Every so often I tootle off to see ‘my’ nun. Finding somebody who can act in the capacity of a ‘spiritual director’ can be a bit hit and miss. None of them like that title, it would seem: they don’t do any directing, they say. I prefer to call them ‘spiritual interpreters’ because I find […]
I recently took part in Christian Aid’s online petition to our MEPs to pressure for fairer tax laws, especially in poorer countries, because the tax loopholes there keep the very poor in great poverty. Fairer laws would close the loopholes. Thinking that my offering would disappear into the big black hole of European politics, I […]
‘Let in our sister, Grief, who should always have a place by our fire.’ (African proverb) As soon as I read this, I loved it. What do we do with our grief? Don’t we always try and get away from it, only to find that it’s following us around, attached to our lives like a […]
‘We’ don’t wish to be either exalted or subjugated. We just want to be treated as human beings. And I give thanks for those religious leaders who don’t come under this description. May their influence spread far and wide!
There’s a very old West Indian lady in our church – she’s at least 90, but she’s not sure – she may have been born at a time when birth certificates were not necessarily issued automatically. She’s had a hard life, being sent away from home as a ‘slave child’ to care for other people’s […]
Hub has had a coin collection for a long time – though he’s ignored it for at least 40 years! – but he has a great many coins collected when he was a schoolboy. Recently he got a proper display file with lots of different pockets and sorted the coins according to country. Today we […]
First-time buyers still struggling to get on the petrol ladder Despite government assurances that the budget would help them out, millions still can’t afford their first gallon of petrol, claims the RAC. With the threat of unemployment and wage freezes allied to the credit crunch, young couples are struggling to get the deposit together to […]