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Stocki
Belfast
I am the minister of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast, N. Ireland, author of Walk On; The Spiritual Journey of U2, and blog on where my faith and culture meets...
Interests: Jesus, where art and faith inter connect, music, peace and reconciliation, social justice, sport...
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Maybe music needed Donald Trump! Whatever you say about him, he has given us a year of the most weighty music, content wise, in a long time. Brexit might have helped a little too! World On Sticks is Sam Phillips’... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will try again! Last week's service was so jam packed with goodness that we did not have time for the sermon. So we will be looking at MONEY! The Lectionary takes us into the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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My favourite Tom Petty moment, and I have blogged it before is when during his 30th Anniversary Concert with The Heartbreakers in Gainesville (available on Runnin' Down a Dream - A Film by Peter Bogdanovich 4 Disc Boxset) he covers... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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This week's theme was Changing Directions... It was a fun day. I were in Cape Town and though it was South African winter in July, it was sunny. I was with my family and some of my Chaplaincy staff. We... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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There was an American girl. She came to Queens University while I was a Chaplain. She was doing a dissertation on Sport and Reconciliation in Ireland. I thought she was a chancer. She was doing Sports Studies and wanted a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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This is one of the prayers that member of Fitzroy, Barbara Dass, prayed as our Sunday service prayers. It is so good I asked Barbara permission to blog. I have broken it into 3 parts... this is part 3 Thanksgiving... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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art: World Literature Map by Dave Freeburn This is one of the prayers that member of Fitzroy, Barbara Dass, prayed as our Sunday service prayers. It is so good I asked Barbara permission to blog. I have broken it into... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
On the day that the President is reported to be saying stupid things about Global warming I was immediately drawn back to this song from Sam Phillips wonderful new record World On Sticks. American Landfill Kings couldn't be a better... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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This is one of the prayers that member of Fitzroy, Barbara Dass, prayed as our Sunday service prayers. It is so good I asked Barbara permission to blog. I have broken it into 3 parts... Our God the LORD is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be looking at MONEY! The Lectionary takes us into the heart, literally, of the Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10 and the heart of the nation in Amos 5. Can't Buy Me Love... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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A Star Is Born is a molotov cocktail of emotion that explodes on landing in your heart at various moments. Tears seeped out of my eyes and sneaked down my cheek on more than one occasion. The power comes in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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Since a panel discussion at last year’s 4 Corners Festival I have been surmising on what forgiveness is. In the summer I read Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s book Kintu that takes us through a few centuries in a Ugandan family. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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The Clonard-Fitzroy Fellowship invites you to Thrive Ireland’s Lessons from Rwanda: Biblical Reflections for the Church in Northern Ireland with Derek Poole and Diane Holt November 4th and 25th at 7.00pm Fitzroy, 77 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HL As we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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We take birthdays very seriously in the Stocki household. They are special days. We’ll all eat out together and actually Janice and I will try to have lunch out too. We don’t eat out much other than birthdays so we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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My wife laughed when I told her that this week’s theme was “my greatest weakness”. Oh my could she could wax lyrical on that subject. And she often does. Losing my keys every morning, which I truthfully believe is in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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God, give us a confidence in you But give us grace to keep us from arrogance God, give us a strength of conviction But let us share it humbly God may we believe courageously But help us carry it gently... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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Jules Maxwell is a quiet wonder of an artist. He’s not usually in the front preferring to play behind the likes of Iain Archer or Brian Houston, write with Foy Vance and Lisa Gerrard, tour with Dead Can Dance and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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It was February 1998 and it caught up on me unawares. I had gotten off the tube at St John’s Wood Station and walked down Acacia Road. I had no preconceived thoughts or anticipation about what was about to happen.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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Deacon Blue singer, and indeed BBC Broadcaster, Ricky Ross tells a story about a dog that he watched on Byers Road in Glasgow. Ricky says that the dog caught his attention and as he watched it, it ran across the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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Rod Stewart is not exactly endearing himself to the Unionist community of Northern Ireland. Of course as a Celtic fan he hasn’t been for some years. His new album, however, crosses a line. He has an Irish rebel song right... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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On days like these I often turn to this poem by El Gruer from her book The Paper Sky. El wrote it for Japan. Tonight it is for Indonesia. We can become desensitised by the constant news stories. Let us... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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You are born And before you know it Your parents throw you a skittle Catch it Expectations of being like them Thinking like them Wearing what they think, to be respectable Meeting their dreams Finding a secure future in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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Here are the albums that I have been most listening to in September... BLUE RODEO - THE THINGS WE LEFT BEHIND Blue Rodeo are a Canadian band that should be known better outside their native Canada than they are. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy the Lectionary takes us into the wilderness. We will be journeying with the Children of Israel as they seek to live between slavery and the Promised Land. They are starting to grumble and the question... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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I love those extra tracks that my favourite artist releases and spent my youth making cassette tapes of these extra tracks. In the past few weeks I started collecting Paul McCartney's extra tracks. I finally put them together in this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE