Prayer and Pilgrimage

What Makes a Good Prayer? Part Two

28 Mar 2019

How have you been praying this month? In the last blog post  we looked at how intention, mental and physical health, and location can all affect your prayer life. Have you noticed any differences? Are you more aware...

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Why My Path to Prayer Is More of a Long and Winding Road

28 Feb 2019

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is reported to have at least once uttered the words, “I am far too busy to pray for less than two hours a day.” While I am in no position to confirm if this is still the case for the Most Rev. Tutu, I have little hesitation in admitting that this is not the situation that...

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I Cannot Do This Alone

26 Feb 2019

When you think about political resistance, what comes to mind? For me I think of the ‘RESIST’ poster that was hung from a crane behind the White House after Trump’s election, and the marches and protests that went on around the country in response. I think of Bonhoeffer and the plot against...

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What Makes A Good Prayer? Part One

20 Feb 2019

When was the last time you were satisfied with your prayer life? I suspect that for most of us prayer is something we are never completely satisfied with - we feel like we should be doing more of it, doing it for longer, and doing it with more sincerity.

Perhaps we don’t even know yet...

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Mud and Wonder: Walking the Pilgrim's Way

13 Feb 2019

On the 24th March 2018, I found myself standing with my bare feet caked in gooey mud, in the middle of a vast plain of sand and mudflats, following a straight line of wooden poles stretching far into the distance. I was halfway across the Pilgrim’s Way, stretching between the coast of...

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8 Feb 2019

Churches are being invited to pray for students around the world on Student Sunday, 17 February 2019. 

Student Sunday, known internationally as the Universal Day of Prayer for Students, is one of the oldest global ecumenical days of prayer, and recognises the extraordinary contribution of...

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Why I Walk

1 Feb 2019

I grew up in a Free Church tradition. I attended a Baptist Church at home and when I went to university I found the SCM-affiliated Methodist Society, and through it St Paul’s Methodist Church where I was later baptised. Despite that, this year will be my sixth participating in Student Cross, a ...

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Rach's Reflection: What shapes my faith?

22 Oct 2018

This month we are thinking about how our faith impacts our politics, and I’ve been wondering what it is that shapes my faith in the first place.

This shouldn’t be surprising, but through some training, meetings and worship in the last couple of weeks, the importance of reading the Bible...

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Prayers Are Not Enough

16 Feb 2018

I suppose we all have some feelings about the recent mass shooting in Florida, from anger and sadness to frustration and disbelief.  There has been much discussion about the incident on social media, and what I have found so...

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On Praying Together

14 Feb 2018

From the Song of Moses to the Our Father and beyond, prayer is shown to be a foundation stone in the Christian faith. We use it, amongst other things, to offer thanks, as a form of petition, and simply in order to maintain a dialogue with the living God. But prayer remains elusive to so many...

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