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Letter from the Rector – June 2015

As I write, the land of Iraq is being torn apart by war. In one sense this is not surprising, it has a short history as a nation state, one of several cobbled together by Britain and France out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War. It was a land of many ethnic groups, languages and religions. Its Jewish community, perhaps three thousand years old, has been almost completely gone since the foundation of the modern state of Israel; and now disintegration between Kurds, Shia, Sunni is following, with the ancient Christian communities following their Jewish ‘elder brothers in the Faith’ into exile. There is much suffering and little hope. (more…)

Letter from the Bishop – June 2015

Following the General Election, we again have a single party with a small overall majority. The new landscape with Scotland almost entirely SNP and England Conservative brings with it a new landscape in respect of future devolution, the distribution of power and how government operate. We may be tired of the endless political chatter. Nevertheless now is a moment to reflect on power and indeed how so often we both take it for granted in so many places and then contrarily in other places focus endlessly upon it. (more…)