Nicola Coombe writes: I grew up in apartheid-laden South Africa, where misogynistic and xenophobic religious ideas informed violent law-making and terrible suffering. The archetypes of religion, governance, and leadership were in my face. I loathed and feared. In contrast, I breathed hope from the diamond-like resilience of those that refused to accept this reality. The…

Razia Aziz writes: How is it that, so often in ministry, when a shock leaves you reeling and uncertain about the ground upon which you stand, at that very moment you are called to rise above the wreckage and offer a profound and humbling service? So it was with the funeral of Inayat Hafiz*, a…

Nicola Coombe writes: My eye caught on something white in the river alongside our boat yesterday. A dead swan, intertwined in an uprooted floating tree. The image sits heavy and stagnant in my body in silence this morning. Its grim stillness and semi-submersion seems to hold a space for the truly terrible suffering in our…

  Nicola Coombe writes: I was in Dublin on that extremely strange day after the UK’s Brexit vote, grateful to have a creative purpose leading an event to introduce our training to potential applicants. These events are attended by amazing people who are seriously seeking ‘something’. Some have words for it; some have eyes that…

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Nicola Coombe writes: Did you see, or hear about, the red liquid altar at last year’s ordination? It shocked me. Too late to change or protest, there it was. A huge glass bowl of dark red liquid, in the middle of the altar. That moment – not in control, somewhat freaked out, now even more…

Nicola Coombe writes:  I often listen to the radio in the car after dropping my son Lucien at school. On Wednesday last week, on Radio 4, an Iranian woman being given temporary refugee residence in Sweden was the brief focus. The issue discussed drove a stake through my heart. By the evening I felt quite…

Nicola Coombe writes: Ministers’ requests for local, affordable and intimate ways of connecting have seeded an experimental format for Convocation 2016. Fabulous ideas are also brewing for our “We are 21!” Convocation 2017. 2016: A CONSTELLATION OF CONVOCATIONS: INVITATION TO HOST A “CLOSE TO HOME” CONVOCATION Instead of a single gathering, lets co-create a series…

Nicola Coombe writes:  It takes serious courage to choose this path. It takes the vulnerability, yes of fools, to take any path that affirms that the Presence of Life is, at core, whole, free, and emergent. In the past weeks I am more able to say out loud, to write it here, that this path…

Holy Fools and Rough Surfaces “What is a touchstone??” asked Alexandra and Lilli as we shivered around our Touchstone conference-call candle on Tuesday night. Whilst dreaming into future Convocations, and with thanks to the internet (I was going to say google ….), we read that a touchstone is the voice of ‘the holy fool’ who…

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