Auld Lang Syne
Wishing all readers a might fine 2009!
Musings on faith, society and whatever else gets me going from one of a tradition of turbulent clerics.
My Manx friends, The Heretics have a tradition of everyone making 10 predictions for the coming year. So that I may be a competitor (I have never won) I offer 10 predictions on this site. They are to be read as predictions and not as hopes for the coming year.
An excellent statement by Jewish Voices for Peace on the current Gaza conflict.
Just noticed that Tony Blair is silent on the current violence. What is the point in having him? Not that Bush or Brown are doing much to restrain the situation.
Labels: Middle East War Peace
In light of the escalating conflict in Gaza over the last 24 hours, the Methodist Church is calling for international pressure on both Israel and Hamas to bring an end to the violence.
No sermon posted today due to the fact that Christmas has left me much too tired for anthing of the sorts. Therefore I am today preaching without notes.
An excellent Juan Cole article concerning the Israeli bombing in Gaza.
This evening I will be encouraging my congregation at Alverdiscott to pray for a mother and her two daughters who face the propect of death courtesy of the Home Office. the story of Priviledge Thulambo and her daughters is reported in The Independent. I post the article in full;
Labels: human rights refugees
Just to wish those who visit this blog a wonderful Christmas - especially tonight's visitor from the Isle of Man.
And so the reason for all the fuss has arrived. A bouncing baby boy has been born. And what a commotion he makes, crying and screaming when his needs are not met. And what a lot of work he creates. Barely a moments rest for the doting parents for when his lungs are not being exercised, those cloths in which he is wrapped are being soiled and discoloured with interminable regularity. It's not that his parents are sorry to see him arrive but boy is he hard work!
So not for the first time this year, Pope Benedict is on the march regarding gay marriages. Indeed homosexual orientation now seems to be a grounds for exclusion from the priesthood. I can't be bothered to take up the cudgels on Christmas Eve but here is a song for Benedict.
And so it is that night of nights once more. The clock is ticking down to Christmas Day and soon festivities will be enjoyed with great fervour.
Here is the Christmas message from the President of the Methodist Conference, Rev Stephen Poxon.
Labels: Methodist Church
And so this evening we have heard those familiar readings that are being heard in many a church this day not just in Devon or even Britain but across the continents of this globe.
I would never advise anyone as to whether or not they should throw their shoes at George W Bush. That said if you are going to do it, you might as well hit the target!
Please don't get me wrong! I think X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has a superb voice and a great future. However, I think that the best version of "Hallelujah" is that by the late Jeff Buckley. Have a listen!
I think it is time to bolt the doors and to speak in hushed voices. For what we are considering this evening is the very essence of subversion. Sure many would like to spiritualise away Mary's Magnificat. And as we shall see there is great spiritual wealth within it but I warn you that within it there are also the seeds of revolt and rebellion against the injustices of this world. After all the Guatemalan military were right to recognise this when they prohibited its public reading back in the 1980s. My only difference with them is that I would love to see Magnificat proclaimed week by week by faith communities in both words and deeds.
This is the most beautiful version of one of the greatest songs of Christmas. Please listen and feel your very bowels be moved.
Labels: Human rights
At least that is what my mother used to say. I think Gordon would do well to take her advice.
So benefit claimant are to face lie detector tests. Apart from the sheer obnoxiousness and bullying of such a proposal, I can but wonder why stop there.
Labels: Human rights
Last year, AIDS killed two million people. For more dreadful statistics look here. The rest of the site is worth exploring too. The battle to defeat this terrible disease and the prejudices that surround it must go on.