Category Archives: Pastoralia

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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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 Swiftian circular argument

None for ages, then three at once. Like buses. Funerals I’m talking about. And what a trio: the 20-year-old murdered in Jerusalem, then two from the same extended family with strong church and business connexions—big funerals. They don’t half take it … Continue reading

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Hannah Bladon: life abundant cut short

Hannah Bladon was killed in Jerusalem on Good Friday. Here is my eulogy delivered at her funeral today,  I met Hannah soon after I came to Burton in 2014. We were waiting for mass to begin in St Paul’s. Although we’d … Continue reading

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Sounds exactly like duck

I knew Hannah, the young woman who was killed in Jerusalem yesterday (Good Friday). She was blessed with three great qualities of intellect, namely vitality, suppleness and rigour. She was therefore good fun. Think of her parents. Before that news … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday 2016

One of our joys at St Modwen’s is to be a kind of safe haven for people who wander in and out. Some of them are of no fixed abode. All of them find it difficult to cope with society—and … Continue reading

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