The Domestic Church

For several days now, I have been thinking about how best to write this piece. It follows the most recent closure of the Churches and other places of worship in Scotland and from the various discussions which have followed this, especially those discussions which...

Christmas Day 2020

Image: ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ – Edward Burne-Jones, 1904 For many, this year has been characterised more than anything by isolation, loneliness, separation and anxiety. Even this Christmas Day will be celebrated in a way that we are not used to...

What Cannot Be Hidden

This morning I read a short poem called Manger Scene, written by an acquaintance on Twitter. You can click on the link to read it, should you wish to do so – and I do recommend it. The poem contained this line – “to see what cannot be hidden”....

2020 In Review

EDITORIAL 2020 is a year none of us will ever forget. We have lived through the writing of a particular moment in history, an era which will be discussed and examined for decades to come; a time whose after-effects will remain with us long after these days are...

Cancelling Christmas

“I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people.. a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” (Lk.2:10-12)   We have heard a lot recently about the idea of ‘cancelling Christmas’. In saying this, people...

Light On The Horizon

When my phone pings very early in the morning, it usually announces the arrival of bad news of some sort. But that wasn’t the case today – instead, it was very good news indeed.  Thank God, the United Kingdom awoke to the news that regulatory approval has...

The Life Of Fr Mychal Judge

11 September 2001 is memorable for one single reason – the terrible attacks upon America which took place that day in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. It is a day the world will never forget and it showed, in the darkest imaginable light, the evil of which...

The Right Choices

A global pandemic was never going to come without a financial impact. That was always a certainty. Estimates for how much the pandemic has cost the country so far are in the range of about £280billion up till this point, with heady projections of the costs which will...

Ordinary Is Not An Option

It’s funny how attractive unavailability can be – we always want what we cannot have. This thought was very much in my mind as I read the Pastoral Letter from the Bishop which was published last evening, in response to a large part of the country moving...