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(poem is in Cambridge. I’m not. Knew I should have scheduled it)

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Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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We are often slow to follow the example of Christ.
Lord, have mercy.

We often fail to be known as Christ’s disciples.
Christ, have mercy.

We often fail to walk the way of the cross.
Lord, have mercy.

from the Bishops’ Consultation Eucharist
Taize window: To Jerusalem

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Apr

somewhere, reality has bitten. sharp. As I said in my last more…

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“it is preposterously false to think that we clergy can ‘fix’ the poor: it is more truly they who ‘fix’ us, by reminding us of our endless need for grace and our emptyhandedness without it.”

Praying for England, p.19

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“the significant contribution of older people to the socialisation of the next-but-one generation is to enable them to glimpse the richness and relevance of dialectal logic. In contrast, the parenting generation is likely to be fixated with enhancing their child’s capacity for formal logic.”

– why we need to stay in touch with our grandparents, or borrow some –

Ann Morisey, Journeying Out, p.76

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We have a pile of bishops here – is the collective noun a college when they’re not all there? – some of whom were great company in the bar last night. They are here talking about mission and ministry. Good to know that they’re getting together to discuss this. Very good of a few of them to kindly buy us drinks and let us tell them about the church we hope to work in, while we still have idealist optimistic dreams and visions that they probably don’t hear from all their priests in the reality of it. But you have to dream dreams, and those around me doing mission essays in the library, we all have dreams about making change happen and seeing the church grow again. Dreams are a good place to start. Hoping the bishops are also being refreshed and renewed here and re-enabled to dream dreams too, and re-imagine the Easter people church we all aspire to be.

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“We are forced to think through, yet again, what the relationship between Christ and culture ought to be”

Christ and Culture Revisited
. D A Carson

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Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention. The capacity to give one’s attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing; it is almost a miracle; it is a miracle. Nearly all those who think they have this capacity do not possess it. Warmth of heart, impulsiveness, pity are not enough.

Simone Weil

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