Sophie and Sasha have just published their first article for public consumption here. Enjoy!
It's fair to say that this past week has been incredibly busy, today is 'day 13' since I had a full day off, and I don't think I've worked a day under 12 hours in that time. Tut. Tut.
Tomorrow morning, I head off on retreat for five days, and in order to avoid taking any work with me, I have loads still get done today. So the displacement activity of a quick blog post!
After church, and then a meeting to plan for Advent, I felt the need for some fresh air (and a Gregg's apple turnover!) so I went for a short walk. The leaves are spread carpet-like across the pavements, and there is nothing I like better than kicking them up or scrunching them underfoot.
It's become one of my 'rituals' of gratitude, something I do once at least every autumn, to celebrate the fact that I am still here, still healthy and still enjoying life.
I have a lot to do before I can even think about packing for tomorrow. But it's been good to take 'five' to enjoy a bright, cold autumn day and to scrunch the leaves once again.
This year the Baptist Assembly in Scotland again had a 'poet in residence'. I really enjoyed the poetry from Fiona Stewart of Foolproof Creative Arts, which can be read or downloaded here. Last night she read one called 'Trans/form' (see page 10-11 of the PDF document) which , given the context was hugely risk-taking and prophetic - probably the most 'fearless' thing of the whole event.
In a context where our LGBQTI+ friends are all too often expected to hide away, to deny or to change, this poem cleverly uses the words transform and transition to describe the changes needed in all of us if we are to discover our true humanity. At the same time, it speaks prophetically into the context of the Church, where transformation is, all too often, expected to be all one way.
I hope you enjoy the poem (and the others) and that it speaks to you in some way, too.