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Sing out

16 February 2017 | by David Harries | 1 comment

'In my own lifetime, and during my long association with Friends, the arts have been warmly embraced in various ways...' | Philipp Haegi / flickr CC

Afew thoughts have come to me and have combined into a prompting. I have been impressed (as usual) by the high standard of music playing and, in particular, of singing (solo, duet and choir) at the 2016 Welsh Eisteddfodau. This reflects the time and effort put in, the value attached to...

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Images of Christ: (Non)violent upheaval?

16 February 2017 | by Rowena Loverance

In selecting works for this series, I didn’t want them all to be safely immured in churches, or in museums and art galleries. But it has to be said that Christ driving the Moneychangers from the Temple hasn’t fared too well outside them. It’s down some steps...

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Beyond belief

16 February 2017 | by Reg Naulty

Hugh Mackay has written a new book, Beyond Belief: How we find meaning, with or without religion, that contains much interesting information about the current state of religion in Australia: only about eight per cent of the population, for example, go to church each week; about twenty per cent go...

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Essex girls

09 February 2017 | by Jill Allum | 1 comment

'Down in the dumps? Want cheering up?' | Patrick Slaven / flickr CC.

I’m an Essex girl And I don’t care what you think, Essex girls are great fun-makers, Jolly hockey sticks! Give us a wink!

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Out of the silence

02 February 2017 | by Rosalind Smith

There is a light that shines from Terry Waite’s new book Out of the Silence. It is the light of hope – a light that sustained him throughout his prolonged period of captivity between 1987 and 1992. He was in solitary confinement for four of these years, often chained, beaten and blindfolded,...

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Images of Christ: Twelve encounters with Jesus

FREE 26 January 2017 | by Rowena Loverance

If you live within reach of London, you have less than a month to hotfoot it round to the British Museum, and, in their ‘South Africa: The art of a nation’ exhibition, see one of the most surprising religious images of the late twentieth century.

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Images of Christ: Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

26 January 2017 | by Rowena Loverance

Close-up of ‘Christ in the House of Martha and Mary’. The full image can be found at the bottom of this article. | Scottish National Gallery via Wikimedia Commons.

Before Christmas I was lucky enough to see, in Edinburgh, Johannes Vermeer’s Christ in the House of Martha and Mary in the Scottish National Gallery. It confirmed to me the idea of this series. My choices, in selecting twelve images of Christ, are bound to be personal, so where...

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Extreme caring

19 January 2017 | by Margaret Heathfield

'Our Friend Stuart Donnan has opened his heart and his experience to us...' | Elemento Zeca / flickr CC.

Dear Beryl,’ wrote a friend to the author’s wife, ‘I hear that you have been struck down.’ Beryl had suffered a stroke. Stuart Donnan, in his new book Extreme Caring – You Have To Go On, tells the story of the sixteen years that followed, through Beryl’s subsequent illnesses...

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The Cause

19 January 2017 | by Bill Bingham

There is a cause worth fighting for, its name is Truth and Peace, Not many care to join the fight, that would see suffering cease. For this would mean compassion, from hearts grown hard and cold, Many tales abound, of course, of those who reach for gold.

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Alexander von Humboldt

12 January 2017 | by Patricia Gosling

Oil on canvas portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1843. | Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Friends who are concerned about environmental issues, and the impact we humans are having upon our planet, might be interested in a book by Andrea Wulf – The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science.

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