May 22, 2020
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Jarel Robinson-Brown: Living in the Monotony of Prayer

‘You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the plague that prowls in the darkness, nor the […]
May 19, 2020
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“Follow the Science” – But to where?

“The facts, ma’am- just the facts”.  The catchphrase of Sergeant Joe Friday as he investigated crimes in that early TV detective import from the US, Highway […]
May 19, 2020

New Era? From BC to AC

It is far too early to speculate on whether the government ‘road maps’ for a post-Brexit-Britain, and a post-pandemic-UK will be adequate.  Time only moves forward, […]
May 6, 2020
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Good Grief: The Other Curve

As I remarked to a close colleague the other day, grief is exhausting.  His mother had just died in a Care Home.  It was not unexpected, […]
April 21, 2020

Extinction Catastrophe and the Covid-19 Pandemic

In January this year I started to muse about how the Extinction Catastrophe we are facing is connected to global warming and the extinction of species […]
April 7, 2020

Dean’s Diary: Light and Dark in Holy Week

I am half expecting a Royal Visit.  One of the peculiarities in being the Dean of Christ Church Oxford is having to reside in the Deanery, […]
April 3, 2020

Silent Enemy: a view from Colombo, Sri Lanka 

I watch every single day during my self-imposed quarantine period a herd of ‘great white pelicans’ (migrating birds) settling on a Banyan tree (ficus Benghalensis) about […]
April 3, 2020

Under budget and delivered ahead of time? Only in quarantine…

For those who don’t know me, my name is Joe. I am a few months into my new role as the Communications Officer for Modern Church […]
March 31, 2020

Charisma & coercion: Manipulation & power abuse in the Church

THIS WAS the title of the Modern Church South West group day conference in Bath last month, led by Stephen Parsons, author of survivingchurch.org. The seeds for this day […]