There’s something about creativity. It has been said it is “the place where the Divine and the Human meet” (Matthew Fox).
Perhaps it is something to do with the universe, a universe where the evolutionary creative process continues to bring order and form out of chaos, but always changing, being renewed.Read More
On Sunday 24th January, three of us met for a surprisingly mild afternoon walk in Pickerings Pasture Nature Reserve: made all the better by sight of snowdrops and wonderful birdsong, not at all put off by the scampering dogs.Read More
If you have wondered about Mindfulness and would like to find out more – or want to refresh your encounter, then come to this Taster morning with an experienced teacher. We shall be practicing Mindful Meditation as well as finding out more about the principles.Read More
At the threshold of a New Year it's good to pause and consider what lies ahead, although in part unknown.Read More
On Monday ten of us from Merseyside Forest Church met in a garden around a fire to share prayer and poems, story and silence.
Part of our ritual is 'Calling the Quarters' as we turn to welcome the four cardinal directions, here are the words we used this time:
December 22nd 2015 04.48 GMT is the Winter Solstice. This is the time when the darkness is at its greatest and the light at its shortest.
Although the Winter Solstice is the longest darkness and shortest light, it is not a celebration of darkness, but a celebration of the coming of the light. It is the start of the time of year where the light begins to overcome the darkness, gradually getting greater and greater and seeing and remembering that the darkness cannot overcome the light.Read More
The ritual symbols of Merseyside Forest Church:
- the stone for North and our mother Earth
- the lit lantern for South and brother Sun
- a small bottle of water for the West and sister Water
- a wind-catcher for the East and brother Wind
all grouped round our wood and slate Celtic cross.Read More
This month we celebrated Samhain and Richard found us creative ways of re-membering.Read More
At this time of year, it’s not unusual to hear people in England complain of the ‘American import’ of Halloween and its lanterns, costumes, and trick or treating.
While it’s true that Halloween celebration has become as commercialised as Christmas, in the USA and increasingly here in the UK, it’s also true that it was our ancestors of Celtic heritage who brought these customs to the New World.Read More
The clocks go back, the nights draw in, the thermometer falls - what can we do to feel warmth this winter?
Apparently, a college in London is going to teach to Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) an untranslatable term meaning something like ‘wellbeing’ or ‘cosiness’ and may be the origin of our word ‘hug’.Read More
These opening words from John Keats' ode To Autumn capture something of the spirit of this evocative season.
This autumn in Otter’s Wood, a fluffy seed head of rose bay willow herb contrasts with the shine and prickle of evergreen holly. We find similar sights on many bits of waste ground in the city.Read More
As I write, the Parliament of the World’s Religions is taking place in Salt Lake City (October 15-19 2015).
It is more than 120 years since the inaugural conference in 1893 that was so ground-breaking. As a Christian interfaith minister it thrills me to be aware of this gathering with more than 80 nations and their cultures and 50 religions represented.Read More
5p for a plastic bag? Should we be supporting the charge?Read More
The moon has always been a source of meaning or significance for human beings. This is especially so in the case of the recent example of the red moon, the last of the four red moons of the lunar tetrad of 2014/2015.Read More
Last Sunday afternoon in Otter's Wood, half a dozen of us reflected on the balance of the seasons, of light and darkness, and ripeness and waiting.Read More
The next two Spirituality and Awakening events hosted by St Bride’s Liverpool are on the theme 'Dreaming the Earth' with Dr. Helena Kettleborough Ph.D.
Helena will share her exploration of Thomas Berry’s work on The Dream of the Earth and the Universe Story and how these may help us in meeting the challenges of our time including climate change and the extinction of species.Read More