From the monthly archives:

November 2013

Methodist Church consults on same-sex marriage

by Richard on November 30, 2013

A consultation for Methodists on same sex marriage and civil partnerships has now been launched, with a deadline of 9am on 10 February 2014.
Complete the questionnaire

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The human race consists of the damned and the ought to be damned.

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This Land

by Richard on November 24, 2013

The Boss sings Woody

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on November 24, 2013

O Thou who camest from above,
the pure celestial fire to impart
kindle a flame of sacred love
on the mean altar of my heart.
There let it for thy glory burn
with inextinguishable blaze,
and trembling to its source return,
in humble prayer and fervent praise.
Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire
to work and speak and think for thee;
still let me guard the [...]

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Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to commemorate those who have been murdered as a result of transphobic hatred, as well as a day to raise awareness of the violence suffered daily by transgender people and communities. (I’ll be using this prayer at the Civic Centre Vigil in Swansea.)
How long, O God?
How long [...]

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Abe’s laudable wishful thinking

by Kim on November 19, 2013

Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. An all-time great speech — and just a couple of minutes long (10 sentences, c. 270 words — the exact number is disputed). I had to memorise it in high school (in New York, not Dixie). I could recite it to you now. [...]

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The time: 1917. The character: Elinor, a young artist. The scene: a large room in Queen’s Hospital, Sidcup, which provides pioneering facial plastic surgery for wounded soldiers, where Elinor is about to start work as a medical illustrator.
She was walking head down when a near-collision with somebody in a blue uniform forced her [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on November 10, 2013

OUR earth we now lament to see
With floods of wickedness o’erflowed,
With violence, wrong, and cruelty,
One wide-extended field of blood,
Where men like fiends each other tear,
In all the hellish rage of war.
As [...]

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