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  • Finally Finished...

    Some ideas work, some don't.  At the time, this one didn't, so it was set aside to await possible completion at a later date.  Yesterday afternoon was, for me anyway, that date!  Fewer figures than originally anticipated, but the message hasn't changed over time - the church is people.  If this lock down has shown us nothing else (and it has shown us much more, in my opinion) it is that the church is people.

    In a little over an hour I'll be logging in to Zoom for the tech checks, and then will sit back and enjoy the arrival on my screen of tiny tiles as people all over the world connect in with us.  There are people able to join us who wouldn't be able to enter any building, any time, and whose voices have largely been unheard or ignored for ever.  One important lesson, among many, from Zoom church, is how to keep meaningful connection and engagement when we reach, as we eventually will, the 'beyond'.

    As for me, a greater intentionality about self-care and spiritual self-care is proving a great gift... and for my own benefit and well-being I will probably keep on doodling and sewing my prayers and meditations, at least sometimes. 

  • Pssst...

    ... wanna buy some flour?

    Amusing sign seen in my local Post Office.  Anyway, should you want some flour and live within essential travel distance of me...

  • Unusual Pillar Boxes

    Look closely at the photo at the top of this post, and you will realise that there is something unusual about it.  The regnal mark is for Edward VIII, the king who was never crowned, having abdicated his throne to marry the woman he loved.  Such pillar boxes are relatively rare.  Certainly until yesterday, I had never been consciously aware of passing one.

    So a quick internet search surprised me when it revealed that across the UK there are something like 160-170 of them.  And also that two of them have been in places I have lived...

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    If you look closely - you might have to do some jiggery pokery with the images - you will discover that one is Hyndland, Glasgow, and the other in Hugglescote, Leicestershire.  Indeed, the latter I used, without ever noting the inscription, for almost six years when it was my local pillar box!

    I like finding odd connections, and this one is pretty odd!  I also alerted me to the need to slow down and really look at things... it was just by chance that I spotted the E viii R mark yesterday, and just curiosity that led me to discover the connection.

    Recently, I've begun to identify what I am loosely referring to as 'my lessons from lockdown'.  Slowing down and looking certainly is one (or two?) of them.

  • Just for fun...

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  • Virtually Everything - or at least Many Things Virtually

    Yesterday was due to have been a time-tabling clash, such that I would have been in Bournemouth for the English Baptist Assembly, at the same time as the final retreat day for the Ignatian Course I've been doing in Glasgow.

    As things turned out, the Assembly was postponed/cancelled, the planned book launch was done in other ways, and I ended up taking part in a 'virtual retreat day'.

    To make it feel like a retreat, I set up my kitchen table with a prayer zone, a craft zone and of course a Zoom zone.  And it worked really well.

    When all was done I put everything away and turned my kitchen back into a kitchen.

    This morning, I debated doing church from the kitchen rather than the office.  I didn't, because the boundaries are quite important, and the point yesterday was to be in a space that's not my office.

    This week I have spent something like 30 hours on/at Zoom events of all shapes and sizes.  There is much that's good and exciting, and there's much that's restricting or frustrating.  It seems you can do virtually anything  virtually... which is probably as well, as to stay safe we need to stay home for a good while yet.