Perspectives… thoughts for Lent

March 4th, 2010

Have you ever found yourself asking what do a modern city and the Bible really have in common? How does faith fit in with how we live our lives in a city which is changing as fast as York? In previous years CoRE, the York City Centre Churches Care and Development Trust played host to […]

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Sheffield as a City of Sanctuary

February 15th, 2010

The term “Asylum Seeker” should be dropped.  Don’t use it.  I argued this in an article for the Methodist Recorder in April 2001.  It is better to recognise instead that there are people seeking or taking Sanctuary.  There is an urgent need for a new and alternative vocabulary in the whole Immigration debate which will […]

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Permission to Speak

August 3rd, 2009

A meeting place for the sharing of the spiritual journeys of its readers www.permissiontospeak.org.uk Share this with your followers…

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Delhi Cathedral 18th February 2001

May 26th, 2009

Amos 9:7 and John 4:21 See also Isaiah 19:19-25 (J. Sacks, Dignity of Difference, p.204)   I came to India in 1982 and made contact with the Church of North India. The Rev. Pritam Santram was the General Secretary and The Rev. Ernest Talibuddin was treasurer. The Rev. Patrick Moti lal was an up and […]

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Set all Free Sermon

May 26th, 2009

I am honoured to give this Methodist Sacramental Fellowship Lecture.  I am grateful to the MSF for the support you have given me over the years.   I value MSF for the respect you give to the testimony of the Holy Scriptures and the centrality of the Holy Eucharist. I have been invited to give this […]

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A sermon preached on Racial Justic Sunday 2004

May 22nd, 2009

“People will come from East and West, North and South, and will eat in the kingdom of God” (Lk 13:29 NRSV) It’s a wonderful image for our contemporary world. We gather in the weekend during which the third anniversary of 9/11 has been marked. We gather at the end of the week which has seen the tragedy […]

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Vigil, Stratford Street Mosque 5th February 2006

May 22nd, 2009

The vigil is the initiative of Religious Leaders in Beeston, Leeds.  It has been organised by the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum.  The YHFF was established last year to: • Advance the contribution of faith communities in the Yorkshire and Humber Region • Encourage and educate faith communities to work together in matters of policy, strategy and […]

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‘Anything you did’ Sermon

May 22nd, 2009

“…anything you did for one of the least important of these, you did for me.”  Mt.25:40 Our Calling as individuals and congregations is to serve God and Christ day by day.  The Gospel reading today teaches us that we serve Christ, and thus God, through service to the “least important.” “…anything you did For one […]

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Praying with Archbishop John Sentamu for “Lasting Peace in the Middle East”

May 22nd, 2009

Drumming and dancing had led the enthronement of John Sentamu as Archbishop of York.  Having witnessed this last year, I returned this month to express solidarity with his quiet vigil of seven days of prayer and fasting for “lasting peace in the Middle East”.  Tourists were queuing to enter York Minister as I arrived.  “I’ve […]

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Ye have seen his Natal Star

May 22nd, 2009

An exceptional storm On Christmas Day 1497 Vasco Da Gama first reached the South Eastern shores of South Africa.  He named the area Natal.  It is now called Kwazulu Natal.  Recently, I visited the area on behalf of Christian Aid to explore issues around HIV/AIDS in conversations with theologians, including those living with HIV/AIDS.                  On […]

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