From the monthly archives:

November 2009

Fr Francis, RIP

by Richard on November 29, 2009

It is with some sadness that I’ve learned of the death of Fr Francis McKenna, one of my former colleagues in Swansea. His funeral homily is on the Belmont Abbey website. It rings very true to my experience of him. He had a great sense of fun and, in the words of one of his [...]

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“Advent Calendar” by Rowan Williams

by Kim on November 29, 2009

He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to the bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud’s folding.
He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens to mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.
He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on November 29, 2009

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.
Born thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now thy [...]

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Methodist blog round-up

by Richard on November 28, 2009

Allan Bevere has the latest

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Happy Thanksgiving…

by Richard on November 26, 2009

…to all my US friends. Especially those exiled this side of the Atlantic. You know who you are!
Hope you’re able to get your traditional pumpkin and pecan-based fare.
Even if it is strange.

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Video of the day: The Muppets’ Bohemian Rhapsody

by Richard on November 26, 2009

OK. I know this vid is doing the rounds. But it gave me a smile.

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The hacking of CRU (aka “Climategate”)

by Richard on November 26, 2009

Irony alert.
Pajamas Media on ‘Climategate’
So what does this all mean? It does not mean that there is no warming trend or that mankind has not been responsible for at least some of the warming. To claim that as result of these documents is clearly a step too far. However, it is clear that at [...]

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McCabe on “what is wrong with capitalism”

by Kim on November 25, 2009

“What is wrong with capitalism, then, is not that it involves some people being richer than I am. I cannot see the slightest objection to other people being richer than I am; I have no urge to be as rich as everybody else, and no Christian (and indeed no grown-up person) could possibly devote [...]

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Buying as believing

by Richard on November 24, 2009

PamBG has a very helpful post: Capitalism as a Belief System
In many ways, I’m still a “foreigner” here in the US and one of the things that has struck me is how much capitalism appears to be for many people in the US a belief system as well as a way of running an economy. [...]

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The Copenhagen diagnosis

by Richard on November 24, 2009

In advance of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, a group of 26 scientists have issued The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Climate Science Report, which aims to highlight the main issues for the negotiations.
The most significant recent climate change findings are:
Surging greenhouse gas emissions: Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels in 2008 were nearly 40% higher than [...]

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The Great Passion

by Kim on November 24, 2009

“To what may we liken [the] distinctive theology [of Karl Barth]? It has a character of its own. To come upon it is like entering a light and roomy and beautiful church with wide-open windows and open doors that invite an entrance and welcome the everyday world…. He was convinced that the [...]

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Ministerial formation

by Richard on November 23, 2009

The other day, Kim quoted from Stanley Hauerwas on ministerial formation. Allow me to repeat a morsel:
Medical education, therefore, entails moral formation that those who teach in divinity schools can only envy. Why are those who run medical schools able to form students to be physicians in a manner we are not able to train [...]

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CRU hack

by Richard on November 23, 2009

The hacking of the Climate Research Unit’s email system has been all over the blogosphere for several days. It has the ’skeptics’ excited. Friends of science’s response is representative
The Hadley Climate Research Unit (CRU) computer system at the University of East Anglia in the UK was hacked and over a thousand sensitive emails and many [...]

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Cycling to Copenhagen

by Richard on November 23, 2009

Ben Bradley is cycling to Copenhagen
I’m a pragmatic kind-of fellow and having understood a little about advocacy and campaigning as part of my time working at an international relief and development charity, I thought it was right to offer my time and enjoyment of cycling to the cause.
I think we can all see that I [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on November 22, 2009

Jesus — the name high over all,
in hell or earth or sky;
angels and men before it fall,
and devils fear and fly.
Jesus — the name to sinners dear,
The name to sinners given!
It scatters all their guilty fear,
it turns their hell to heaven.
Jesus — the prisoner’s fetters breaks,
And bruises Satan’s head;
Power into strengthless souls it speaks,
And life [...]

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Minister receives hate mail for work with refugees

by Richard on November 20, 2009

From BBC News:
A Methodist minister has been sent hate mail because he has allowed his church in Greater Manchester to be used by a group helping refugees.
Reverend Phil Mason, from The Victoria Hall in Bolton, said he was concerned for his family after receiving the notes in the last few months.
But despite their abusive nature, [...]

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Dear Mr Woolas, all I want for Christmas is…

by Richard on November 20, 2009

…an end to the locking up of children
This just in from the Methodist Church:
Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed Church leaders have called on people to send an extra card this Christmas, to Immigration Minister Phil Woolas MP, asking him to end the detention of children in the asylum system.
Revd David Gamble, President [...]

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Praying for Obama?

by Richard on November 19, 2009

This article from USA Today is doing the rounds on Twitter
“Pray for Obama.”
A kind and generous statement.
Or is it?
A crop of bumper stickers and T-shirts emblazoned with that call to prayer for the president have appeared for sale recently online through make-it-yourself outlets such as Zazzle.com and CafePress.com. And most of the “Pray for Obama” [...]

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Complementarianism defined

by Richard on November 19, 2009

Well, a picture paints a thousand words.
ASBO Jesus just keeps getting it right.

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Church on your Wii?

by Richard on November 19, 2009

Of course, it’s not real. But it gave me a much-needed smile.
(H/T: Hacking Christianity)

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