Gratitude is Powerful: Here are two powerful readings

July 1, 2020

Gratitude is powerful. Some of the greatest prayers, hymns and poems are just giving thanks in the words of many faiths. At a time of frustration, it may be the moment to enjoy the pleasure of giving thanks. It’s accepted that the receiver of gratitude feels happier for the token of appreciation, but the one […]

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From Lewes, Ireland, The East and The West… Visionary Poetry and Prayers

June 24, 2020

Spiritual harmony is to be found everywhere. This week’s Words of Connection opens with a superb short poem from the gifted poet Grace Nichols. Grace lives in Lewes and wrote this compassionate poem only last month. It comes from the website Write Where we are Now –   which we have used as a source of inspiration on […]

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Time to Connect with Blessings, Challenges and Reflections

June 17, 2020

Words of Connection opens this week with a deeply spiritual blessing by José Argüelles. A recent suggestion that Words of Connection need not avoid challenging contributions is acknowledged with two exceptional poems. The first is a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement, and our BME community. It was written by the great Maya Angelou – […]

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Prayers Inspired by the Pandemic, and Cosmic Contemplations…

June 10, 2020

This week we are featuring two very current prayers. The first was the prayer that inspired the IFCG to set up Words of Connection on an ongoing basis. It is Prayer for the Corona Virus Crisis written by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, of the Progressive Synagogue; it has been widely used since the outbreak of […]

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Insightful, Compassionate and Thought-Provoking Words

June 3, 2020

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. […]

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Words that may Sooth Anger and Frustration

May 27, 2020

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 […]

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Thoughts about Ramadan, Prayer and a Cartoon for Children

May 20, 2020

  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 […]

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

May 13, 2020

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 […]

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With the stress of voluntary social isolation in mind

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 […]

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An inspirational film, a familiar Bible reading and poetry

May 6, 2020

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 […]

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