Today, for Good Friday, I wrote Collects to go with the Stations. Some are below, accompanied by the gorgeous art of Sieger Koder, whose religious art can be found at PB&M.
When I was 32, my friend Greg asked me if I was seeing anyone. I cried because this was the first time in my life anybody had ever asked me that question with simplicity and open heartedness. There is a public dimension to having your capacity to love acknowledged.
Text of my sermon at Coventry Cathedral this weekend and details about our friends in the faith and reconciliation life at Coventry Cathedral.
Last week I had the real pleasure of an extended conversation with Cathy MacDonald from the BBC Radio Scotland programme "Sunday Morning with Cathy MacDonald". The audio is through the link. We spoke about Corrymeela, poetry, theology, conflict, LGBT identity and national identity. There is some music interspersed throughout.
Oh how I love Greenbelt.
On Thursday and Friday I attended the first Xchange summer school. The 2 day event brought speakers and participants together to talk about social change in Northern Ireland, and particularly sought to reframe the starting points for conversations. Our topics were the Arts, the Media, Liberties and History. I gave short input on Liberties from an LGBT perspective.
I did a short programme for Holy Thursday for BBC Radio Ulster. There are a few reflection pieces on the gospels, some music from Oláfur Arlands, Taizé and Lisa Gerrard (do, do, do listen to the magnificence of Lisa Gerrard's piece), and some poetry from Micheal O'Siadhail and Mark Jarman.