Month: December 2017

A Stranger in a Strange Church

Robert Pirsig wrote, “The only Zen you find on a mountain top is the Zen you bring.”

I thought of that as I worshipped in an historic church recently.

I watched the young couples practicing personal piety.

I saw students bow their head in prayer for the entire service.

No one welcomed me, no one said goodbye.

And it was perfect.

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Hope and Equality in an Unvirtuous Kitchen

Richard Kerrigan is a chef working at The Goat’s Toe in Bangor, Northern Ireland. He works relief for mental health support charities, and he has a background in mental health nursing.

It’s difficult to ignore the references to food and cookery in the Bible. From the first bite of that seemingly perfect, shiny apple in Genesis to the Last Supper and the feasts and wine in the New Testament, there are scores of nods to the culinary world. Many are metaphors for knowledge sharing (unless Christ really did feed thousands using a couple of cod fillets & a few baps). Indeed, a lot of Jesus’s teaching and preaching is done at mealtimes & when else would be better to feed the mind than when you are feeding the belly? Folk are more likely to listen if there’s free sandwiches and a pot of coffee. It’s the reason most of us turn up at training days.

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Can’t Start a Fire Without a Spark – Thoughts on Hanukah

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg  writes books about the messy business of trying to be a person in the world, and how spirituality can inform and transform that work. Sometimes that’s about parenting, sometimes feminism, sex, God, justice, or joy.  It’s all interconnected, isn’t it?

She’s a highly-sought keynote speaker and lecturer who has been named by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as one of ten “rabbis to watch,” and one of the top 50 most influential women rabbisContinue reading