Existential fridge philosophy

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Ever since it appeared on the wall of the physics lab at my 6th Form College I've loved this quote:

"Life is strange!" said Jeremy
"Compare to what?"said the Spider

When I'm making coffee I tend to put something up on the fridge relating to the Bible, philosophy, spirituality et al. My daughter tends to re-arrange the letters a little.
I thought I'd put up the Jeremy quote this week, I noticed it has morphed into:


Not as profound but made me laugh

Depth, height and practical theology

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Off to Douai Abbey today to co-lead the DEPTH retreat. Really looking forward to exploring 'Soul Stuff' with a great bunch of children's. family and youth workers, and for the Soul space I'll enjoy too.

Life has been very full recently but the additional straw (and a big one at that) of the essay is nearly gone. Just some tidying up and then I can submit. I've also started making notes for the next one which is, 'All theology is necessarily practical - Discuss'

After the retreat I'm back into a fairly intense period of work for a couple of weeks, but then - jumping on a bus to the Alps where I am speaking on a Ski trip. I'm incredibly excited about the ministry opportunity, being in the mountains, and the skiing.
Have a look at Kleine Scheidigg station via the webcam On the 8th or later and see if you spot me! (Still space on the EHT15 trip if you fancy coming along)



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Talking about Teenagers

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I'm in Headington Quarry* tonight talking about Teenagers. Really looking forward to speaking at what sounds like a fun series on inclusive relationships.

Glad of the train journey back from London to get my words into some sort of a framework


It's a place in Oxford, I am not in fact standing in the hole left by open cast mining of any sort

Yo! S'up?

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I'm using a web site to check Parish Information. It's a bit like a hotel website (but without a star rating ..... hey that's a whole other idea) in that it has symbols to represent what components are present. I'm liking that the presence of a youth group is designated by

Awesome, mad, wonderful ....

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Deadly sins of Youth Ministry

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I posted this musing about the seven deadly sins of youth ministry some years ago but I thought I would revisit it and re-post. So here's the updated muse:

  1. Making yourself the focus of the youth ministry

  2. Isolating the youth ministry from the life of the Church

  3. Instilling Information not facilitating encounter, exploration and action

  4. Modelling an eternal adolescence

  5. Avoiding accountability

  6. Not maintaining your own inner life

  7. Thinking you have nothing more to learn

Links well with the 15 ailments that the Pope identifies as a challenge to Vatican Staff (but the list translates well to all ministers)


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We have a Netflix subscription at home now which has given me access to SCRUBS. I just love this programme, genius! Watched an episode last night that managed to make me laugh and cry at more or less the same time .... that's some good writing and visual story telling.

Talking of brilliant writing: I loved the closing two-parter of "Cabin Pressure" at Christmas. The 'Zurich' episode was a brilliantly crafted and very satisfying conclusion.
I shall miss all the characters enormously although the quotes and voices live large in my mind. Farewell Gerti, Martin, Douglas, Arthur, Carolyn and of course her Serene Highness Princess Theresa Gustava Bonaventura of Lichtenstein!

Lent Material

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I REALLY like the Free (yay) Lent Material that Winchester Diocese have put together. It's written around exploring the Benedictine rule of Life together. It's all age, participative, creative ...... and is framed around living a life of contemplation and action.

Have a look
Thank you Winchester

A booty of a Mission Statement

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True Worshipers effectively reaching the Kingdom!

So apart from the odd theology of "reaching the kingdom" and aligning mission with twerking, what's not to love?

ht the wonderful folk at Ship of Fools

Social Attitudes of Young People

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A report published last month which is a really helpful study of the generation born from about 1990 onwards. Web publication

"Large numbers of young people feel that they are being treated unfairly. We do not have the data available to tell us whether this is a new phenomenon that is specific to the current generation of young people. Therefore, we cannot disentangle whether this is an age/ life cycle effect or a generational shift.

According to the European Social Survey 2008-9, young people are far more likely to feel that they have experienced age based prejudice than older people. The UK has some of the lowest levels of prejudice against older people in Europe with less than 20% of people aged over 70 reporting prejudice. However, more than 60% of under 25s say that they have experienced age based prejudice"

I'm back

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I'm back and piloting the desk for the first time this year. I'm accompanied by a large mug of coffee, a To-do list and a small Henry Vacuum cleaner (Christmas present).

The first couple of weeks is going to be a little intense as I have muchos work to do, then when I get home I have to battle with completing the Ecclesiology essay in the face of a looming deadline, eek (2000 words done, 4000 to go!!)

Only a month though until I head out to Switzerland which is incredibly exciting (if I don't think about the preparation I have to do for this)

But I am excited about 2015.
My work feels exciting and useful. Family are fab. The days are lengthening again. Oh and I've set myself the target of 24 comedy gigs this year.

The blog continues for the moment as people still seem to be tuning in? Am aiming to try and write up more of the discipleship and spirituality work that I have been doing.

Here's to the adventure my fine friends ........


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