Thursday, 25 May 2017, 04:44 pm PDT

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A Time for Prayer: A piece written for the Brahmo Samaj, India following the 2005 7/7 London bombings and offered again, today, after the suicide attack in Manchester

My Brahmo Samaj Manual of Devotions & Rituals & Brahmo Dharma Naturally, the dreadful suicide bombing in Manchester this week brought back memories of the last suicide attacks here in the U... [read more]

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Revisiting Michael Roberts' call for a good, progressive, leftist, liberal rhetoric

Michael Roberts A while back, during the EU Referendum last year, I posted a piece in which I quoted a short piece by the English poet, literary critic and mathematician and mountaineer Michael Ro... [read more]

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Resisiting the dualist view of the world—A few words by Paul Wienpahl (1916-1980) accompanied by some photos of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

As regular readers of this blog know I was (and still am) strongly influenced by the little known American philosopher, Paul Wienpahl (1916-1980) and have even taken some of his words from his 1956... [read more]

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Cattle on Stourbridge Common, Cambridge—A few photos

Cattle on Stourbridge Common, Cambridge Taken with an i Phone 6+ and the Hipstamatic app using a combo by Nicolas Xanthos(Just click on a photo to enlarge it) [read more]

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Pirates and Unitarians—On radical democracy, utopias, Islam and ideas of unity

The "Jolly Roger"READINGS: The Story of the pirate William Fly Captain William Fly's career as a pirate began in April 1726 when he signed on to sail with Captain John Green to West ... [read more]

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Roadside wild-flowers in Fen Ditton

Roadside wild-flowers in Fen Ditton Colour photo taken with an i Phone 6+ and the RNIFilm app Black and white photo taken with an i Phone 6+ and the Blackie app(Just click on a photo to enlarge it) [read more]

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An insurrectionary necromancy: on hauntology, open futures and talking with ghosts

“The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall (hoaxed 1936 photo)READINGS: Isaiah 8:19-22 in which the prophet says: Now if people say to you, ‘Consult the ghosts and the familiar spirits that chirp and mutt... [read more]

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Cow-parsley on Ditton Meadows and a poem by A. R. Ammons

Cow-parsley on Ditton Meadows, Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire A couple of days ago I walked over to Fen Ditton and took the photo here (just click on it to enlarge it) showing Ditton Meadows looking wo... [read more]

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How can we live in such a way that we die only once?—a few hauntological photos of some eighteenth-century gravestones in Fen Ditton

This morning I walked over to Fen Ditton along the river and spent a little while resting in the churchyard of the parish church, St Mary the Virgin. I couldn't resist taking a few faux (Hipstamat... [read more]

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The frothing of the hedges I keep deep inside me—a few photos from a walk along Fleam Dyke and round Fulbourn Fen

My trusty steed, the Raleigh Superbe, at Fulbourn Fen On Monday I cycled over to Fulbourn Fen via St Vigor's church to walk along Fleam Dyke and then around the woods and fen itself. I was despera... [read more]

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Two bogeymen to scare the children—'relativism' and its cousin 'nihilsim'

A ghost train on Midsummer Common, Cambridge taken this afternoon Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that over the years I have spent a great deal of time and energy trying to unde... [read more]

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"How not to be a chucklehead"—felicitously doing things with words in the interstitial places of our culture

Reading J. L. Austin this morning in bed Perhaps like many of you I have increasingly been finding the words of our politicians (in the form of their promises and statements) to be, at best confusi... [read more]

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Thinking about details and 'minute particulars'

A detail noticed yesterday in the back yard of the Unitarian Manse in Cambridge Click on the photo to enlarge it From ‘Jerusalem’ by William Blake   Labour well the Minute Particulars... [read more]

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A few photos of the Histon Road Cemetery and St. Giles' Cemetery off the Huntingdon Road

This morning I thought I’d wander up to St. Giles' Cemetery off the Huntingdon Road (going via the very interesting Histon Road Cemetery). I took a flask of tea and sat reading Tolstoy's Gospel... [read more]

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Everyone feels grief when cherry blossoms scatter

I took a gentle walk over to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Monday to see the last of the spring blossom. It's always a bittersweet time of year but, as most of us know, life's deepes... [read more]

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A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments of Critical Thinking & Democratic Decency—A brief address for the AGM

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)Today is our church's AGM and, consequently, it seems worth briefly articulating why I think it is worth supporting an unusual free-religious community such as this (ei... [read more]

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A brief thought on commitment in British (English?) liberal religious and politcal circles

The Cambridge Unitarian Church taken today from Christ's Pieces Tomorrow is the AGM of the Cambridge Unitarian Church where I am minister and at this time of year I often find myself thinking abou... [read more]

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Tulips and spring sunlight

Tulips and spring sunlight Taken with an i Phone 6+ and the Hipstamatic app(Click on the photo to enlarge it) [read more]

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Easter Sunday—Insurrection not Resurrection

READINGS: Mark 16:1-8 From: ‘An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics’ by Ward Blanton, Clayton Crockett, Jeffrey W. Robbins, and Noëlle Vahanian (Columbia Univers... [read more]

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An Insurrectionist Manifesto—Preparation, not for the resurrection, but for the insurrection of Easter Sunday

The extinguished candle on the communion table Every year on Good Friday evening we hold a service of communion (which you can read at this link). At the point Jesus breathes his last breath (on pa... [read more]

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Neoliberalism's destructive influence both inside and outside the modern Unitarian movement

Wendy Brown's recent book on neoliberalism On Wednesday morning at the annual general meetings of the British Unitarian and Free Christian Churches in Birmingham I presented a report on a Campus M... [read more]

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"Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not."—Some photos of a walk across Grantchester Meandows

Today I took a walk along the River Cam, across Grantchester Meadows to Grantchester itself to have a drink in the Green Man and read some more of Roberto Mangabeira Unger’s “Religion... [read more]

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A Palm Sunday Meditation—The requirement to commit our lives in a certain direction.

Readings: Mark 11:1-11 From Roberto Mangabeira Unger’s “Religion of the Future” (Harvard University Press, 2014, pp. 58-59)A third characteristic of religion is that the imperative of life, r... [read more]

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Spring in the Botanic Garden and a note about Roberto Mangabiera Unger's remarkable book "The Religion of the Future".

I was tired this morning after the weekend's work and didn't feel up either to a long cycle ride or walk so, on this pearl of a spring day, I decided to walk over to the nearby Cambridge Universi... [read more]

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Words and Transgressions 2—The fallacy of Moliére's physician and the religion of the future

READINGS: Proverbs 10:19“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent. ”A very brief précis of Moliére’s Le Médecin malgré lui.   From ... [read more]

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