The delicious people at Canterbury Press / Hymns Ancient and Modern are once again running the Festival of Preaching in Oxford in England from 8th-10th September. I’ll be speaking, as well as leading some evening some sessions of Irish chanting, together with poetry and prayers. Full programme and links to booking can be found through this link.
I’ll be one of the speakers at the September 11th event of “The Quality of Mercy” at St. Martin in the Fields in London alongside Brian McLaren and Anna Carter Florence. Entrance is free. More details here.
I’ll be offering a day-retreat at St. Mark’s Church in Sheffield on October 19 this year. Booking here.
Spending time with the Book of Ruth.
The Book of Ruth is an extraordinary book from the Hebrew bible. In it, the lives of two displaced women are explored. They are both border-crossers. They are both workers. They are both in need. They are both widows. They look after each other and navigate their safety in a climate that wasn’t always friendly.
This book tells us so much: it speaks of the political power of kindness. It also speaks of fortitude and determination and grit. This is a biblical book that has a message for all, at all times of life. It is about borders and famine and food and friendship. It is about women and it is about the rules of men. It is about power. And it is about pain. Together we will read this book, exploring its messages and story and brilliance.
I’ll be preaching the morning service at St. Mark’s on Sunday 20th October.
In this residential weekend at Sarum College in England, we will approach Gospel texts through slant angles, allowing the queer, marginal and silenced voices to speak, to hold their own, and to engage in a theological project of truthtelling.