Love and Faith: the Great Inspiration

February 24, 2021

The relationship between the sacred and love are inseparable. The mystics, of all ages and of all faiths have been able to remind us of this divine connection, and so we celebrate love today in our latest Words of Connection. The theme of love was inspired by a contribution from the Rev Canon Peter Wells. It […]

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Graceful and Gracious Words of Spirit

February 17, 2021

One of the most fascinating aspects of being gracious is that the moment we give thanks, we seem to gain the benefit ourselves from our act of appreciation. It’s a bit like the way something changes in the moment it has been observed, even if it’s a million light years away. Thanking affects both the […]

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Encountering Blessings and Snow on the Spiritual Journey

February 10, 2021

As the pandemic unfolds it seems that spiritual inspiration can play an important and useful part in our lives. The alarming uncertainties going on around us can be eased by prayer, reflection and meditation… and a simple blessing can soothe the soul. And so, this week’s Words of Connection is dedicated to grace and blessings… […]

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Intention and Loving Invocations

February 3, 2021

Intention, blessings and invocations lie at the heart of this week’s Words of Connection… Sometimes it seems that praying for ourselves might seem selfish at a time of great suffering. Yet invoking a caring spirit is a natural and intimate way to address the Divine. Opening one’s heart and offering a loving request makes one […]

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Heralding Hope for Planet Earth

January 27, 2021

With a change in world leadership came a great wave of hope, tinged with uncertainty. Whatever one’s views on the post-election activity on the other side of the Atlantic, one change for the better cannot be denied – the hope for The Earth. As the regime of the past drifts away in time, the return […]

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Connecting with Sacred Spaces and Sacred Places

January 20, 2021

The effects of lockdown are so very challenging, and yet challenge in itself can be rewarding. We find ourselves locked up in our own four walls, and yet within this confinement we may discover moments when we can be imaginative and adventurous, and explore our faith and the faith of others in new ways. The […]

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Inner Peace in a Tumultuous World

January 13, 2021

This time lockdown seems very much noisier and more chaotic than before. There is traffic, more people outdoors, and the news has been overwhelming… an attempted coup in the US Capital, the pandemic escalating on a scale never imagined, not to mention the uncertainties created by Brexit. So now, maybe, is a good time to draw […]

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Hope… in Tweets, Prayers and Poems

January 6, 2021

In times of darkness the human spirit fights back, sometimes assertively and sometimes gently and patiently. It’s invariably hope that drives the human spirit when we look into the deep gloom of the moment. Hope is a shining light that we all need right now; my own MP, Caroline Lucas of Brighton Pavilion, stressed the […]

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Words of Reflection and Humour for New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2020

As we move towards the end of a thoroughly difficult year, it seemed time to include a humorous poem in our latest Words of Connection. But before this, we open with a universal blessing written for those that live in our City, and beyond. This is followed by a New Year’s prayer written by Dr Johnson. […]

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Solstice and Christmas Blessings, Prayers and Poetry

December 24, 2020

This week’s Words of Connection makes no apologies for being less inclusive than usual. Whatever our faith views, it is impossible to overlook Christmas and the happiness and sadness that so many of us have experienced recently. Many of us were looking forward to being reunited with our nearest and dearest, and now we are […]

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