Somebody else’s shoes

The Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese of Oxford, preached last Sunday at our Patronal Festival. Martyn referred to the meaning of Michael’s name, “who is like God,” but he turned this around and, through the telling of two personal stories, the question changed to a statement, “I am like God.” This turnaround was both revealing and arresting. Continue reading “Somebody else’s shoes”


A blog for all seasons has a particular interest in representing the liturgical times and seasons and attempts to integrate the pattern of our every day life within the church’s year. So, as we approach Michaelmas we are aware of the signs of autumn and the onset of the colder, darker days of winter. The course of nature changes. The brilliance of the summer sun is softened and veiled by the early morning mists. In secular life the academic year begins and, it seems (especially here in Oxford), that a new year has dawned. Continue reading “Michaelmas”

Faith at home

In Scetis, a brother went to see Abba Moses and begged him for a word. The old man said, “Go and sit in your cell and your cell will teach you everything.”…  This is one of my favourite spiritual teachings which comes from the desert. It comes from a collection of sayings formulated by an eccentric band of Christians who sought a life without distractions. This movement, to the western desert in Egypt, represented the beginnings of what we know as Christian monasticism. The central place of devotion became the cell for the desert hermit. This way of spiritual formation was a hard road, tormenting, life threatening, relentless. Continue reading “Faith at home”

Church in confusion

The Church is confused again!  The ongoing debate on human sexuality and the recent uproar regarding the Bishop of Grantham, Nicholas Chamberlain, has highlighted ethical, doctrinal and biblical puzzlement in church circles. In the recent past this type of revelation had led to quick, ill thought-out responses. A confused and polarised mentality which has herded people into compartmentalised spaces where there is little room for manoeuvre. Continue reading “Church in confusion”

‘We must do this again’

Many of you will know that I am not adverse to the odd game of golf – sometimes it is very odd indeed, sometimes a little crazy! The game has been around since people saw the need to hit a ball with a stick in the countryside. ‘A good walk spoiled’ cynics have cried. Yet golf, re-accredited as an Olympic sport, has never been more popular. The old social stereotypes are gradually being dismantled. Continue reading “‘We must do this again’”