Reflections and Stories

The Gospel and Safe Spaces

7 Sep 2017

“Snowflakes” (the non-wintery kind) seem to be the talk of the day, with many a modern-day Cato complaining about the times and mores; they decry “safe spaces” with the same verve one would expect Cotton Mather used in the witch hunts of his day.

One such...

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Quakers and Language: Classically Christian or Distinctly Quaker?

21 Aug 2017

From the mention of internal translation, I felt that language would be a recurring theme throughout this year’s Quaker Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG) for me. Quakers use a wide variety of language, with some appearing to be more explicitly Christian than others. We all have words we are...

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Rach's Reflection - no big yellow taxi

25 Jul 2017

One of my favourite songs is Big Yellow Taxi, particularly the Counting Crows featuring Vanessa Carlton version. It includes in it "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone." This is something I try...

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Rach's Reflections - Boxes

10 Jul 2017

When I arrived at my first year of University I was dropped off at my halls by my dad and my brother. I was excited to unpack my boxes, sort out my new bed linen, and put up cards and photos on my notice board, to make my room about me.

During my first year at university, I accumulated a...

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Why I’m Spending a Year Living With a Community of Nuns

3 Jul 2017

Vocation was described by Frederick Buechner as the place where our deep joy meets the world’s deep need. In a few days, I’ll be attempting to find my own sense of calling by spending 12 months living with the Order of the Holy Paraclete, a community of nuns at St Hilda’s Priory in Whitby. Often...

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What Makes a Good Leader?

5 Jun 2017

I have sometimes half-jokingly said that a fair bit of what I know about ministry, I learned from my mother. I think I might have learnt a few things from her about what makes a good leader, too. After all, I doubt you can bring up three children single-handed as she did without some skills in...

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Rach's Reflections - Celebrate with SCM

1 Jun 2017

It is usually about now we start to think about things coming to an end, whether it is the last exam or essay being handed in for the summer, or even completing the last one ever. I wonder what is coming to an end for you? How are you celebrating?

I’m the sort of person who gets excited...

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When your team doesn’t win

31 May 2017

This week my Facebook feed is full of political posts about how if I vote a certain way then certain things will definitely happen – money for schools, better healthcare trusts - you name it, there is a manifesto pledge for it, somewhere. I always feel hopeful the week before an election as more...

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Rach’s Reflections: Life In All Its Fullness

19 May 2017

A couple of Sundays ago I was preaching twice. On both occasions I used the same readings which included John 10:1-10. It ends with the well-known and often quoted, “I came to give life—life in all its fullness.” This blog is version three of the sermon, as I’ve never yet said the same thing...

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Rach’s Reflections: Whatever the Future May Be

2 May 2017

I ended up on the Telegraph website the other day, (not on purpose, you know what happens when you click on one article from Facebook), after pondering what to blog about this week. I came across two articles that confirmed my theme of vocation, discernment and life choices.

The first...

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