Con pan y vino

Derby Diocesan Conference, Monday 17 November 2014 (Compline meditation), on this reading  We have a moment now to reflect on the day, and on the story of the road to Emmaus. Towards the end of this evening’s talk we were thinking about the importance of eating together. The story offers us that. And about the importance of silence. I don’t […]

My mother is saying ‘Now’

St Oswald’s Ashbourne, Friday 30 May 2014 (service and lunch for retired clergy), on these readings  A matter of questions about words and names, says Gallio in the first reading, and he isn’t interested in questions like that. Nonetheless I would like to preach about words, two in particular. The word Now, because in this […]

The beginning of a beautiful friendship

Derby Cathedral, 29 May 2014 (Ascension), on these readings It is difficult – at least, it is for me – to think about what Ascension looks like. There are pictures of it but they end up just as feet disappearing through a cloud. The whole mental picture of the heavens has changed for us – we can’t […]


St Peter’s Derby, 18 April 2014 (Good Friday), ecumenical service Thank you for asking me here today; it’s a great pleasure to be here and to see so many different Christian traditions represented in this gathering for Good Friday. Like many of you, probably, I represent several traditions myself; among other things, I have some robustly […]

A passion to deliver

Derby Cathedral, evensong, 6 April 2014 (Lent 5), on these readings. I have been here at the Cathedral for a month now. I spent some time this week studying job advertisements. They sound like this: The ideal candidate will be able to clearly demonstrate successful experience of the position’s requirements, within an aligned environment. Engagement with […]