Monthly Archives: January 2016

Make life to shine within

Memory is a strange thing. I could recall I visited the Basilica of the Annunciation in 2010 when I visited Nazareth but it was only when I entered that I remembered the glass. And what stained glass! It is beautiful … Continue reading

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Through the eyes of others

Today started early as we visited the Temple Mount before going onto St George’s Cathedral.  Both places were spiritual and I felt we joined to walk alongside those of faith. As at the Western Wall on the Jewish Sabbath we … Continue reading

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Mountains and the wilderness

Today we visited Masada and the dead sea travelling through the Judean wilderness. On the top of Masada in Herod’s fortress it is clear to see why mountain tops are a place of encountering God – theophany. Moses and Jesus … Continue reading

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To light a candle

Today was a day of contrasts. As the group of 26 clergy from Exeter Diocese returned to the coach there was silence. Hundreds of life fragments are woven to become a human tapestry. Longing for a life and a landscape … Continue reading

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Celebrate Difference

Today I celebrated Holy Communion in a small chapel in an area known as the “Shepherds’ Fields” just outside Bethlehem. It is the place where we celebrate the appearance of angels to the shepherds on that first Christmas night. It … Continue reading

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Walls

Today we spent time in Jerusalem. I was struck about how much we spoke about walls. Looking from the Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley you see the Old City walls outside which less than 150 years ago there … Continue reading

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A Risk Worth Taking

I have always given  great consideration to what I say in public. This is something that was instilled in me by my father from an early age and later re enforced in my time in the civil service. But when … Continue reading

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