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On this page you’ll find blogs on the subject of friends from our the latest edition of “Connections “,MARCH APRIL 2019 our Benefice magazine.

 

Priestesses in the Church

“To us a priest is primarily a representative, a double representative, who represents us to God and God to us… We have no objection to a woman doing the first: the whole difficulty is with the second. But why? … Suppose the reformer stops saying that a good woman may...

Gender Identity

“How do you identify?” It’s a question no one ever use d to ask. Just how much of one’s ‘identity’ can be summed up succinctly enough to provide an answer to this question? And just what is identity? A friend said to me once, that - ‘some people’s hair is their...

Male and Female Created He Them

These words, from the first chapter of Genesis, are a bit like the ominous tolling of a bell! Yet really, gender should be irrelevant to Christianity, or at least to God, who is ineffably beyond any such concept, being essentially mystery, hidden in darkness, as the...

A-Gendered Nativity

Being cast in the role of Mary for a School Nativity Play has been seen as one of the first great rites of passage for a girl of infant age. Hotly contested and the subject of tears for disappointed ‘wannabes’ this early experience of a traditional telling of the...

Masculine and feminine images of God

After reading an article that we should avoid only calling God a ‘he’, discovering that the Church of Sweden already have stopped calling God ‘he’ and reminiscing on a pilgrimage we took with our old church to Whitby on the theme of St. Hilda in March, I recently...

The Lord is here – a harvest reflection

Autumn is the only season that the Church marks with a festival directly related to a particular time of the year. Of course we relate Christmas with winter and Easter with spring; but these are cultural associations not directly connected with the focus of the feast....

Letter from Palestine

Sue Parfitt is a member of our community.  She recently spent 3 months in Palestine.  This is one of her letters. The Palestinian Museum of Natural History in Bethlehem, where I am spending a month, somewhat belies its name.  It is indeed that but so much more than...

Living the Resurrection

Ginny, our associate priest, found this inspiring extract from Richard Rohr.  She writes "It’s just too much to grasp what resurrection actually means. Richard Rohr just encapsulates how it can change how we can live now, grounded in hope."

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