Topics generally

Church
Hobbyhorses
Random
Sermons
Politics
Rants and Raves
Unsorted

On this page I set out and describe some of the general areas of the random thoughts which crossed my mind from time to time, though of course, I treasure the quote from Howards End by EM Forster: “Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.”

Church

To some extent I became a priest in the Church of England by accident, or by happenstance. After a memorable evening (though typically I cannot remember the date) when I finally came off the fence and decided to bet on Pascal’s Wager and shows to believe in the existence of God, I needed to learn more and because Jenny had always been a committed member of the Church of England, it was to an Anglican church that I went. From there I went on to train as a Reader, and from the trainers and be ordained as a priest. Inevitably most of my experience and knowledge, then, is related to the Church of England of which I have become more than ever critical. I love the Church of England, but she is not without her warts. Some of what I see as blemishes will be sent out under the category of Church, and I invite discussion.

Hobbyhorses

Over the years there have been a number of issues which I constantly revisit. Some of them, like the church and like politics are easy to categorise and will generally be found under those headings. Others are less easily sorted, and appear under this portmanteau heading. They tend to be topics in which I feel helpless, unable to change: but I can try, and I am open to any practical suggestions.

Random

Even more than the hobbyhorses q.v. these are topics which have so far resisted formal classification, but more importantly which are currently just ideas in my head without any detail.

Sermons

As a Reader and as a priest I have over quite a few years now written and delivered any number of formal sermons, and many of them are collected here. Although I have often said to people that being in a pulpit does not place the preacher 6 feet above contradiction, this has almost universally been the case, so I offer the sermons here is an invitation for people to discuss them, to disagree with me – or even conceivably to agree with me. They have been lightly edited to remove chronological discrepancies or to explain dated references.

Politics

Never previously a political animal apart from a youthful dalliance with the Young Liberals, my political conscience was raised by the outrageous events surrounding the 2016 referendum. That referendum was ill-advised, the electorate ill-informed and frankly hoodwinked by those who for reasons more likely to be financial than ideological wanted the United Kingdom to give up its membership of the European Union. An awful lot of people agreed with me that the result would be an utter tragedy for our country. Indeed, 48% of the voters at the time wanted to remain. Being retired, I had rather more time to spend on social media, and I became a keyboard warrior, unable to go on marches and demonstrations because of my physical limitations. Now of course, my political thinking extends far beyond the narrow confines of membership of the EU and extend to criticism of the whole political system. I am a strong defender of democracy – my espousal of the theories and practice of equality is the basis for that. But what is happening today is not democracy, and I will use my posts on this blog to explore how democracy might be better served than it is now.

Rants and Raves

a subsection of the hobbyhorses, possibly a little more spirited than the random category because these are things about which I am apt to rant without yet having reasoned them out, or about which I might rave, again from an emotional level rather than the rational. These are things to which I take an instinctive liking or disliking, which are enveloped by emotion on which I am happy to receive comment.

Unsorted

Self-explanatory, I think! The inbox for things I need to think about.