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Letter from the Rector – October 2014

I write this the day after the Scottish Independence Referendum. The result will leave some people exultant or relieved, some downcast and feeling as if their entire life in politics has ended in failure, and some, well, pretty indifferent. However, there is, I suggest, one thought that we all might consider and give thanks for. As I write this there is a low level civil war rumbling along in the eastern Ukraine, horrors in the newly formed state of South Sudan, bestial violence in Iraq, a four-cornered struggle after a failed revolution in Syria, and an exchange of war crimes across the illegal separation line between the Israelis and Palestinians. Even where there is no armed conflict there is equally no peace or justice. China squats on the liberties of her Tibetan and Uigher subject nations in her far west, and elsewhere in the world peoples under oppressive governments dream of freedom. (more…)

Letter from the Dean – October 2014

‘Memories’ – a letter from the Dean – October 2014 I’ve kept a diary since the age of 18, when I was in the sixth form at school. Each day, I’ve written a piece – often not particularly interesting- but, looking back over forty years, the diary enables you to see trends in life – reasons for joy and sorrow and gratitude. I tend to note things which are whimsical or funny – just my nature, I guess. This month, with a new bishop on the horizon, I’ve drawn out a few pieces about bishops I’ve known: (more…)

Letter from the Bishop – September 2014

The late Isaac Asimov, scientist and author of science fiction wrote “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster that society gathers wisdom.” He wrote this prior to the digital revolution in which access to information and communications exploded through the internet and technology. If it were true when he wrote, how much more so now as information on almost any subject can be accessed at the touch of a button and an entry into a search engine such as Google. (more…)

Letter from the Rector – September 2014

By one of those coincidences of the calendar this September’s Sundays give us a set of themes to think about some of the central aspects of the Gospel as they all fall on or next to fixed dates in the Church’s Year. We will be making use of these to present a coherent preaching and teaching programme running up to Harvest. (more…)