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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 looked at Exodus 9:1-12, part way through the story of the plagues, and asked ourselves 'there came a point of no return for Pharaoh…why?'. We also looked at Hebrews 3:7-19 to see that it wasn't just Pharaoh who had a track record of being stiff-necked. Download Home Group notes... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at ChadTalks
Steve led us to think about the time it took for Moses to grow into the leader he was. We read Exodus 2:11-3:17. Download 03 06 18 and Download A formed leader Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at ChadTalks
Steve kicked off our series on Exodus telling us about blessing and the Kingdom using Genesis 17:1-22 and Exodus 1:1-22. Download 27.05.18 Home Group Notes and Download A people of blessing Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at ChadTalks
We are planning to start a series looking at the book of Exodus after Pentecost, so I have started mapping out some of my ideas on my blog here. I will be adding more posts in the coming weeks, so have a read if you would find it helpful. In... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at ChadTalks
We are planning to start a series looking at the book of Exodus after Pentecost, so I have started mapping out some of my ideas on my blog here. I will be adding more posts in the coming weeks, so have a read if you would find it helpful. In... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at ChadTalks
I spoke at St Chad's Church on Palm Sunday, using my reflection and photographs from the Uganda trip as a way of unpacking how my Lent had been this year. The easiest way of synchronising the audio and the images seemed to be to make a video. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
Would you go again? Yes, er..no..er, maybe. It's complicated... Yes, I would go again. I felt tremendously privileged to be given such access to an amazing country and people, not least because of the contacts made possible by those in and around our group. Other than the last few days... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
I spoke about how my trip to Uganda at the end of January shaped my personal journey through Lent and what that meant to me as I considered Palm Sunday this year. The easiest way I found to show the images and text simultaneously was to make a video. Hopefully... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at ChadTalks
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Our final day and another early start. We needed to be back at Paraa for the ferry so we left Pakuba by 6:45. The ferry does some early runs for workers and then closes until the tourists arrive. We needed to be on the road and get some miles under... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
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Inevitably, our last full day of photography had to come around. I joined the early trip out so that I might finally get to use the large tripod I had brought with me and try some of my graduated filters so I could get a good sunrise shot. Walter directed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
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It had been a hot and sticky night with little movement of air. I was aware of Alan getting up to go on the early morning sunrise and game drive trip, but I couldn't muster the energy to get up and needed some space to sort my bags and clothes.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
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Becky spoke on Sunday evening on John 12:20-33 and Psalm 51:1-13. We each had been given a scallop shell to hold whilst she spoke. She also referred to her picture of an oak tree. Download Sunday 18 Mar 18 pm Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at ChadTalks
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Our final morning in Gulu and we ate early to be able to pack the vans and be on the road for 7:30. We were heading west to the Murchison Falls National Park. We had already entered this park on its eastern edge when we stopped on the way up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
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Previously, I had tried to summarise my reflections as far as the end of our first day in the town of Gulu, approximately half way through our visit to Uganda. In the eight posts prior to this one, I have written about my record of a single day - the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
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After talking with the group of women, we walked further into the block in the camp, and down to a brick built dwelling which had been put up for elderly or disabled refugees. Here we met Opi. We gathered in his main room and he had a bedroom behind a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
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When we spoke to her daughter Jocelyn, Betty had been 7 km away cutting long grass for roofing and insulation. One bundle of the grass takes about an hour to cut, and it required 30 bundles to roof a round house. They also need to buy bamboo to make the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
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Mary came from the village of Opari in Pageri County. Initially, when asked about her life in South Sudan she replied that she was too traumatised to talk about her family. She left Opari and headed to Pageri after all her property was taken by soldiers. She then set out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
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Hannah spoke for Mothering Sunday using two texts; 1 Samuel 1:20-end and Luke 2:36-38. This is the photo she refers to... ...and here is the audio Download 11 Mar 18 Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at ChadTalks
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Margaret, pictured here with her daughter Madoong Gift, lived in Pageri but she moved because of the war. Civilians were continuing to be killed and soldiers were, as she put it, “grambling” - taking property by force. She had seen people start to move south to Uganda; they were not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
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Jocelyn is from Nimule and arrived in the Pagirinya Refugee Camp in July 2016. Nimule is a large town just north of the Ugandan border, so she has been in a refugee camp for 18 months only 25 km from her home. She travelled south to the Ugandan border in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
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In the novel 'Miss Smilla's feeling for snow', Peter Høeg describes his heroine's sense of dislocated exile; a Greenlander living in Denmark... to travel you have to have a home to leave and come back to. Otherwise you are a refugee. In her history of the conflicts in Uganda through... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
Steve spoke about Deuteronomy and a little more about abiding and temptation. We watch a YouTube clip to begin with... Download Sunday 4 Mar 18 pm Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at ChadTalks
Thea spoke for Tearfund Sunday, referring to John 6:1-35 Download Sunday 4 Mar 18 am Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at ChadTalks
The Republic of South Sudan came into being on the 9th July 2011. At the time, I was in the Diocese of Salisbury and there was much cause of celebration and optimism. We enjoyed a strong link with Sudanese Christians, and had been hugely aware therefore of the problems in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at a pilgrimage of sorts
Lisselle spoke to us on last Sunday around the episode in Mark 8:31-end where Jesus spoke about his suffering and death. We had no home group notes, as we are using the 40 stories of Hope material as our Lent Course. Download 25 Feb 18 Lisselle pointed us especially in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at ChadTalks