Researching a Simple Life

For a long time I have had this nagging thought in my head that what I am looking for is something akin to monastic and artistic communities. I have always held a passion for creativity, for sharing life, our blessings, and skills, and living in a simple, sustainable, and environmentally friendly way. It seemed a…

Baptism: Gown Lessons

One of the traditional pieces of a baptism that I really wanted to keep hold of was Cub’s gown. Historically the gown was meant for both adults and children to symbolise the new start: they would be baptised/bathed naked and then be given brand new white robes. It is now pretty common to see babies…

Caroline Challis: Professional Singer, Conductor, Animateur

Although I often comment and recommend artists via this blog, I seem to have wholly missed any musical areas of the creative world. This is almost unforgivable as I am lucky to know some great music-lovers and musicians. To remedy this I thought I would introduce you to one of my very favourite people, one…

Mission: A Bond of Two Halves

When you think of mission, the likelihood is you picture people travelling, even if only down the road, in order to reach people who might need help in a number of ways. When travel has become easier than ever before a lot of the ideas wrapped up with mission are about the developing world, building…

A Letter To My Gay Brothers & Sisters

I write to you with humility. I don’t have all the answers. I write simply what is in my heart and if I offend at any point I hope you can forgive me, I do not intend to harm you. I have been wondering whether this was something I should say, something to write, and…

I'm A Christian; My Country Is Not

There’s been a lot of debate recently about whether Britain is Christian and it has gone through the same arguments it does every time, it is hardly a new controversy. Personally I don’t consider Britain, the country I was born in, grew up in, and still live in, to be Christian. And I am talking…

"I'm Angry" & How I Healed

It is now over a year since I had my second miscarriage, lost the child that I have since come to call Kari. Shortly after I went through a point of feeling incredibly angry, and although it was done in a blog post form, it was never published. It’s only now that I feel I…

Faith & Action

History is full of examples of people who saw that something was wrong, or could at least be improved, and have done something about it. This action is hugely important, particularly when it comes from a place of faith, which is why I have been known to become increasingly frustrated with those people who firstly,…

Permissible Not Beneficial

Grace is obviously something hard to comprehend most of the time, and even harder when we bring in the law also set down in the Bible. We are told both that the law is fulfilled by Jesus, but that none of it is removed, and even more so that grace covers our sin, that is…

Five Lessons From The Sound of Music

Breaking from my weekly routine is due to a piece of news that I only received at the weekend and I felt needed marking: Maria Von Trapp, the last member of the family singers (before the three later children were born to the Captain and Maria) that inspired The Sound of Music, died at 99 years…