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The big river of God’s providential love
Photo: Ansel Adams, wikiart.org
Language and metaphors of faith development
Analogies for faith transitions
Yes: Entrusting oneself to Another
Accepting the life that is awaiting us
Photo: Annie Spratt, unsplash.com
I the middle of my winter I found an invincible summer. Daniel O'Leary
Photo: Kwang Mathurosemontri
Phases of faith
Faith is a verb, a process of becoming, involving our loving, trusting, believing, acting, suffering, valuing, knowing, committing. Alan Jamieson
Picture: The Vendramin family, Titian
Do some things get better as we age?
What might these be?
Picture: Self portrait with red flower wreath and chain, 1907. Paula Modersohn becke
Paths taken, paths not taken
We 'stand enquiring'. (John Donne)
I'm not lost but neither do I know where I am going.
Time, as sacrament
Exploring our relationship with time.
Distance and intimacy (the unitive life)
Entering deeply in to the soul so as to enter more deeply in to humanity and the mystery of God himself. Peter Feldmeier
Photograph: Houses on clifftop, Jonas Lavoie-Levesque (unsplash.com)
Learning your true name
Most fundamentally, who are you?
Postmodernity and faith
A liquid society. Do we underestimate the effect of postmodern culture on our faith?
The impact of internalising the extroverted bias in culture.
Picture: Self portrait, 1901 Heinrich Kuhn
Windows on the soul
Reflecting on the different stages of life through 2 paintings
Why am I so tired?
Picture: Rest on the flight to Egypt, Gentileschi
Torpor and the refusal of joy. The word literally means "not caring" or "being unable to care". Kathleen Norris
Picture: Elijah and the angel, Denic Bouts
Orientation, dis-orientation and new orientation
Disorientation...an abrupt or slowly dawning acknowledgement that constitutes a dismantling of the old known world and a relinquishment of safe, reliable, confidence in God's good creation.
Picture: The fall of Icarus, Peter Paul Rubens
Infatuation and enchantment - Nesting and manipulation - Crisis - Resolution and integration.
Picture: The entombment, 1612. Peter Paul Rubens
Thresholds and conversion
If we wish to live freely and expansively we must learn to die or diminish or take risks.
Photograph: Stephen Wood
In the experience of beauty we awaken and surrender in the same act.
Photograph: Blue valley, Ales Krivec (unsplash.com)
Ways of knowing
Time for intuition, inklings and trusting the unconscious.
Everything is gestation and then rebirthing. Rainer Maria Rilke
Picture: Branches of an almond tree in blossom, Vincent van Gogh
Owning our own story and sinking into the deeper story.
It takes the four seasons of our life to develop the art of doing all things playfully; that is religiously.
Janice Brewi and Anne Brennan
Picture: Children's games, Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Leavetaking and homecoming
The LORD had said to Abraham, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you."
A new space
Second growth: Discontent, restlessness, doubt, despair, longing as signs of growing pains.
Picture: Sven Schlager, unsplash.com
Exploring the gift of our dreams
All dreams, (even the nasty ones we care to call "nightmares"), come ultimately in the service of physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wholeness.
Picture: July Night, Frederick Child Hassam
Landscapes and the soul
What imprints have landscapes made on your soul?
Photograph: Hill and village scene, Elaine Li (unsplash.com)
Our rootedness, our sense of place and space, is profoundly bodily.
God delights in being visible and tangible in human skin. The Blessed Trinity dwells deep within our bodies.
Photograph: Boots, Amanda Sandlin (unsplash.com)
Fidelity through changes.
Picture: Friends, Konstantin Makovsky
The return to wonder
Seen it all, done it all, heard it all,
Mid-life, no "no more bullshit passage".
Cynicism and the love of all things.
Picture: Niagara Falls, Pavel Svinyin
This hidden life, this first courageous life, seems to speak from silence.
Photo: Underwater swimmer, Jacob Walti (unsplash.com)
Relinquishment and unlearning
To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day. Lao Tsu
Photo: Leaf, Grzegorz Mleczek (unsplash.com)
Humility: Embracing imperfections and limitations
A consideration of the Beatitudes.
Photo: Clashing zebras, David Meier (picography.co)
Jesus and the archetypes
All of life is archetypal. Jesus has therefore within himself all the patterns of being, relating, growing and ministering that all people have.
Picture: Simeon's song, Rembrandt
Coracle magazine: The pictures within (vol 10)
Shame and vulnerability. The Invisible Church - a book review, Downloadable pdf material launched. Two new groups: East Lothian and Explorers
For previous magazines
I wake to a perfect patience of mountains...To merciful Him whose only now is forever.
E. E. Cummings
Picture: Samuel Palmer
Lord, transform our prejudice, nurture our growth, deepen our questions, widen our view, challenge our comforts.
May our thoughts make us explorers.
Picture: Stamp, wikicommons
Generativity and stagnation
Caring is the greatest thing, caring matters most. Frederick von Hugel
Picture: Kneeling man planting,1881. Vincent van Gogh
Creating space between people. Henri Nouwen
Picture: Light of the world, Holman Hunt
Gender and spirituality
Ascent and descent for women and men.
Photo: Underground, Sam (unsplash.com)
Gender and Spirituality: Androgyny
Religion is always, in one sense or another, about making one out of two.
Picture: Man and woman on the beach, 1893. Thomas Pollack
What is my characteristic style of coping with endings?
Home (and the vision of wholeness)
What and where is home?
Picture: Montfoucault, 1874 Camille Pissarro
Hospitality and the Eucharist
Eucharist living. Liturgy and life.
Picture: Supper at Emmaus,1602, Caravaggio
How to live a life
Everything is already given.
Picture: Waiting for the ferry, 1915. Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky
In and through the body
The body is a doorway into inner space or presence.
Picture: Annunciation, Fra Angelico,
It's not about you
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
At the end of the day, how do you know you have done enough? Pete Edwards
Photo: Tangle of railway lines José Martín (unsplash.com)
The signs of transition are a resurgence of immense fear, so the temptation is to return to the tried and tested. Which is half right.
Picture: Two crosses, Bridget MacAulay
Mapping the journey
I need to be humbled, cooked in the tears of loss for any deeper life to emerge.
And there was a new voice, which you slowly recognised as your own.
Roger Housden on a Mary Oliver poem
Picture: In front of the Isle Tudy, Maxime Maufra
For many wayfarers (post-chrysalis faith people) waystations will be a place to alight, to be refreshed and then be beckoned on again. Alan Jamieson
Photograph: Butterflies, Odelon Redon
Our relationship with time
It is morning, afternoon or evening. Begin.
Photo: Watch, Levi Saunders (unsplash.com)
Don't call this world adorable, or useful, that's not it. It's frisky, and a theatre for more than fair winds...Don't call this world an explanation, or even an education.
Picture: Winger Dance, 1903. Hugo Simberg
What does it feel like to be silent before God, and before others?
Picture: Morning in Riesengebirge, Caspar David Friedrich
What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah
Picture: Coalmine in the Borinage, 1879. van Gogh
The cup of life
Meditations on the mingling of joy and sorrow.
True self and false self
Somewhere, somehow, we began to live as if we were separate, alone and in danger. Once afraid, we constructed a self out of that fear and have been steadfastly defending it ever since. Kabir Helminski
Picture: Sunlit bush, Lukasz Szmigiel (unsplash.com)