Beyond here, beyond the perimeter…

Interlude played by Michael Baum 'Somewhere over the rainbow' from The Wizard of Oz by Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg This Lent has felt like the longest because of the long lens 'Paniversary' has lent to it, If lent feels like its been happening for a year its because we’ve begun to understand the concept … Continue reading Beyond here, beyond the perimeter…

Equinox, paradox, paradise and the numinous

I m interested in a theology of emergence and so I’m grateful for a space that has opened up during Lent and which has developed - some sort of meaning seems to have emerged, despite various challenges and issues we’ve experienced along the way. In my first talk in Lent I spoke about the roots … Continue reading Equinox, paradox, paradise and the numinous

Winter-light finding sacred time: a meditation on John Donne’s A Nocturnal upon St Lucy’s Day

After hearing this poem: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44122/a-nocturnal-upon-st-lucys-day We listened to this extraordinary rendition of an epiphany carol Slava Rozhdennomu by Natalka Polovynka https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5DQv2nIDlA&feature=youtu.be "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it." Gospel of John 1:5 Earlier we heard John Donne’s great poem A Nocturnal on St Lucy’s day. Perhaps this great metaphysical … Continue reading Winter-light finding sacred time: a meditation on John Donne’s A Nocturnal upon St Lucy’s Day

New Years Day – (a short meeting to catch up and tune in)

Happy New Year ListeningIn The winter of Listening David Whyte says..."What is preciousinside us does notcare to be knownby the mindin ways that diminishits presence."... So as we begin to listen, listen to our deepest selves; which is to say we pray, I ask in words of Pema Chodron: “…what frees you and helps you … Continue reading New Years Day – (a short meeting to catch up and tune in)

Turn around, turn around, turn around (metanoia in a time of meta-crisis)

This service was given on June 28th 2020 during lockdown restrictions for Covid19: Today we heard a track from I'm New Here by Gil Scott Heron - "...this the closest thing I have to a voice of reason..."Gil Scott Heron was one of the heroes of my youth, a genuine cross-over artist who introduced punks … Continue reading Turn around, turn around, turn around (metanoia in a time of meta-crisis)

‘As time goes by’ : re-enchantment in time of crisis…

Our services of contemplative, spiritual worship here at Mill Hill Chapel are acts of resistance to the prevailing culture; We stand between the worlds of finance and retail here in Leeds and offer an alternative narrative to both. Our services are acts of resistance to the prevailing culture because they intentionally acknowledge and centre the … Continue reading ‘As time goes by’ : re-enchantment in time of crisis…