Words of Connection Blog

Insightful, Compassionate and Thought-Provoking Words

June 3, 2020 10:58 am

As dwellers of a coastal City we tend to have a real appreciation of the call and inspiration of the sea, and the sea features in the first two of this week’s offerings. The first went viral in India. It was widely commented on when published in The Times of India; it is quite astonishing. […]

Words that may Sooth Anger and Frustration

May 27, 2020 11:05 am

Taking a look at Words of Connection in Week 10 of Lockdown… One can understand the feelings of anger and frustration experienced by so many of us, so we’re offering readings of reassurance, light and harmony. The first comes from a volume entitled Healing Prayers, Meditations and Sermons in the time of COVID-19, from Leo Baeck […]

Thoughts about Ramadan, Prayer and a Cartoon for Children

May 20, 2020 9:51 am

  Ramadan is in the minds and lives of so many, and will remain so until Sunday May 24th.  For this reason we open with an amazing poem by Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī) about Ramadan. Written about 800 years ago, it’s as fresh as if it was written today. Also a radiant and lyrical […]

Two Brilliant Films That Chart the Lockdown, Take a Look…

May 13, 2020 9:47 am

The IFCG has been pointed in the direction of two astonishing films. One of them, we may have already mentioned, the other came to us more recently. They are both inspirational. Both must be seen. The latest is from Razia Aziz – business consultant, spiritual counsellor, interfaith minister and performer. Razia is uniquely gifted. She […]

With the stress of voluntary social isolation in mind

May 13, 2020 8:48 am

One of the problems of the moment is the stress faced by individuals isolated and alone in lockdown. Solitary confinement is the worst kind of punishment given to those in prison, it is truly terrible. Covid 19 means that good citizens everywhere now face the pain of voluntarily isolation for the good of others. It […]

An inspirational film, a familiar Bible reading and poetry

May 6, 2020 2:13 pm

As we enter the 45th day of lockdown, the IFCG has a delightful, heart-warming film to share with you. It was made by the ethical film-maker Sarah West on behalf of Hove Methodist Church, and is part of a larger project looking into the spirit of our City during the lockdown. Just take a look […]

Reassuring words about prayer, and more

April 29, 2020 1:08 pm

This week our readings and prayers for Words of Connection address a number of spiritual issues including guilt and prayer. Many good people in our City feel that they are not doing enough to support the work of the NHS and others in combatting the effects of the lockdown. In the words of the great […]

A Stroll Through Comforting and Calming Words

April 24, 2020 7:26 am

We are receiving some wonderful readings and ideas to help us through the strangeness of self-isolation. This time we have two beautiful Buddhist readings, a wonderful nature prayer, a poem by Nicola Lytle, a Hindu Children’s Prayer and a Baha’i Prayer. In addition to this I would very much like to draw your attention to […]

Words of Connection 25 days After Lockdown

April 16, 2020 2:46 pm

This week we are featuring a range of readings, and we are also suggesting a video for you to consider. The readings include a poem by Jessica Salfia, an English teacher and writer from West Virginia. It is composed from the first lines of commercial emails received while she is in quarantine. It reveals the […]

Readings of Beauty, Vision and Compassion

April 8, 2020 3:56 pm

Self-isolation has brought profound changes to many of us, and our lives. The positive side of the pandemic is now being widely considered, despite the growing sadness we feel for those affected. Today it is this positive side we have considered with these readings. The first poem is the widely praised “And the People Stayed […]