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I’ve no interest in the nonsense
Tuesday 7th March 2017 @ 6:10 pm / 0 comments

I think it might be because I have been devouring Brené Brown’s writings – but I am increasingly aware of how important authenticity is. Maybe it’s because I don’t have any children to point out my crap? So I have to try and do it myself. For all of us, the joy of being simply ‘the wonderful you that you are’, should sustain us in the desire to live constantly and presently. Fully present. Constantly. Aware. Alive. Loving in all things. Old writings like this one (well, old being 18 years ago) help to remind me of my ...

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I’ve no interest in the nonsense
Tuesday 7th March 2017 @ 6:10 pm / 0 comments

I think it might be because I have been devouring Brené Brown’s writings – but I am increasingly aware of how important authenticity is. Maybe it’s because I don’t have any children to point out my bullshit? I have to try and to it myself. Old writings like this one help (well, old being 18 years ago!!!) Thanks Oriah for ‘The Invitation.’   It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. ...

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Something
Thursday 16th February 2017 @ 11:30 am / 0 comments

Yesterday I was in one of those meetings that gave me hope and life. Such meetings provide sustenance. The meeting was about an initiative in Trinity to engage refugees and asylum seekers around issues of education. It is a very small ‘private’ idea by a few members of staff. Those members of staff have gathered a few more members of staff, and they have gathered a few more students, and they have created a framework to engage refugees in real ways. The project will most likely involve eating together and having conversation. Eating and listening. That’s all. Those initiators of ...

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Brené Brown nearly got me killed today
Monday 23rd January 2017 @ 11:00 am / 0 comments

There are some things which are worth remembering and often the best way for me to hold something is for me to share it. Brené Brown nearly got me killed this morning.* (*by got me killed, please read ‘probably not, but an ankle injury or broken arm was a definite possibility’) It’s Monday. I’m still slightly jet–lagged so I wake up before 6am. Yes, I know, normal people often wake up this time. But for me, that’s a good 90mins–2hrs early, but still better than the 5 hours ...

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The Day The Donald Took The Throne
Friday 20th January 2017 @ 8:15 am / 0 comments

On the day The Donald took the throne in USA, my own day began with readings & reflections on the throne of Egypt in the time of Moses. It’s tough to read it … God deliberately intervenes to harden hearts; animals & harvests get wiped out, several times; destruction upon destruction is amplified; finally the first born of every home (with the text deliberately pointing out that the first born of the throne is not exempt) are slaughered. It is quite a narrative – and without making exegetical comment, I simply note that Walter Bruggermann reminds us this text speaks ...

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Christmas State of the Union blog
Wednesday 14th December 2016 @ 11:50 pm / 0 comments

There is nothing new or breathtakingly original about the thoughts contained in this blog – but for those who like to consider other angles on the Christmas narrative … here is my annual ‘Homily’ from Carols by Glowstick – or what I like to pretend is my annual stab at trying to push the Christmas narratives beyond the children with tea–towels wrapped across their heads …        I have attended a few Chrismassy things so far this Advent … there has even been a showing of ‘Love Actually’ in my apartment … all these christmassy things! They are ...

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Vulnerability
Tuesday 13th December 2016 @ 5:15 pm / 0 comments

This is an Advent post. But it won’t seem like it. It won’t seem like it because you’ll think the post is about sex. It’s not. It’s about intimacy, vulnerability, and expectation. And Advent is about vulnerability and expectation.  Recently I started listening to/reading Brene Brown  … and I’m loving her work on vulnerability & transformation. In the section below, she writes about interviewing a class of young adults (the people I spend my life with) and having her (and their) perceptions on sexual intimacy and masculinity smashed. It’s just a straight quote …   “In 2006 I met with ...

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Disagree Well – Padraig OTuama
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 @ 1:50 pm / 0 comments

The wonderful Padraig OTuama, leader of the Corrymeela Community, joined us for a time in Space to Breathe earlier this month. The day after he left, he delivered a Thought For The Day on BBC Radio Ulster … it was the morning of the US election results. He spoke about being with us in Dublin, and his words were deeply felt and appreciated by those of us who listened. He has graciously sent them to me – and I share them with you:     For two days this week I was in Dublin. I went to Dublin to meet ...

