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Letter from the Rector – September 2011

The other day I had to wait with somebody until the RAC arrived to rescue them in one of the lanes over towards Bridgnorth. It was close to ten o’clock at night and the clouds were sailing across the August sky, between them the stars glittered with their distant and crystalline beauty. I was reminded how before Galileo it was believed that the stars moved in spheres around the earth in a succession of heavens ascending towards the divine presence, and as they and the seven planets moved they created a voiceless music of inexpressible beauty. (more…)

Letter from the Bishop – September 2011

This month sees the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York. The term 9.11 is now a part of the global vocabulary. Most of us can remember where we were and what we were doing on that fateful day. None of us can deny the shock and horror as we watched film footage of the impact of the aircraft and the consequent collapse of the buildings. The resultant loss of life was something few would have expected in an urban context far removed from a conventional war zone. For many families caught up in the events of that day the anniversary will no doubt be a difficult day. Memories will be stirred and emotions once again brought to the fore. Solidarity with those who lost loved ones and remembering all those who worked with courage to save others will be important. (more…)