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Micha jazz
Portsmouth
Mediation, Training, Collaborative Conversation and Personal, Social & Spiritual Development
Interests: music, spirituality, community, friendship, birdwatching, soccer, cricket, antiquity, pilgrimage, syriac, marginalised, evangelicals
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'My recovery is not complete until I help to heal the society that made me sick.' Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at friarmike
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LEARNING Well I am now on the final furlong in my journey of training as a Spiritual Director. I am enjoying a diverse group of women and men learning at the feet of the Franciscans in Canterbury. The last year... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at friarmike
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In a week in which government ministers have sought to ‘advise’ us, their electorate, about how we ‘ought’ to organise our lives in the purchase of petrol, we had all discovered that election to state office is not synonymous with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at friarmike
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The Contemplative Network seeks to motivate and mobilise followers of Jesus to be “Rich in Mercy” (Ephesians 2:4). Here is a great guest blog from Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. A God of Mercy The first members of the human race had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2012 at friarmike
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..as Joni Mitchell reminded us in idealistic innocence, ‘We’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden’. Best of luck with that! Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at friarmike
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...we must remember that every individual deserves to be enabled to know themselves and live from within, otherwise they become dependent upon others... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at friarmike
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This is the all important question raised by God in serach of his first human companions. However, this couple had tasted a fresh fruit - that of self realisation - and now discovered for themselves self consciousness. First consequence -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at friarmike
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This is the all important question raised by God in serach of his first human companions. However, this couple had tasted a fresh fruit - that of self realisation - and now discovered for themselves self consciousness. First consequence -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at friarmike
Where is my next mea? Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at friarmike
Dealing with disappointment Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at friarmike
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I have decided to embrace 14 October each year as katey day. It is the day that she quietly slipped her moorings and set sail on the translucent eternal ocean that is God’s liquid love. This year I visited Quarr... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2011 at friarmike
Thanks, Martin. I understand from Chris you are UK bound soon. Be glad to catch up if there is any moment in your visit. Blessings MJ.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2011 on A Time to Speak at friarmike
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It is significant that those who lead our nation appear to have more answers than questions. This worries me. I would feel a lot safer with more questioning and the creation of an open space for conversation. The dialogue might... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2011 at friarmike
Thanks. The journey gets the more exciting the more uncertain it becomes. God alone leads us and I for one am both enjoying and struggling with the ride!
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2011 on A Time to Speak at friarmike
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Following my first week long silent retreat, I knew that I was required to be silent. Hence no blogs for a while. The silent - or directed - retreat took place at the Carmelite Friary in Aylesford in Kent. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2011 at friarmike
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One wonders where the avalanche which is the Murdoch meltdown will end. The very media that Murdoch has championed and fed himself from has now perhaps turned to strike him back. 24/7 reporting has created a voracious appetite amongst news... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at friarmike
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I was unwinding in the hot and heavily scented water of my bath the other evening. I literally felt the stress flowing out of my muscles. It was sheer delight and wanton luxury. However, lest I offend a hapless reader... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at friarmike
I have safely and recently arrived back from the USA. A trip with various objectives. Principal amongst these was to participate in a Silence and Solitude retreat led by a very dear friend, Jeff Pratt. As many will know, I... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at friarmike
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It was a fine evening last night. I set out for a walk around my beloved Southsea just as the daylight was slowly ebbing away. Its departure heralded the arrival of dusk, that strange in between time when darkness gently... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at friarmike
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This title is taken from a booklet written by my good friend Laurence Singlehurst. For many years he has dedicated his thinking to the issue of how the historic Christian faith might once more become an attractive consideration for a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at friarmike
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With every day that dawns, when at home I emerge from my nightly rest, complete a Shalom Compass exercise, breakfast the friary community and see them into their day before heading off for a walk. Accompanying me has been my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at friarmike
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Richard Rohr states that, “A good journey begins with knowing where we are and being willing to go somewhere else”. I came across this quote this morning and immediately the lights went on. I know that my struggle over recent... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at friarmike
Hi Rog, Thanks for that. I can recast it in terms of the fact that I am hoping that my statement indicates just how dangerous it is when we leave decisions - either by default or through passivity - to the decision making powers of the few (cabinet) or, as in Mubarak's case, quite simply the power of one! I feel true democratic approaches empower and enable the widest number of voices to participate, however to my surprise and sadness 'we the people' often collaborate unwittingly in such minority decision taking.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2011 on Egypt Chooses at friarmike
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Choice is a highly valued activity. In the west we take a high view over freedom of choice. Indeed many perceive it to lie at the very heart of our democratic process. Yet freedom to choose is itself often subject... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at friarmike
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Perhaps the title suggests the ongoing discussion surrounding the level of immigration and the experience of migrants within these islands of ours. However, I want to reflect upon how one born and raised in England finds himself experiencing the sense... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at friarmike