Category Archives: Ecclesiology

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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Requiem aeternam Burton Burbles

No, no, not Hugh. He’s had his requiem. But his death is causing me to reassess my priorities. No more pussyfooting around. No more wasting time on trivia. And no more Burton Burbles. It first appeared as Rambling Rector in … Continue reading

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I came to bear witness to the truth

Homily for the Feast of Christ the King 2015 The Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent statement that the Paris attacks caused him to doubt the presence (or was it existence?) of God gave me cause in yesterday’s sermon to lay into the … Continue reading

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Fragrant chaos

There’s a fuss in Burton about a proposed new Mosque. The far-right are planning a protest march. I had a lift from a Muslim taxi driver. I invited him into S Paul’s. He took his shoes off at the door, … Continue reading

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Knowing one’s worth

In today’s Church Times, The Archbishop of Canterbury seeks a Diary Manager, salary between 23K and 30K. My stipend is 23K, so when you add in the cost of housing I suppose the Diary Manager might be costing much the … Continue reading

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Courageous Pope

Il Papa needs to watch his back. He is ‘courageous’. Francis has listed fifteen ailments from which he thinks the Vatican Curia suffers. Here is my interpretation of them. They treat the church as a private club. They form cliques. They show … Continue reading

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Church parasites

Today’s Church Times announces that the good old C of E is thinking about using human resources managerial strategy to train people for high office. Nothing has quite spoiled my Friday morning as much as this has – not even the prospect … Continue reading

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