Winchester: Space for Peace, 27th January

A CHORAL event at Winchester Cathedral to promote peace is being held next Wednesday (January 27). Organised by the city’s university, it aims to bring together several choirs and a host of musical styles from across the globe. Professor June Boyce-Tillman will lead the interfaith event, and it follows on from a similar concert at the cathedral in early 2009. The performers will tackle a range of motets, hymns, religious songs, chants and music from Continue Reading →

Week 10: Live By Priorities

Linvoy Primus and Israel Oyelumade with me in Winchester Cathedral at the end of the series. The Main Thing J John started right in with the worm/talking parrot joke, to remind us to “Remember that the main thing is to ensure that the main thing is the main thing!” 9 Weeks Gone The video spun us through the previous 9 weeks, with Week 1 reminding us not to covet “most people want just a bit Continue Reading →

Week 9: Know God

Do Christians Think? “I can’t believe in anything I can’t understand” says one student to J John. On discovering that he studied agriculture, J John asked: “So, explain to me, how a black cow eats green grass and produces white milk”… Many people think that Christians don’t think because we don’t think the way they expect us to think… [but we truly question what we believe, what’s the point in believing in something if it Continue Reading →

Week 8: Take God Seriously

What does your name mean? It’s your identity! What do people think of when they say your name? Names are often trademarked, and there are laws regarding defamation, where it’s illegal to attack someone’s reputation. How would you like to be remembered? Will Lunn-Rockliffe David Williams had a great interview with Will, who is a bit of an adventurer – he doesn’t sit around thinking about things, he does them! God meets us where we’re Continue Reading →

Week 7: "Catch Your Breath"

Catch Your Breath/Take Time out to Smell the Roses The modern day equivalent of “You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy” can be “take time out to smell the roses”! The Entertainer This week, Gary Grant, who owns “The Entertainer” toy stores across the UK was interviewed about his decision to keep his shops shut on a Sunday (setting aside the Christian aspect, Sunday is an important day for families, felt it was Continue Reading →

Week 6; Keep the Peace With Your Parents

Opening Joke Something along the lines of (same, same, but different!): Dear Mum I thought I had better write to you about a couple of problems I’m having at school this term. Last week half of the boarding house burned down. But don’t worry too much because I’m now living in a flat in the village. I’m living with Frank the plumber. There’s no need to worry, he’s very nice, in fact I’m three months Continue Reading →

Raaaaaaaaaaaarghhh: “Managing Our Anger” (J John: Week 5)

Are you angry?Are you “temperamental”: 50% temper; 50% mental? The opening video demonstrated how violence starts in the heart/mind… with one vegan declaring “I can’t even kill an animal, why would I kill someone!” I did wonder if anyone would admit to wanting to murder on camera, although one got close… depending on how far he was pushed/how drunk he was… to which J John added, difficult fights break out amongst those who both think Continue Reading →

Winchester Cathedral: My Second Home?

Been spending a lot of time at Winchester Cathedral at the moment… on Friday night, I was there for “The Big Sleep Out” (which I’d probably rename the Big Rough Out as it didn’t involve a whole lot of sleep! The photo above is of me looking like the Michelin woman, Charly strapped into her sleeping bag, and Amanda well prepared with plastic sheeting! The event was officially running on a wet weather plan inside Continue Reading →