The Tibetan Sand Mandala & My Faith

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While I’m (obviously) not Buddhist, but since seeing it in Samsara, an epic film, I have been quite taken with the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of creating coloured sand mandalas. I have found aspects of the sand mandala that deeply resonate with my own faith and the story of the world as I understand it. Working from the center, out, the … Read More

Justice and Our Union with the Spirit

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I just read this in Tom Wright’s book ‘Simply Christian’ …the task of the church cannot be attempted without the Spirit. I have sometimes heard Christian people talk as though, having done what he’s done in Jesus, God now wants us to do our part by getting on with things under our own steam. But that is a tragic misunderstanding. … Read More

Grace and Silence go Hand in Hand

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Recently I was giving some thought to how I would describe those moments in contemplative silence where I have felt like I experienced something – a sort of transcendence. For me those moments are few and far between but they’re important to my ongoing journey. Most of the time silence feels like a bit of a struggle and hard work, … Read More

The Spirituality of Puzzle Making

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Puzzle Making

Everything is spiritual but there are some things that seem to detract from life while others seem to build it up. I’m a bit of a digital and information junky. I’m the former because of the latter. The digital world is like plugging information straight into your veins. For this reason I need tools that enable me to ‘unplug’ and … Read More

I Get Scared

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Early last year I had a crisis of faith. It came after a couple of weeks in the ‘Holy Land’ and it struck me while standing in the Church of the Nativity in the heart of Bethlehem – a Palestinian town that I adore. The crisis would have been invisible to those around me (I’m an introvert and process these … Read More

Experiencing God

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As many of you will know, I have been on a journey over the last couple of years of immersing myself more in the spiritual disciplines, contemplative prayer and silence. It’s born out of a deep seated need to be closer to God and to truly have him fuel and guide my life. I want to be experiencing God in … Read More