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  • Mystical Translation

    This week, read more from Chaplain Karen writing for the Methodist Church's Theology Everywhere. In this article she talks translation and the human element: "When we look back at our lives, many of us might name moments when a person...

  • Tending the fire: Chaplaincy past and future

    It’s 25 years since I first got involved with the Chaplaincy at the University of Bath. There have been a lot of changes - Eastwood seemed the trendy newbuild, imagine Bath without a computer science department! There are some things...

  • Student retreat in daily life

    Second year Chem Eng student Helena Taylor shared her experience of the recent student ‘at home’ retreat week organised by University of Bath Chaplain Karen Turner in conjunction with Bath Spa Uni. “The week started with all the participants meeting...

  • Cast your anxiety on Him

    The exam season is upon us. As I walk around the campus and through the Library I can sense the tension! It takes me back to my days at university and medical school. Day to day living becomes focussed by...

  • Choosing to 'put on Christ'

    In this period after Easter, we are in the Great Fifty Days – the period between Easter and Pentecost.  If we belong to a church that follows a liturgical cycle, we will probably find that prayers in our services reflect...

  • Fuelling the engine of faith

    The time after Easter is always an interesting period. Emotions vary; for some the joy of Easter continues. For others, the pressures and events of daily life and work soon kick back in. John’s gospel helps us sift through this...

  • Holy Week & Easter

    Christianity is realistic about the way things are. Life brings us many joys, but also many sorrows.  Joys can be exhilarating, empowering, transformative. Sorrows can be dark, deep and destructive. A friend of mine, now long since departed this life,...

  • Look for the best wardrobe

    So, we are halfway through Lent. How’s it going for you? I am always vulnerable to becoming a bit demoralised at this point. Either because good intentions have not been realised or not even started! There is great danger that...

  • Does the 'failure of the task' lie with us?

    My teenage son is a fan of The Apprentice, a format that has been repeated for 18 seasons in the UK with more-or-less the same challenges each year. For all the time it has been running, it’s never a surprise...

  • Lent: Preparing for renewal

    I wonder what you think about Lent? For many of us it has a slightly grim image. It’s often spoken about as a tine for “giving things up”. This could make it a useful period of self-discipline, and - there’s...