Arts Articles

Covid Life

11 February 2021 | by Flo Jubb

'The world of worry. The bubble of belonging.' | Wesley McLachlan on Unsplash

The shed of shielding The igloo of isolation The desert of distance The street of space The sea of sorrow The lagoon of loneliness The world of worry The bubble of belonging The hill of hope The field of friendship

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The Scholar at Cuddesdon

04 February 2021 | by Jonathan Wooding | 1 comment

'God counting all my travails and troubles, storing them in some sort of jar...' |

I take God out of the dictionary and listen to G-d’s breathlessness. There are claims that God’s vocation is to tell of flittings.

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21 January 2021 | by Jenny Gateau

'In a fearful season, when hearts are fragile, we all need to grasp the frontiers of wonder’s possibility.' | Photo by Elias Maurer on Unsplash

What shall I send them today, I wonder, those faithful inheritors of George Fox standing silent and still on the top of Pendle Hill or up against the wall in Launceston Prison.

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31 December 2020 | by Dana Littlepage Smith

'Vectors of responsibility wiggle, billow, go plop in a puddle of resounding echoes.' | by Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash.

We gauge things differently now as we walk down the street: eyeing up personal space. A man whose dreads unfurl, mouths his thanks for the room I make as he legs it past me.

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Poetry for Christmas

17 December 2020 | by Rainbows Children’s Meeting and RV Bailey

Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash. |

‘Asylum seekers’ Poem by Rainbows Children’s Meeting Mother and child are fleeing in the night.    The brutal soldiers search for them behind,        And in the sky ahead, the stars are bright.        The tired donkey follows Joseph’s light,  ...

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The counsel of trees

10 December 2020 | by Dana Littlepage Smith

'...into the green burn of silence, the about to happen...' | by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.

Live adventurously. When choices arise, do you take the way that offers the fullest opportunity for the use of your gifts in the service of God and the community ? Let your life speak. When decisions have to be made, are you ready to join with others in seeking clearness, asking...

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Poem: Rare Bird, a glosa for RS Thomas

03 December 2020 | by Philip Gross

'Watching you is like watching the sea.' |

Grey waters, vast           as an area of prayer that one enters. Daily           over a period of years I have let the eye rest on them. Was I waiting for something?                     ...

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The heart and the hour

05 November 2020 | by Angela Arnold

'At the start, it’s no more than a fist' | by Alexandru Acea on Unsplash.

At the start, it’s no more than a fist, doing that opening, shutting, pumping business.

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What lies ahead

29 October 2020 | by Anne M Jones

'Permitted, but risky is a bus ride. I take my familiar 172.' | by Ant Rozetsky on Unsplash.

Mashed into the last summer sunshine cold wind, a paper-cut barb Hints at winter ahead. Though told that warmth would banish this virus it hovers still, a vulture that threatens our fresh horizons Corralls us back into our cups Of joys, miseries and memories.

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Ground zero

15 October 2020 | by Jonathan Wooding

'...building a meeting-house from open air...' | by Valentin Petkov on Unsplash.

Rain is all mist without fall, and mottled with grey motions, the sky. There’s a sea-roar in that fruitless sycamore, and eucalyptus leads the cheer, throwing jackdaws in streaming perichoresis about a pale, unblooded sky.

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