A Couple Counsellor’s perspective on Forgiveness

A Couple Counsellor’s perspective on Forgiveness

Forgiveness comes up often at Relate, the relationship counselling charity where I work. A common reason couples (or individuals) come is that one of them is finding it hard to ‘get over’ something their partner has done: “I’m not sure I can forgive him/her.” Usually...
Forgiveness – letting go

Forgiveness – letting go

A good friend challenged me recently, rightly and graciously, after I had presided at the Eucharist. For him it was important that I, as priest, pronounced forgiveness : “May God forgive you . . .” I have usually said “May God forgive us . . .”, feeling as unworthy as...
Friendships Formed in Communal Prayer

Friendships Formed in Communal Prayer

Each year during January and February, Catherine and Christopher Richards lead a month-long retreat in daily life. The month consists of guided prayer – each person who has signed up to be a prayee is matched up with a prayer guide who they see once a week over the...
Friendship

Friendship

When we moved to Bristol nearly three years ago and we went to worship at our parish church, St Paul’s, and at Cotham, what a wonderful welcome we received. We have enjoyed making new friends in the three congregations and in other ways. By a wonderful coincidence, I...
Carol Bell: an Icon of Friendship

Carol Bell: an Icon of Friendship

Carol was always the first to greet visitors to Gothic Lodge, her home in London’s L’Arche community for over thirty years. Although limited in her speech Carol always called each person by a ‘name’ – sometimes an approximation to their actual name, but often Carol’s...