Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 11:39 pm PDT

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‘Empowered Creatress’ Venus—A religious naturalist Mothering Sunday meditation

Venus in the Cambridge Manse garden Opening Prayer from ‘Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times’ by Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713) (ed. Lawrence Klein, Cam... [read more]

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"In your well-marked footprints now I plant my resolute steps"—Lucretius—Spring blossom in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

I'm currently re-reading Lucretius' sublime poem "On the Nature of Things" (De Rerum Natura) and this afternoon I thought I would, like Lucretius, plant my own resolute steps in the... [read more]

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Words and Transgressions 1—Fallacy of the Alchemists

READINGS: Proverbs 10:19 “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent. ”Potted biography of Maurice O'Connor Drury (1907–1976) constructed fro... [read more]

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Natura naturans—nature naturing on an overcast day in the Cambridge Univeristy Botanic Garden

It got to lunch-time and I knew simply had to clear my head if I was going to have any chance of getting Sunday's address finished so I took a swift walk over to the Cambridge University Botanic G... [read more]

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Early spring in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden in the company of Lucretius

Spring is definitely springing in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden where I spent a lovely lunchtime and early afternoon. For the first hour of my visit I enjoyed a flask of tea sitting in th... [read more]

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An early spring walk to Wandlebury and the River Granta

Today was as beautiful an early spring day as one is ever going to get and so I took the opportunity to cycle up to Wandlebury and then to walk along the Roman Road, down to the River Granta and St... [read more]

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And would it be so strange a thing, Among the rainy hills of Spring, A veritable god to see In luminous reality?

READINGS: Matthew 7:3-5 Venus enthroned from the De Rerum Natura Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour,... [read more]

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O glorious nature! Supremely fair and sovereignly good! All-loving and all-lovely, all-divine!—A few photos from the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

This afternoon I took myself off to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden to engage in some prayerful, quiet acts of walking, sitting, contemplation, reflection and, of course, the taking of pho... [read more]

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On thirteen or more Blackbirds and Spinoza's God-or-Nature

A Blackbird bathes in the church garden READINGS: Review of The Poetry of Dasein: Martin Heidegger's Existential Phenomenology as an Interpretive Model for Wallace Stevens by Mark Price In hi... [read more]

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On Scott Strazzante, street photography, the Hipstamatic App and the Bucktown Hipstapak

Taken in Cambridge using the new Bucktown Hipstapak As regular readers of this blog will know I'm passionate about using the Hipstamatic app for the i Phone to take photos—three of which I inclu... [read more]

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Still life with flowers and wooden fish

Still life with flowers and wooden fish Taken with my i Phone 6+ and the Hipstamatic App(Click on photo to enlarge) [read more]

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A winter spin on the Pashley Guv'nor to Over and the River Great Ouse to see if I could find the "Five bowl barrows"

Emmanuel College Chapel This morning I thought I'd take a spin out on the Pashley Guv'nor to Over and the River Great Ouse to see if I could find the "Five Bowl Barrows", a gro... [read more]

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Winter Reeds in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Winter Reeds in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden Taken with a i Phone 6+ and the Hipstamatic App(Just click on a photo to enlarge it) [read more]

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“Only conjugate!”—The meeting and fusion of round or irregular bodies

Taking my time (and tea) with "Bifo" Berardi's words READINGS:2 Peter 3:8-9 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thous... [read more]

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A hauntological walk across Fulbourn Fen, along Fleam Dyke to the bronze-age barrow at Mutlow Hill

I was in a decidedly hauntological mood today as I cycled out to Fulbourn Fen for a walk across the fen itself and then on to Fleam Dyke as far as the bronze-age barrow at Mutlow Hill. The photos b... [read more]

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Six ways of looking a fenland reeds— a light that gives clarity and sharpness . . . that subdues and blurs

I've recently been re-reading Edward Storey's book "The Solitary Landscape", his 1975 journal about the Fens that I first read not long after it was published. As regular readers of... [read more]

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The vanguard of their peoples— A meditation on Hannah Arendt’s 1943 essay, “We Refugees” for Hope Not Hate's "One Day With(out) Us"

Hope Not Hate interfaith event in the church after the morning service Readings: Leviticus 19:33-34 When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alie... [read more]

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A touch of the Indian sub-continent on a winter afternoon in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

This afternoon I, Susanna and her grandson went to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden for a late lunch and a stroll. Lots of Indian themes and colours in the glasshouses. All photos taken with... [read more]

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A common ground? A Unitarian and Universalist religious naturalist meditation on Darwin’s 207th birthday

Charles Darwin in 1881 Readings: Various sections from Charles Darwin's posthumous autobiography Today, on the 12th February 1809, the naturalist Charles Darwin was born. He is of interest to us a... [read more]

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Some photos from a couple of strolls by the River Cam, Cambridge

All photos taken with my i Phone 6+ and the Hipstamatic app.  As always just click on a photo if you wish to enlarge it.            ... [read more]

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Set My People Free!—Ernst Bloch, Hope and the Bible

READINGS: Matthew 12:46-50 and Ruth 1:6-18 From Ernst Bloch: Atheism in Christianity (Verso Press, London 2009, original edition published 1972, pp. 71–72).  What was, must be tested. I... [read more]

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My report on the DiEM25 UK organisational launch now on the openDemocracy and DiEM25 websites

Yesterday I posted a piece about the organisational launch of Di EM25 UK on 28th January 2017, at Conway Hall in London, long an important place of radical religious, philosophical, social and... [read more]

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The West needs a New Deal – Yanis Varoufakis on BBC2 Newsnight

Yanis Varoufakis spoke about the need for a New Deal for the West at the recent Di EM25 UK organisational launch at Conway Hall, about which you can found out more by clicking this link. The short ... [read more]

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A short walk along the River Cam on a cold and damp Tuesday afternoon

I needed to pop into town to do some food shopping but thought I'd come back the long-way round by the river. Even on a grey old day like today it's a powerful and important reminder to me of how... [read more]

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DiEM25 UK Organisational launch meeting at Conway Hall, London, 28th January 2017—some photos and a link to a report

On Saturday morning, 28th January 2017, at Conway Hall in London, long an important place of radical religious, philosophical, social and political thinking in the UK (one with a Unitarian lin... [read more]

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