Self-Care

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” 1 Corinthians 13 Take a look at the first image. This is one of the sculptures that I mentioned in last week’s blog by Louise Bourgeous. What does it convey to you? Care? Compassion maybe? When thinking about survival for a previous …

Touchy Feely

“Hold me now, warm my heart, stay with me” Thompson Twins Take a look at the first image. This a piece by artist Ashleigh Taupaki, an artist based in New Zealand. Ashleigh’s art works are all about holding, caring and cradling fragility and ephemerality such as the slight things of nature that we easily ignore: …

Survival Plan

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style” Maya Angelou Take a look at the first image. What does it say to you? This painting by Chagall, who was a Russian Jew, was made during the Holocaust …

Broken Beauty

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (St Paul) The quote above was in last week’s meditation and it started me thinking about the idea of imperfection as beauty. The first image here shows a mended bowl using the Japanese concept of Kintsugi, the ‘art of precious scars’. When the …

Daily Struggle

‘Hearken to my weary voice, O God. I am your friend & co-conspirator in the struggle for a new world.’ (Activist’s Prayer) Take a look at the first picture. This is called Vision of the Sermon (Jacob wrestling with the Angel) by Van Gogh. This picture is based on the biblical story of Jacob, who ran …

Rhythm and ritual

‘Your daily life is your temple and religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.’ (Kahlil Gibran) Take a look at the first picture. This is a picture of our advent ring in the second week of advent. Every year I save our Christmas wreath and then use it for our advent …

Word of the Year

“Act upon hope” Commoners Choir Take a look at the first picture – you will be familiar with this by now, as I have used it twice previously this month. I have asked my daughter to adapt it in her own style for this week’s blog. For some reason, it’s has spoken to me in …

Add an Event

“The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer Take a look at the first picture. This is the artwork which I made a few years ago for a city centre …

Festive Craftivism: spreading gratitude and hope

2020 has been quite a year. As a nation we have not known grief, loneliness and restrictions on our daily lives in most of our living memories. We have felt powerless to stop the many plights on our society: covid-19, climate change, racism and discrimination in all its forms. However, we are powerful, we do …

Reflection on creativity

A guided meditation about the power of creativity for positive change. We explore it as an outlet in difficult times, as a way of connecting with one another and asking for the world we want to see. There is a stilling exercise, some time of silence and some reflections about creativity to ponder. Please do …