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sermon from a friend
Thursday 8th July 2021 @ 12:19 pm / 0 comments

I was very moved recently by the Amach La Dia (Out With God) leading the RTE Sunday worship service. My friend Teagan led the service and preached. I thought this was a stunning piece of worship and theology, and Teagan has been gracious enough to let me reproduce it here.       Our reading today displays to us Faith in Action.  Jairus Came  Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet  Jairus begged Jairus sought the young Rabbi to heal his little daughter and wasn’t afraid of who saw his appeal.   What parent would not do as much and more ...

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A word of wisdom from a friend
Thursday 1st July 2021 @ 2:39 pm / 0 comments

Here is the text from the recent “Word in Edgeways” for RTE radio that I was once again privileged to share. In case you missed it, you can Listen to it here, or the text is below! With honest thanks to James, who gave me permission to share his words!       Good morning Michael – it’s wonderful to be with you and your listeners again this morning. Every so often, I read something on–line that warms my heart and stirs my soul. Sometimes it’s a paragraph from one of my favourite theologians, or a great thinker, ...

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Reflection to TCD School of Nursing + Midwifery
Tuesday 15th June 2021 @ 10:54 am / 0 comments

It was an honour to lead a service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery recently. Below is the reflection from the service.     We find wonderful ancient Jewish wisdom coming from the Poet in the book of Ecclesiastics in the Hebrew Bible: The following words are based on the Message translation of the beginning of chapter 3: It may not seem like it, but there is opportune time for all things. There is, a time for everything that we experience on this earth: There is time – a right time ...

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Methodist Conference conversation
Friday 11th June 2021 @ 5:15 pm / 0 comments

The words below were written as an introduction to an evening conversation at Methodist Conference 2021 on how the pandemic has affected our lives …       Not everything in the coming year will be under our control.  We know this, because over the last 18 months we have re–learned,  re–learned in spades with bonus points and a cherry on top,  that not everything is under our control.  This is not a surprise though – we are people of faith – we know this! We should remember at every chance, just how deep this reality is contained in the stories ...

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Connected –Word in Edgeways June
Wednesday 2nd June 2021 @ 8:56 pm / 0 comments

The reflection shared on RTE Radio 1 early this morning … you can listen back here … or you can read below :–) Peace indeed.     Can I tell you – the American entrepreneur and author Seth Godin has written, “I learned that a long walk and calm conversation are an incredible combination if you want to build a bridge.” I put this quote on my Facebook page recently, and really soon after it had gone up, a close friend added, “Throw in a coffee and the bridge is built!” Y’know, you can almost feel that in ...

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feelings – Nancy Klien
Thursday 6th May 2021 @ 9:35 am / 0 comments

 I am currently undertaking a Coaching course, which is being wonderful. One great tick for me, is learning the writings of Nancy Klien – here is a snippet of her thoughts on feelings. I find it exhilarating and challenging.    “One seriously flawed piece of handed–down ‘wisdom’ is the idea that when you start to cry you are out of control, falling apart, sick, going over the edge (whatever that is) and should do just about anything to ‘pull yourself together’.  Also outrageous is the list of things we are encouraged to do to ‘pull ourselves together’. We are sent ...

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Recent Videos
Wednesday 7th April 2021 @ 9:31 am / 0 comments

So much of life has changed during the Covid–19 year … and one of the things that changed was an almost unrecognisable move from myself away from totally written word thoughts to videos.   Imagine my tardiness in not putting a link the videos on this page.    Shocking of me.     I apologise.    So, here is the last video I uploaded – a thought for Holy Week as part of the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at Trinity College – and it points to my newly created Youtube Channel where several of the weekly reflections over this year have been placed.  ...

