Sunday, 25 June 2017, 06:49 am PDT

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The wind comforts us as fondly as our mother's arms / The sunlight is like our best friend's recognizing laughter

As regular readers of this blog will know I've recently begun to read Jerome A. Stone's splendid new book "Sacred Nature: The Environmental Potential of Religious Naturalism. "In t... [read more]

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A hot summer's day spin out into the fens, a few photos and a thought about religious naturalism

Another very hot day but I felt the need to get out on the bicycle so thought I'd head north along the River Cam to Waterbeach and beyond (on the other side of the river from Upware) to sit in the... [read more]

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A New Law of Righteousness—Some reflections following the Grenfell Tower Fire

Grenfall Tower. Photo: Natalie Oxford Inevitably this address was written fully alert to the horrific and utterly deadly Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington and whilst I was trying, like I’m sure... [read more]

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Blonde on Blonde—Jim Mullen's guitar and my bass

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of being in the trio (with Chris Ingham, piano and George Double, drums) accompanying the wonderful jazz guitarist Jim Mullen and the excellent singer Zoe Franc... [read more]

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Jerome A. Stone's short talk on religious naturalism given to seventh and eighth graders

As I mentioned in a post a few days ago Jerome A. Stone has published a new book called  Sacred Nature: The Environmental Potential of Religious Naturalism. A few words from his conclusion (p.... [read more]

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In praise of the NHS and the wonderful pluralist, cosmopolitan, international mix of caring professionals one meets at every turn—a veritable Republic of Heaven

The view from my recovery bed this afternoon Today I found myself in hospital for a few checks which involved sedation and an invasive "procedure. " Naturally, as a minister of religi... [read more]

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Countering covenantal singularization projects—some thoughts following the recent bomb, van and knife attacks in London and Manchester

It is vitally important to remember that the story like the one you are about to hear from Exodus are not historical accounts, rather they are etiological tales, i. e. tales designed to “explain... [read more]

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Sacred Nature: The Environmental Potential of Religious Naturalism by Jerome A. Stone

As most readers of this blog know, in addition to calling myself a Christian atheist, I consider myself primarily to be species of "religious naturalist. " One of the key influences u... [read more]

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Escaping the construings, realities and delusions of election day with a hauntological jaunt to Dunwich, Suffolk

The bookshop in Westleton Yesterday, after voting (I voted Green), Susanna (my wife), Graham (an old college friend of mine) and I decided to leave behind the election (with all its construings, re... [read more]

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Pentecost —The democratic state as a descendant of the Free Church of the Spirit

Readings: Acts 2:1-18 Our responsibility in Society (The Essential JLA, Skinner House Books, 1998, pp. 163-166)by James Luther Adams We of the Free Church tradition should never forget, or pe... [read more]

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Lone Heron on Grantchester Meadows, Cambridge

Lone Heron on Grantchester Meadows, Cambridge Photo taken with an i Phone 6+ and the Blackie App(Just click on the photo to enlarge it) [read more]

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Two Short Books by Margaret Barr (1899-1973): "The Universal Soul" and "The Great Unity"—A Unitarian interfaith educational pioneer

Margaret Barr (aged about 20-21)(Annie) Margaret Barr (1899-1973) has been very much in my mind over the past few weeks. "Margaret who? " you ask. Well, at the end of this post, I rep... [read more]

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Cambridge: 'The housing crisis is at breaking point'—An article in today's Guardian newspaper

A photo I took in the Grafton Centre last year I'm aware that many people who read this blog, knowing that I write it as a minister in the British City of Cambridge, will think of Cambridge in mos... [read more]

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A grey afternoon and a sunny evening in and around Cambridge—Two black and white photos

A grey afternoon and a sunny evening in and around Cambridge Photos taken with an i Phone 6+ and the Blackie App(Just click on a photo to enlarge it)Rain heading towards the graveyard at Fen Ditton... [read more]

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I find Cambridge an asylum, in every sense of the word

I find Cambridge an asylum, in every sense of the word.  A. E. Housman A remark apparently made in conversation Housman 1897-1936 (1942) by Grant Richards p. 100. Photo taken with an i Phone 6... [read more]

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Why the embarrassed laughter matters—Some reflections for the 50th Anniversary of "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

INTRODUCTIONThis coming Thursday, June 1st, sees the fiftieth anniversary of the release of perhaps the most famous and influential (though, perhaps, not the “greatest”) Beatles’ LP of all, ... [read more]

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Franco "Bifo" Berardi's new book "Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility" is out

Franco "Bifo" Berardi's new book "Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility" is out now and popped through my letterbox this morning. I think he... [read more]

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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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