Who is my neighbour?

Posted in Community, Faith, Society

A really wonderful discussion last night led by Bishop Toby Howarth and organised by the Thinking Faith Network in Thornbury, Bradford.  The bishop took the parable of the Good Samaritan and the question to which it responded. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and….

Places of Welcome in Bradford

As part of my job I am working towards setting up a number of places of welcome across Bradford. Places of Welcome is a specific idea pioneered out of a city wide consultation in Birmingham about what makes a city welcoming. The Diocese of Birmingham then set up the Places of Welcome network. A Place of….

Voices in Craven

Posted in Community, Faith, WYAD

Getting back into the swing of work after our holiday in Venice. A tough transition! A note from Rev David Houlton one of our rural officer for the diocese gave me great joy.  All this month there is an initiative called Voices in Craven which is encouraging local people to engage with their local churches.  Throughout….

Rejoice that there are spaces where people of can come together and begin to find a relationship

Posted in Community, Faith, Media

I was interested in the newly appointed Bishop of Dorking, Jo Wells’ comments about social media  Twitter is turning the world into a place where people hurl abuse at each other quicker than they can think or even speak, the Church of England’s newest bishop has warned. I think we should also rejoice that there….

Appreciating the environmental activists

A very interesting Appreciative Inquiry session today with people involved in environmental mission around Yorkshire and beyond. The intention was to talk about their passions and what have been their best successes.  Here are my reflections while sitting in Asda in Keighley marking time before another meeting! In a Christian context I feel that care….

Longing to see something new

Posted in Creativity, Photography

Why we take photographs is something for each photographer to answer in their own way, but it is often about self fulfilment and the urge to make something other people will appreciate. It  might also be about learning a skill as a means of building self esteem and achieving something. For many people it’s just….

Black Beck in Heber’s Ghyll Woods

Posted in Photography, Walks

Heber’s Ghyll Woods is about 10 minutes walk from our house. It’s a lovely walk up some steep steps beside a tumbling beck – Black Beck according to the map. You climb through trees and criss-cross the beck over a series of bridges leading up to the edge of the moor. In the last few weeks….

Complex Wood

Posted in Photography

I have taken out an online subscription to www.onlandscape.co.uk which is brilliant I have to say. On the site there is an interview with David Ward who’s work is terrific. In it he said he is always looking to simplify his images. I heard a similar thing from David Bailey who said he was always….

Cut is the branch

Posted in Photography

Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight, And burned is Apollo’s laurel bough, That sometime grew within this learned man. Faustus is gone; regard his hellish fall, Whose fiendfull fortune may exhort the wise Only to wonder at unlawful things, Whose deepness doth entice such forward wits To practise more than heavenly….

Just Pray advert, is it in the real world?

Posted in Faith

The purpose of advertising is to gain attention and to put over a message that people will remember. Remember that. I think the JustPray.uk ad is cheesy and really quite odd in the way it’s presented but I do get the message that prayer is relevant in our everyday lives. I have been though some….