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‘There is no audience quite like a prison audience.’

14 November 2019 | by Lynn Morris

‘Are we speaking out as yet about the two women a week being killed by abusive partners?’ | Courtesy of Journeymen Theatre.

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month and those who noticed were encouraged to wear purple to show their support. I have to ask, who actually did know? At Journeymen Theatre, as we engage with audiences all over the UK, performing our play on domestic abuse Rock And A Hard Place,...

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‘No one is too Small to Make a Difference’, by Greta Thunberg

14 November 2019 | by Frank Regan

Close-up of the book cover. | Penguin Books.

The upcoming Christmas story takes place in obscurity. Bethlehem is the least, the smallest, of villages. Mary and Joseph are among the least of society. The baby is born into physical smallness and social insignificance. I am struck in these times by smallness. This small book (eighty pages) is by...

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Poem: A Friend reads Psalm 139 in Meeting

14 November 2019 | by Lucy Crispin | 1 comment

'Together we wait through breaths...' | Carolyn V / Unsplash.

I sit in a different seat today. Cutting it fine, Friends slip in, join the deepening stillness. The crunch of tyres on gravel, a door-tongue carefully released, the known slow tap of ferrule on floorboard: the small sounds stir the silence which settles again, as water over a pebble or...

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‘Bridgebuilding’, by Alastair McKay

07 November 2019 | by Richard Seebohm

Close up of the book cover. | Canterbury Press Norwich.

This book was launched at St Ethelburga’s in the City of London. The church was rebuilt from the ruined shell that was left after the Bishopsgate IRA bomb of 1993. As a centre for reconciliation it claims four striking values: crisis as an opportunity for change; spiritual values into action;...

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Silent school

07 November 2019 | by Jonathan Wooding

'Wordless, nevertheless, I turn my mind / to the plain vase gifted with peonies' | Alex Seinet / Unsplash.

Three high windows deliver the movement of summer trees and light on a central table, water jug, vase, flowers, books.

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‘Into the Depths: A chaplain’s reflections on death, dying and pastoral care’, by Rosie Deedes

31 October 2019 | by Nick Wilde

Close-up of the book cover. | Sacristy Press.

Rosie Deedes works in spiritual care at the Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight. She has also worked as a chaplain in prisons and at a university. She draws on that experience in this book, which, though not an easy read, is very readable.

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‘The Silence Diaries’, by Jennifer Kavanagh

31 October 2019 | by Joseph Jones

Close-up of the book cover. | Roundfire Books

I should begin with an honest disclosure: I was duty-bound to read this short novel. The author had asked me to interview her as part of its launch, so it became a work task. Fortunately, it was no chore. I’m confident I would have read it anyway. Jennifer Kavanagh...

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‘Outgrowing God: A beginner’s guide’ by Richard Dawkins

17 October 2019 | by Reg Naulty | 2 comments

Close up of the book cover. | Penguins Book.

In its early pages, this reads like a book for children. But its author soon gets into his stride, and it becomes vintage Richard Dawkins: clear, vigorous, going in for the kill. Religion has nothing going for it; it is sheer superstition which can be explained.

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‘Can I Tell You About…?’ Four books by Liz Gulliford

03 October 2019 | by Hazel Nelson

Close up of 'Can I Tell You About... Forgiveness?' | Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

This groundbreaking set of books is a welcome addition to the literature on how to overcome negative aspects of children’s behaviour. It focuses specifically on developing children’s psychological strengths and I cannot recommend it too highly for parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone else involved with children developing positive...

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‘Pamphlet 39: The Language of Spirituality’ by Alan York

03 October 2019 | by Kitty Parsons

‘The author goes on to argue that a third experience of the universe...is necessary.' | Mark Rasmuson / Unsplash.

In The Language of Spirituality, Alan York sets out to examine the various ways in which we perceive the world, and the limits upon the language that is available to us to use.

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