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  • Hope & resolution

    Usually the church frets at how hard it is to keep the Season of Advent, with all its solemnity and sense of expectation and emptiness without Christ, the great theme being 'Come, Lord Jesus', whilst the rest of the world seems to spend...

  • Hearing Good News

    What makes it possible for us to hear good news? How do know what news will turn out to be good? Every Tuesday we have a Question of the Day in the chaplaincy and the other week it was ‘The...

  • How not to 'spuddle'

    I am always delighted when I come across a new word. Today I stumbled over this one … “spuddle”. The context in which I encountered it left me unsure as to its meaning so I looked it up. Here is...

  • Giving

    On 6th December many people round the world will be celebrating the feast of St Nicholas. In popular culture St Nicholas may feature as a jovial, white-bearded man in a red outfit, possibly assisted by reindeer, or even elves, but...

  • What does it mean to be ecumenical?

    A student recently asked me about the word that we have above the door of the chaplaincy centre: ‘What does ecumenical mean?’  There is a short answer to that question, but as I reflected on it, I became aware that...

  • Holy, Holy, Holy

    Angels play an important role in the Bible.  They are often messengers from God, bringing important news.  There is nothing fluffy about angels as they are described in the Bible. In fact, the people who see them are often described...

  • Remembrance Day 2021

    We gathered this morning on the Parade outside the Library to join many others in pausing to remember, together, those who have given their lives for our safety, and to give thanks for them. We gathered to give each other...