Coming of Age

Article in Stretton Focus August 2020 The title of my piece usually refers to the time when young people reach a stage of maturity where we ‘cut the apron strings’, and move into adulthood. Before that, we were more like sheep being led, and fed and guided: but in coming of age, we accept the […]

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Sailing forward

Article in Stretton Focus June 2020 The practice of religion is built on two ships, Worship and Fellowship. These two vessels normally sail together through the sea of life. Now storms have blown them apart and, separated, their essential characteristics get highlighted. Worship is at sea, moving into a new ocean. It has moved out […]

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Change

Article in Stretton Focus July 2020 What has been the greatest influence for change in recent years? Politics? Religion? Philosophy? No! Shopping!! According to a recent article in The Week home delivery is reshaping the world. Take John Lewis as an example. They used to sell through department stores but in the 10 years 2006 […]

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Flowers do Bloom in the Desert

Article in Stretton Focus March 2020 After the most devastating forest fires Australia has known, the signs of new life and growth are well underway. Spring does come again. Life renews itself, not necessarily in the same way. New species or mutations emerge. For faith communities this is full of meaning and expectation and all […]

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What do you believe?

Article in Stretton Focus, January 2020 I will lay my cards on the table. I believe that ‘believing’ is an overrated and even dangerous religious practice. Overrated, because saying that you believe something or other doesn’t make it true. At one time people said they believed that the earth was flat, or that the earth […]

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Latest Church News

CHURCH ORGAN As you may be aware, it was decided to sell the church organ.  It was failing regularly and the cost of repair was prohibitive. Also we have nobody able to play it! The organ was placed for sale on ebay and eventually was bought, along with the seat, by a man from Halesowen. […]

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Newsletter 31st March 2021

CHURCH STRETTON UNITED REFORMED CHURCH  31st March 2021  Edition 28   Dear Friends, Our Newsletter’s first birthday came in Easter week, a time when we consider the crucifixion, the resurrection and the accompanying messages and symbolism. However we are putting a birthday candle on our page as a celebration of achieving together something challenging in […]

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Myth and Mystery in Religion

Lecture to Engaging Issues November 2017 Some of you may remember that, a couple of years ago, I was standing here to give a talk on being Spiritual but not Religious. And I was pretty scathing about some aspects of traditional religion, which I claimed were obsolete, and needed to be discarded. Nevertheless, I do […]

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