alleluias

This is a call to worship for those for whom this christmas comes at too much of a cost: It takes faith beyond imagining to have come to hear this story if you are living things too difficult to be made sense of by an ancient memory of angels and wise men. It takes faith…

on having conversations

a cross post from our new work website David Pargeter and I participated in some professional development a few months ago, around how we have conversations across the work environment. Fierce Conversations takes some basic principles about how healthy relationships are maintained, and applies them across a raft of conversational contexts: a coaching conversation, team…

ever after

my fingers curl around his just one last time making question marks of all the things we never had the courage to understand we delay the saying of final goodbyes we walk past the shop past the pub with its signs in the window exhorting us to dance as though no-one is watching and love…

things

A random collection of things that are filling my space Things that matter first: I’ve been working on a new website for the Commission for Mission, which can be found here. It includes a blog which tells the story of the work of the CFM and its staff. I know you’d expect me to say…

the hopeless truth

I wrote this for our Fringe Festival show, The truth and other tiny stories, but we’re not going to use it. I always wanted to believe in God. so i did what you’re meant to do: sang the hymns prayed the prayers wished for a little more proof while pretending a whole stack of certainty.…

on ideas

I don’t think I create anything. I’m really serious – I discover the ideas. […] If you understand how to think… If you have a background of graphic art, and you are a sports fan, and you’re literate, and you’re interested in politics, and you love opera, and ballet’s not bad either, and if you…

things we have power to do

[gratuitous photo from last week’s holidays that has nothing to do with this post…] I’ve been working on contextualising our staff code of conduct for people who work in a particular environment this week. The general codes of conduct that would normally apply don’t quite cover the areas we need them to, so we have…

how to be here

so this is what it means to be human knowing that not all stories of pain and love end with the happy, that sometimes this point of raw knowing – that i’m not whole without you that i need you to breathe more than i need myself to breathe – is its own end. grief…