Archive for the ‘culture’ Category

Fresh* back from Greenbelt and I thought I would blog some thought and ideas about what we got up to. (And who knows, maybe this heralds a return to more regular blogging…). Way back in the past, the Greenbelt Worship team asked if we (the park life collective) would be interested in running a graffiti […]

If I was in control, I mean really in control, there would be chapters of my life that I would not have lived. I just would not have let them happen. I am not going to bother spelling these chapters out, but I am certain we have all lived similar experiences: death, failure, illness and so […]

I am at work today. While I kind of get the reason behind a day of action, I do struggle with it in a much wider context. So to those who are standing up for themselves, all credit to you. I am just grateful that neither I nor my children are forced to work for less […]



A while back now, as we exited a season of Lent, I blogged some reflections of a community lent walk in our local park. In that post, I used the term ‘park theology’ and now, in an exciting, post-reductionist move, we have coined the term ‘parkology’! We will be blogging here, hopefully as a collective, […]

I took this photo at the beginning of a Lenten journey I went on with some friends. Every night we were present in our local pleasure ground, talking, thinking and praying. I didn’t make it every night, but those I did were good. It was quite hard explaining to people at work that I had not given […]

A while back, quite a while back actually, church was this thing I learnt to understand as something that helped keep us out of the world. Now, I realise that might sound a little strange, but indulge me. ‘Being in the world but not of it’ was a phrase  I heard a lot as I […]

A while back, when I was on my home from ETech, actually, more precisely, I was on the train back to San Francisco airport I sat with a couple of people who had also been at ETech. One of them, John Sundman (or @jsundmanus) was an interesting chap, and an author. He gave me one of […]

Working and researching in a setting where self-harm is everyday talk means it certainly emphasises the brokenness of the world. I often think about how the story of the Bible interacts with the stories of self-harm. the organisation TWLOHA has a beautiful and profound message: You were created to love and be loved.  You were meant […]

After what feels like an age of planning, Saturday eventually rolled round. Saturday was party day. A good friend and neighbour, whose birthday is almost the the same day as mine decided that it would be fun to use the bowling club. I really think Owain has harboured an ambition to become championship bowler, but […]

This week I am working away on my MSc dissertation, Suicide and the Media.  The reading, literature searching, reviewing is hard work, but a lot of fun. I sometimes wonder if my mind can expand to cope with and assimilate all the things I am learning! Today, in one paper I read this: Members of […]