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All Hallowed be …
Monday 31st October 2016 @ 11:14 am / 0 comments

On this ‘all hallows’ day … which in my faith tradition, it is a reminder of those who have gone before … ‘All Saints Day’ … it is a nice moment to remember that we are not alone. (Of course, the Christian history of All Saints, is part of the early church ‘brilliance’ in tying together existing festivals and rituals, alongside it’s own encompassing narratives … i.e., in early Celtic, and other ancient, festivals the end of the harvest and the coming of the winter, was marked by a time when the veil between this world and the next ...

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Us & Them. Donald Trump
Friday 14th October 2016 @ 1:50 pm / 0 comments

When I get the time, space, air and inspiration that I want, the book that I desire to write will be on ‘us & them.’ The current political wrangling in the US Presidential election, is a (sadly) magnificent example of scapegoating and demonizing of the other. For example, take a quick look at the quotes below from past Republican Presidents, and align them with the current Republican nominee. (taken from http://americasvoice.org/blog/donald-trumps-immigration-quotes-are-totally-unrecognizable-from-past-republican-presidents/)   Some things are shifting. And they are shifting in a way that only adds to the marginalization of human from human.   Ronald Reagan, 1989: “I’ve spoken of ...

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Don’t take my word for it – listen to someone else …
Thursday 22nd September 2016 @ 4:34 pm / 0 comments

I am currently reading through the reflections of students I was recently with in Israel & Palestine. For me, it renews daily, the sense that what happened last month was truly part of something special. Here is part of one student’s reflection. I asked her if I could share it with you … she willingly agreed.     Waking up at 4:25 in the morning in my first few hours after arriving in Bethlehem to the lyrical recording of a man reciting a portion of the Qur’an was possibly the best welcome to Palestine I could have imagined. Cool ...

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Space to Breathe 2016 Part I
Sunday 18th September 2016 @ 5:40 pm / 0 comments

“I haven’t had such a surreal 9 days in my short life time. Usually when you’re on a peace/resolution program you really are in a safe space to discuss and have the craic with those on the program. On the Space to Breathe program you really are interacting with people, places and ideologies that are currently being intoxicated by conflict. That sense of uncertainty maybe even fear, at times, led to a greater bond with those who participated, it also led to a deeper awareness of what conflict really is” Space to Breathe Participant 2016.     It ...

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The Exit. A few honest thoughts.
Sunday 26th June 2016 @ 1:53 am / 0 comments

I’m getting over it. I really am. So before I get over it totally, let me share, personally, why the UK leaving the EU upsets me. I am currently taking part in a wonderful weekend with Fusion Australia in the bush–lands of New South Wales. The people, the setting, the experience is wonderful. And internet access is limited (so I know nothing of the punditry and commentary going on ck home). Hence my thoughts are from far away … delivered late. That’s my first thought – it’s been hard to be far away today. Never before have I ...

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A Pentecost Poem/Prayer
Sunday 15th May 2016 @ 9:53 am / 0 comments

Written on retreat recently, in the beautiful space of Dollymount Strand.     When what I thought was lostWas really foundAnd the sun sheds warmthInto a story of storms and theophanies, I open my eyes And see three things.Two hundred peopleOr moreCrammed into a metal cylinderHurtling toward New York at 500mphAnd I can see themTheir trail leaves a sign.And below themA brilliant birdSmall, nimble, floating in one placeAllowing the wind to keep it steadyAnd suddenlyAs I watch It pulls ...

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inspired by students
Sunday 10th April 2016 @ 10:58 am / 0 comments

Many students around Trinity inspire me a lot … but this story is by one student.   She came into my office 10 days ago, and said, “I can’t come to the Breathe prayer space tomorrow, so I want to answer the question now,” I asked, “What question?” She responded, “The question at the Breathe prayer time … where have you seen God this week? I can’t go tomorrow, so I want to answer it now.” She answered the question. And I asked her to write it down. Because it wasn’t enough for her to experience it, or for me ...

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