Anthea Ballam writes: I’ve been involved in two events, days apart, that shone a searching light on the whole ethos of ‘interfaith’, and served to remind me how important it is to be grounded in love. After a series of unexpected happenings, I found myself whisked up to the steel and concrete world of MediaCity…

Nicola Coombe writes: It’s the time before a ceremony that ministers know to invest in. We know that the quiet potency at the heart of an event — be it a wedding, a meal, a summer garden — arises in mysterious proportions to what went into its preparation. We know this calls us into contemplation…

Nicola Coombe writes: I’ve been chatting with two friends, a few days before the end of 2016. One feeling her sanity fleeing in the midst of children, guilty festive food consumption, and endless pot scrubbing. The other similarly grappling, but in the face of the alone-ness of living solo, and the masking of this when…

Nicola Coombe writes: I grew up in apartheid-laden South Africa, where misogynistic and xenophobic religious ideas informed violent law-making and terrible suffering. The archetypes of religion, governance, and leadership were in my face. I loathed and feared. In contrast, I breathed hope from the diamond-like resilience of those that refused to accept this reality. The…

Razia Aziz writes: How is it that, so often in ministry, when a shock leaves you reeling and uncertain about the ground upon which you stand, at that very moment you are called to rise above the wreckage and offer a profound and humbling service? So it was with the funeral of Inayat Hafiz*, a…

Nicola Coombe writes: My eye caught on something white in the river alongside our boat yesterday. A dead swan, intertwined in an uprooted floating tree. The image sits heavy and stagnant in my body in silence this morning. Its grim stillness and semi-submersion seems to hold a space for the truly terrible suffering in our…

  Nicola Coombe writes: I was in Dublin on that extremely strange day after the UK’s Brexit vote, grateful to have a creative purpose leading an event to introduce our training to potential applicants. These events are attended by amazing people who are seriously seeking ‘something’. Some have words for it; some have eyes that…

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Nicola Coombe writes: Did you see, or hear about, the red liquid altar at last year’s ordination? It shocked me. Too late to change or protest, there it was. A huge glass bowl of dark red liquid, in the middle of the altar. That moment – not in control, somewhat freaked out, now even more…

Nicola Coombe writes:  I often listen to the radio in the car after dropping my son Lucien at school. On Wednesday last week, on Radio 4, an Iranian woman being given temporary refugee residence in Sweden was the brief focus. The issue discussed drove a stake through my heart. By the evening I felt quite…

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