A note to myself

Nothing to see here, please move along!

Wakefield Cathedral: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8JdEr_At4k

Jerusalem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RZLoiMiv38

BibleMap: http://biblemap.org/

Bible GeoCoding: http://www.openbible.info/geo/

May the Lord,
Mighty God,
Bless and keep you forever.
Grant you peace,
Perfect peace,
Courage in every endeavor.
Lift up your eyes and see His face,
Keep His grace forever.
May the Lord,
Mighty God,
Bless and keep you forever.

Having a dream

I’ve been reading a book recently called “Gallant Women” which is a collection of stories of inspiring women and girls. Printed by the National Sunday School Union in the 1930’s it’s all a bit jolly-hockey-sticks, but entertaining all the same.

A quote in the story of Mary Jones particularly struck me:

But what is the good of a dream if it is concerned only with everyday and easy thing! A dream worth having is one which will take all your persistence and all your resources, and then need almost a miracle to be added, if it is ever to come true.

Easter

It’s not often I write about faith, at least not on a personal level. Time to remedy that. This picture from one of my favourite cartoonists jumped out at me and said something along the lines of “Why not?”. So, here I am.

Same cross. Different nails. I’m not sure what this picture meant to Hugh when he drew it, but for me it mirrors how I feel about various things at the moment. Time moves on, situations change, but we all carry the same cross. It’s just attached to us by different nails.

You see, things are in a state of flux at the moment, faith-wise. I’ve been a member of a fairly mainstream Church of England church for almost 5 years. But I’ve been treading water, to be honest. It’s easy to do that – especially if you know the church “drill” well.

But things need to change. It’s getting increasingly obvious that I have a responsibility to use whatever talents I’ve been given to make the church, the community in it and the outside community better. That sounds all grand and pompous, but of course I know I’m just one small wheel in the machine. But it only takes one wheel to get stuck and it affects everything. I think there’s something in the Bible which says something like that.

So what we, by which I mean the music group, are trying to change is firstly ourselves. If we can get a bit more real, a bit more passionate and heartfelt, a bit more sensitive, then maybe we’ll start having a positive effect on the church. This is, to put it bluntly, really scary and uncomfortable. Maybe we’ll do it, maybe we won’t. But after years of paddling at the edge it’s time I dived in.

Lambeth Conference 2008: Unity or bust

Because of the Anglican bigwig conference happening at the moment in Lambeth, I thought I’d post a picture of mine from a couple of years ago…

Unity or Bust by Rowan Williams

My good friend Dave Walker is there, drawing cartoons and generally being Daveish in his tent. If anyone can sort out the current ecclesiastical mess armed with just a pen it’s Dave. More power to your pen, Mr Walker.