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by Pam
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Christmas
Topic: Mary, did you know? ... seasonal video
Replies: 0
Views: 393

Mary, did you know? ... seasonal video

Lovely arrangement of Mary, Did You Know? by Pentatonix

by Pam
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Christmas
Topic: Advent Calendar 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 719

Advent Calendar 2018

Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyr...
by Pam
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Prayer
Topic: Father Thomas Keating
Replies: 9
Views: 3319

Father Thomas Keating

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Giving thanks for Father Thomas Keating, and all teachers of prayer and spirituality.
by Pam
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: Adding Media to Posts
Replies: 2
Views: 2886

Adding Media to Posts

Thank you, Caroline - I can confirm this works like magic! :spin: :flowerface:
by Pam
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: All Souls' Day
Replies: 1
Views: 1424

All Souls' Day

Today is All Souls' Day, when we remember, and pray for, the departed. This blog , from the iBenedictines website, explains what All Souls Day means. And this beautiful song, I Find Your Love in Everything, by Beth Nielsen Chapman, explores the experience of bereavement in an optimistic way. https:/...
by Pam
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Theology - Speaking, Thinking, Learning about God
Replies: 1
Views: 2145

Theology - Speaking, Thinking, Learning about God

I love theology! Which, in its simplest form, is studying God in whatever context we see him. Like you, Ernest, I thoroughly enjoyed ministerial training which brought me into contact with formal theology. There are numerous resources online now - one of my favourites for preaching is The Text This ...
by Pam
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Prayer
Topic: Pittsburgh Synagogue
Replies: 4
Views: 1833

Pittsburgh Synagogue

It turns out my husband knew one of the victims, who was the widow of one if his colleagues.

Prayers for all affected.

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by Pam
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Interfaith Forums and Activities
Replies: 4
Views: 2535

Interfaith Forums and Activities

I took over temporarily as the manager of a multi-faith prison chaplaincy before I was ordained. This gave me the opportunity to connect with members of different faith groups and their visiting ministers, and it's the best way to find out about how non-Christian faiths are practised that I've ever ...
by Pam
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Ordination as Deacon
Replies: 3
Views: 2055

Ordination as Deacon

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by Pam
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Confirmation
Replies: 5
Views: 2582

Confirmation

Excellent answer, Joe! I'd only add that, in the C of E, confirmation services offer the opportunity to receive the blessing of the bishop, and for the bishop to bless those who are entering full membership of the church. So it increases, and strengthens, the network of personal relationships that m...
by Pam
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Religious Festivals versus Bank Holidays
Replies: 13
Views: 4025

Religious Festivals versus Bank Holidays

As one of those retired clergy, I still want to attend a daily Eucharist to keep my world in balance, believe it or not, and living down the street from our world headquarters, we do have a daily Eucharist at noon Monday through Friday which I attend, or occasionally, maybe once a week or so, celeb...
by Pam
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Religious Festivals versus Bank Holidays
Replies: 13
Views: 4025

Religious Festivals versus Bank Holidays

In my experience, that a sense that 'someone should do something' can often be a nudge to be the 'someone' that does it! You're very wise to note that you can't, on your own, tackle all the gaps you perceive, but trying something out could be very helpful in gauging interest for such services. I'll ...
by Pam
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Religious Festivals versus Bank Holidays
Replies: 13
Views: 4025

Religious Festivals versus Bank Holidays

In my experience of parish life, there isn't that much demand for communion in terms of people who are keen to turn up to church to take communion in the week - there is a demand for communion to be happening, perhaps, but not so that the people who are demanding it can attend! The preparation for a...
by Pam
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Religious Festivals versus Bank Holidays
Replies: 13
Views: 4025

Religious Festivals versus Bank Holidays

I'm not sure what you're asking, Ernest? As I understand it, 'Days of Obligation' are holy days when we, as practising Christians, should consider ourselves obliged to seek out a communion service - but as you remark, some of these may be Sundays anyway. According to the Church of England website , ...
by Pam
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Prayer
Topic: Grenfell anniversary
Replies: 5
Views: 2320

Grenfell anniversary

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by Pam
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Faith, Belief or Trust or All Three
Replies: 9
Views: 2734

Faith, Belief or Trust or All Three

We've done an online version of the Pilgrim course over Lent at least twice in i-church. I had to adapt the material, but I think it worked well in creating space for people to explore and discuss.
by Pam
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Faith, Belief or Trust or All Three
Replies: 9
Views: 2734

Faith, Belief or Trust or All Three

I think, whether we like it or not, people will judge our faith on what they know of us. It can be difficult even telling people that we're Christians - I once heard a story about a couple of work colleagues meeting each other on a faith-development weekend, neither of whom was aware that the other ...
by Pam
Mon May 21, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: Royal Wedding
Replies: 7
Views: 2218

Royal Wedding

BTW Did you preach like him? :wink: I am pretty sure I didn't, though maybe I should have asked what they meant by 'Like Bishop Curry.' I did draw on his sermon to reflect on Pentecost, and what it meant to the disciples, and on other religious revivals Los Angeles and how they have brought differe...
by Pam
Mon May 21, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: Royal Wedding
Replies: 7
Views: 2218

Royal Wedding

:votive2: :votive1: :votive2: Bishop Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the USA, gave a memorable address which can be viewed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44186049 When I arrived at the church where I was preaching this morning, the welcomers at the door greeted me ...
by Pam
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: Software Updates
Replies: 55
Views: 13180

Software Updates

Well done! Hope the hard work is over now.
by Pam
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: Software Updates
Replies: 55
Views: 13180

Software Updates

Scary! :unsure:
by Pam
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Misuse of Personal Data
Replies: 5
Views: 1797

Misuse of Personal Data

Good to hear that you consider i-church trustworthy, Ernest!

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by Pam
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Misuse of Personal Data
Replies: 5
Views: 1797

Misuse of Personal Data

I can accept Mark Zuckerberg's statement that nobody decided to abuse Facebook users' trust, but for such a huge organisation to have no clear policies to prevent this seems negligent. He said himself that he founded and runs the company - maybe this is the problem, such a large company surely needs...