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Good Friday Thought
Friday 2nd April 2021 @ 12:34 pm / 0 comments

 Sincere thanks to Gillie, one of our Lay Leaders in Irish Methodism, for sharing this thought by the RC theologian James Alison     [Jesus] went to death as a victim. . . .  And the reason that this is important is that it catches us at our worst, as it were. The space of the victim is the kind of place none of us at all ever wants to occupy, and if we find ourselves occupying it, it is kicking and screaming. More to the point, we spend a great deal of time pointing fingers and making sure that ...

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Being a Chaplain
Tuesday 23rd February 2021 @ 2:49 pm / 0 comments

 The writing below is an article written at the request of the Methodist Newsletter – now that it is public, here it is for ye also …         Once in a while two emails arrive into my inbox on the same day asking for the same thing – more or less. Take this article for example. A polite request comes from the editor to write an article on the work of chaplains – primarily I suspect a university chaplaincy view as that is what I am. And then within minutes an email from a friend and colleague ...

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Good?
Thursday 28th January 2021 @ 10:56 am / 0 comments

Part of my life at the start of 2021 is a desire to write materials that will be of use to us at The Good Summit. I am even considering trying to write another book, of sorts. Here is the introduction – I suspect if it ever gets published it won’t look like this, but you’ll get the gist anyway.       I believe the world can be better. I believe it can be more good. I am the least to write a book about being good.   All of the above statements are true. How ...

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Happy New Year
Thursday 31st December 2020 @ 2:37 pm / 0 comments

  Let me take a moment  and offer a thought or two. It’s really is for me,  but I’ll pretend it’s for you.   It will not be a poem,  but you might call it such but then like 2020,  it will have to re–determine the framework through which you view, poetry.   Personal reflection and honest pause  can be best disguised as an offering to community,  whereas what’s really happening is I’m trying to find some way through not to you but to me. To meaning and purpose  and dignity.   It’s been quite a year The best and ...

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Advent Reflection
Monday 14th December 2020 @ 2:48 pm / 0 comments

As part of the REWIND series of the Dublin City Interfaith forum, I was delighted to take part in the Christmas reflection at the grounds of the Lord Mayors Mansion House today. It was special to take part in a Christian reflection that was part of a wider inger–faiths movement, and had Methodist, Church of Ireland, Catholic, Romanian Orthodox and Indian Orthodox christians all taking part. Below is my contribution.     Beginnings and Endings are important – they go together. The beginnings of the four Gospel accounts in the New Testament are all different. The beautiful stable scene ...

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Hello Rob Bell + thank you for this writing
Wednesday 18th November 2020 @ 11:43 am / 0 comments

I make no apology for posting such a large section of someone else’s writing. Unusual for my blog. But this is Rob Bell. And he writes magnificently. And by me posting it, you might read him, and maybe even read more of his thoughts in more of his books after. And by doing that, his ideas and inspiration and observations can go wider, and wider. This piece of writing is a glorious reminder that you are special. Connected. Unique. Gathered. Holy. Whole.  So make no mistake, this is not from me, but from a much better writer + thinker. Hello ...

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The Coronadiaries 5
Tuesday 3rd November 2020 @ 8:29 pm / 0 comments

Much as a past generation could tell you where they were when they learned JKF had been assassinated, I can tell you where I was when I heard Kurt Cobain had killed himself. Much more vividly, I can tell you where I was when I learned Donald, if I may, had been elected next President of United States of America. The whole experience was surreal. I was leading a group of Irish, British, Palestinian and Israeli young adults in processes of engagement – the delightful and wise Padraig OTuama spent some time with us that year and consequently

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The Coronadiaries 4
Thursday 29th October 2020 @ 10:38 am / 0 comments

There are moments when my mother cannot remember what she had for breakfast. There are moments when over breakfast, she will paint beautiful word pictures of things that happened 80 years ago.   Take this morning for example. Once again the conversation of coronavirus moves toward the comment “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life – the world has never been like this.” I nudge her to tell me about the war, and she replies, “well, yes, that was bad.” She proceeds to tell me about the whole family (seven of them) in the cupboard under the stairs ...

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