Author Archives: Rambling Rector

About Rambling Rector

Church of England Parish Priest

Universal discredit

We now find it impossible to live as we have done for the last three years on a single clergy stipend alone, about 25K a year before tax. We have no dependants, no dog, no repayments. We have only one … Continue reading

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The effects of transmitted stress

SWMBO draws my attention to an article in yesterday’s Church Times (13 October 2017) that explores the effects of clergy stress on clergy spouses. The background to this is a recent survey in which clergy declare themselves on the whole … Continue reading

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KBO

Homily for Proper 22 Year A by Phillip Jefferies Isaiah 5: 1-7. Philippians 3: 4b-14. Matthew 21: 33-46. Since the world appears on the whole to work according to reason, it would be logical to expect reasonable outcomes from things. … Continue reading

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Liturgical dyspepsia

There are two occasions in the liturgical year that I heartily dislike. The first is Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day as people call it these days. Its original incarnation as the time for a pilgrimage to the mother church might … Continue reading

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A few days in Texas

Susan, Ed and I had a few days with granddaughter Abby, Hugh’s widow and her extended family. It was lovely to see them. I was with Hugh’s former colleagues, and some friends of his came from Seattle to see us. … Continue reading

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Placentas and pizzas

Mrs Windsor née Middleton is pregnant. It’s in the newspapers so it must be true. First, I have to get this hobbyhorse off my chest. The correct spelling of fetus is fetus, not foetus, the word being related to felix, … Continue reading

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Questions and answers

I’ve recently been asked to answer questions about my life. Here are some of them with my responses. Family and growing up I suppose I’m a border reiver, a hybrid Cumbrian Scot. I was born in Carlisle and brought up 20 miles … Continue reading

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