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Month: June 2017

The Hinge

Just a quick thought about the shift in paradigm we are living through as we move from modernity to postmodernity. We are all using social media as a way of thinking our thoughts. It pops into your head and you tweet it. Then the discussion ensues. This is good and healthy. But as a public figure I often put the brakes on before I even tweet it. We live in a world of media storm. The Daily Mail, Express and The Sun are constantly looking for a headline. “Vicar says ‘bum’ shocker”. 

Are the trad media just perpetuating the ways of modernity and applying them to postmodern times?

[I may have been reading a lot of books about the transition between modernity and postmodernity. Sue me]

Abbey Royale Fontevraud

I went on a residential course a few weeks ago and one of my fellow inmates recommended Fontevraud as a place to visit. Once again the vicar is on holiday visiting ABC (another bloody church). Ruth likes to listen to the audio guide whilst I just take in the ambience. When you work in churches it can be a bit too much of a busman’s holiday to think about buttresses and gargoyles in your spare time.


I love how some ancient art incorporates the hierarchy of the institution into the scene.  That said, I hate it when the local landed gentry paid to have their face painted onto the infant Christ.  My favourite icon is in the Louvre as Christ puts his arm around St Menas.  I digress.


In the chapter room at the Abbey there are large pictures depicting aspects of the life of Christ. In many, a kneeling Benedictine Abbess is present looking on.  In the crucifixion scene, Christ is between two likely looking lads and everyone has a six pack.


Once again, Mother Superior watches on as Christ’s body is prepared for the tomb.
And when Jesus is betrayed with a kiss it isn’t much of a peck on the cheek.


Last but not least a picture of the ascension because feet disappearing into clouds never cease to amuse me.


Sorry about the dodgy exposure. Sun in the doorway.

“Religion can and must be a force for good in the world”

Rabbi Sharon Brous makes a call for hope.  She has to set up a caricature of “all religious people in the USA” in order to deconstruct it but it is interesting to see a Rabbi exploring the same kinds of things we have been saying about Emergence in Christianity.

“It is the job of our religious leaders to make people uncomfortable”.

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