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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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Black Mamba sleeps With a killer bite Poison tongued intentions Spitting his spite Lingering death amusement Fun in ferocious fear On the very edge of hell You take him away from here To the lies and the spit The slaps... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(photo: Elizabeth Hanna) Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy will be my first ever attempt at preaching from Leviticus. What do you reckon... in the middle of all this purification from messy body fluids... there is a political manifesto that our... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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In the recent round of election interviews Arlene Foster has been asked about why she didn’t take up Martin McGuinness’s suggestion that as First Minister and Deputy First Minister they should have attended both a Northern Ireland and Republic Of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Corrymeela & Clonard/Fitzroy Fellowship present: OUR POLITICAL PARTIES ON RECONCILIATION Sunday February 19th, 2017 at 7pm Fitzroy Presbyterian Church (use Rugby Road entrance) As elections loom we are keen to make sure that reconciliation in our community is at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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(very honoured to have this article published on http://eamonnmallie.com) The 4 Corners Festival set out five years ago to get people out of their corners of Belfast and find new geography, new perspective and new friends. We were keen to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I was gutted to hear of the death of Robert Fisher on February 12th. Robert was a founding member of Willard Grant Conspiracy. I fell in love with their gentle ambience and Flannery O’Connor haunted songs when my friend Gordon... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Leviticus 19 is this week’s Old Testament reading in the Revised Common Lectionary for Sunday coming. It sits alongside Matthew 5: 38-48; the “love your neighbour” passage. As I read this Leviticus pericope, in the American Standard Version, I couldn’t... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I got to know Nichola Mallon when she was Lord Mayor of Belfast. I quickly came to admire her, a courageous, honest and warm Lord Mayor. She shared her faith with gentleness and deep conviction. She sought out the unsung... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Van Morrison has been often labeled a grumpy man. Much as I understand his gruff public persona attracting such a caricature, I believe that it is lazy judgement. I honestly believe that Sir Van is a very shy individual and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Grace is our great Christian gem stone. It is the most precious word of all. God loves us as we are and actually doesn’t just talk about his love but comes to earth and lives and dies and is resurrected... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Belfast Our Wounded and Wonderful City Lord, we give thanks Indeed we worship you, the Creator God As we gaze and often take for granted The wondrous beauty of our city Cavehill in the north Belfast Lough caressing the East... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (10am) in Fitzroy is the 4 Corners Festival Radio Service. It is at 10.15 and you need in your seat for 10am. It will be transmitted live on BBC Radio Ulster. Some of Fitzroy's top musicians will lead... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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For almost ten years I have been inspired by the Amish people and their remarkable ability to love their enemies and forgive. The everyday ordinariness of the Amish people’s extraordinary forgiveness came to my attention at the time of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I remember when I moved to live in Dublin in 1991 seeing signs for Eaglais Presbyterian Church and not knowing that congregation at all. There were lots of signs to Eaglais but it was obviously the Presbyterian one that most... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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STORIES, SONGS AND POEMS OF WOUNDS AND WONDER with JAN CARSON, NA LEANAÍ, HANNAH MCPHILLIMY & JIM DEEDS Saturday Feb 11th 7:30pm The Hub 22 Elmwood Avenue BT9 On the first Friday of 4CF17 we had Iain Archer singing songs... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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(this is a benediction that I wrote for the end of a poem way back in 1990 or so... the poem was called Bigger Picture and very much influenced by watching Dances With Wolves... anyway we used it right at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) we are asking if God is not listening or seeing our piety and then the light dawns. The invite it out to partner with God. What does that look like? Can we just pray and leave it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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photo: Gary Burnett Well the first open event at 2017’s 4 Corners Festival was everything we had dreamed that it might be… and a little bit more! The choice of Iain Archer to launch the Festival was not to do... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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(a collection of thoughts that others have shared or I have pondered since my mother's death) I’m the reed by the lough shore That suddenly swishes and sways The deep fibres ripped from root And all that I know gives... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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“Your place it just gives me the creeps when I come over Cos your talk is the talk of ghosts I missed what you said, it kept on disappearing And slamming the open doors And now that I don't come... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Dan Donovan, no not the one one from Big Audio Dynamite, but the one from the Fens, whose dad was a Welsh preacher, is an artist of unique imagination. He will openly cite Tom Waits and Bob Dylan as his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Healing a Wounded City with Trevor Morrow and Brian McKee Sunday 5th February 7:00pm Venue St Theresa’s 135 Glen Road, BT11 When I consider those who have had most influence on my life, Trevor Morrow is right at the top... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Bono won Woman of the Year at the Glamour Awards in the USA. He was awarded it for his work on the Poverty Is Sexist campaign. In his speech he suggested how ludicrous that it was that he should win... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I am deeply saddened by the news this morning that St. Patrick’s Church on Donegall Street had had an arson attack. As a society seeking a way out of our sectarian past it is vital that we condemn in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Yes, Vanessa. Courage had me thinking big and butch and strong acts of rescue… knights in shining armour… but then I thought again… There’s a Deacon Blue song called Is There No Way Back To You? that has the lines:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE