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howard
Interests: Things that make me think - technology, music, culture and theology, movies, preparing worship, prayer. Things that help me think - music, photography, running in the woods, prayer, silence.
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We woke in Gulu, one of the northern towns in Uganda. Gulu has a population of over 150,000, making it comparable with somewhere like Bath but somehow it felt at once both smaller and yet more populace with a mix of both metalled and dirt roads and a hugely greater... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at a pilgrimage of sorts
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...because we left the taps running for a hundred years.... The Gorillaz song 'Pirate Jet' was on my mind for much of the trip around Uganda. We crossed the bridge over the Nile at Karuma, and almost immediately on the left were the first baboons of the trip that I'd... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at a pilgrimage of sorts
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We had been together now for enough days for a routine to have developed. As we headed towards our beds (in whatever form they might be that night) a discussion started as Chris, our leader, carefully raised the topic of wake up time. We knew, therefore, that as we woke... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at a pilgrimage of sorts
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We are up and about before the sun again. Lemach had told us of his plan to mark our visit by Alan, Francis and myself planting a sapling at the top of the field to commemorate our stay. There was a profound stillness and silence as we stood watching the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at a pilgrimage of sorts
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After our walk around the School our party crossed the road and followed a footpath through the houses and into the trees behind. Several paths joined the one we were on, and we were led to the recently installed village water pump. This was clearly quite a social hub to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at a pilgrimage of sorts
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We were up at 6 the next morning, sharing a final breakfast with Andrew and his family. We drive across the city again to Michael's to collect the rest of the team and then, once fully packed into the two Toyota Hiace vans, we headed north on the main Masindi-Kampala... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at a pilgrimage of sorts
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Thea spoke on Isaiah 40:1-11 and reflected on our lives in God as a landscape. (image of paper taken from https://pkgam.deviantart.com/art/Crumpled-Paper-Texture-429242491) Download 4 Feb 18 Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at ChadTalks
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With apologies for the noisy audio (the lapel mic was plugged into the wrong socket), but Steve spoke on Epiphany and shared his own story, and let us look at his office chair. Download 21 Jan 18 Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at ChadTalks
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We had an early alarm call after enjoying Andrew and Evelyn's hospitality for the night. We had a 90 minute drive to get to our scheduled trip out onto the Mabamba Swamp. We were going to meet Sherry Mckelvie, a photographer who has produced the definitive book on Ugandan birds.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at a pilgrimage of sorts
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After a long day travelling, and our first night under mosquito nets, we opted for a late breakfast. We were joined by Trevor and Francis, who had been in western Uganda working with some hospital facilities. We spent some time in the shade next to the pool discussing our cameras... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
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It is difficult to think of a worse time for the alarm to be set for than 2am, but this was the moment I had been looking forward to since mid-November when the plans for the trip came together and we bought our tickets. I was really excited about my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
If you want to find the story of our 2012 trip across France and Italy then go to the welcome post for those blog entries. There is now a second story to add, my trip to Uganda in 2018. I wrote a daily journal of our travels and took almost... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
Thea spoke this morning leading up to us saying the Methodist Covenant Prayer together. I am no longer my own but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at ChadTalks
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We looked at the very short, original account of the first Easter morning from Mark 16. Operator error meant that I did not record what I said, but you can Download Home group notes 26 Nov 17 Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at ChadTalks
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We looked at Hebrews 12:2 as a way of getting into the waiting and preparation of the season of Advent. Download Sunday 3 Dec 17 This is the video version of the reading we used... ...and this is the Jamaican Bobsleigh team crashing out at the Calgary Winter Olympics. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at ChadTalks
Becky spoke on Sunday evening about the crucifixion and how that can be victory. She referred to Kelly Holmes winning gold in Athens in 2004, and you can watch the video clip here (and Kelly's wide-eyed joy at winning). We read Mark 15:16-32, but it is important have Psalm 22... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at ChadTalks
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We are almost at the end of our walk through Mark and I spoke on chapter 14, verses 3 to 11 and the story of the woman anointing Jesus at Bethany. You can read Mark 14:3-11 here, and listen to what I said Download Sunday 12 Nov 17. There are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at ChadTalks
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Not one, but two takes on Mark 11:1-11; in the morning we had Steve looking at Jesus (Royalty with a capital 'R') and in the evening Lisselle spoke about how the disciples responded with obedience in that same passage. Steve referred to Zechariah 9:9-10 which looked forward to the Triumphal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at ChadTalks
We looked at Mark 8:14-21 and made bread during the service! These are the Home Group notes Download 15 10 17 Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at ChadTalks
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We read Mark 7:1-23 and Psalm 66. Download Home group notes 8 Oct 17 Download Sunday 8 Oct 17 Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at ChadTalks
Continuing through Mark's Gospel, Jacquie spoke on Mark 6:1-6. Her notes are attached. Download 1.10.17 Mark 6 Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at ChadTalks
Tuesday Fellowship marked its 43rd anniversary this week and I was invited to speak about 'Fellowship'. We read Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 and Psalm 133. Download Sunday 1 Oct 17 Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at ChadTalks
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We continue in Mark and we looked at chapter 2 verses 1 to 12. The Home Group notes are here Download Home group notes 10 Sep 17 and the audio here Download Sunday 10 Sep 17 Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at ChadTalks
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We continued our series on Jesus according to Mark with a different perspective on Mark 1:1-13. The audio for the talk is here Download Sunday 3 Sep 17 pm Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at ChadTalks
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We read Mark 1:1-13 and Steve introduced our theme for the coming months - Jesus, according to Mark. Home group notes are at the back of Church, and can be downloaded here Download 3 09 17 The audio is here Download Sunday 3 Sep 17 am Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at ChadTalks