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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, social justice, sport...
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“That’s the way to do ministry,” my wife said as we descended the steps of Belfast City Hall. We had just left the then Lord Mayor, Belfast’s leader. I too was impressed by what I had seen but I was... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
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4 Corners Feast 2015 As part of this year’s 4 Corners Festival, we have organised another Feast! Hosted by the Lord Mayor, Nichola Mallon, and once again prepared by Root Soup, this year’s 4 Corners Feast will be for Refugees... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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An act of generosity appeared in Belfast city centre this past weekend and was quickly removed by the City Council. Someone erected an emergency sleeping shelter, a wooden box for homeless people to find some protection from the wind and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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The Arts in Northern Ireland have been taking a battering for some time. Cuts have been tough, Festivals have been under threat, we almost lost the Ulster Orchestra and now we are hearing that the government department Dept of Culture,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(this article from 2007 came to mind as I head to Dublin to do an evening of Reflections on U2..) Cathleen Falsani from the Chicago Sun has been doing an article on Bono and his faith for Christianity Today and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Two things yesterday had me surmising this old poem, part of which is my most used poem. The first thing was a photograph on Facebook, which sadly I cannot find 24 hours on, that showed how tiny the earth was... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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I was struck by a photograph in Mojo magazine. It was the taken at the event that made Van Morrison a free man of Belfast city. That in itself is a thrill for us Belfast folk but it was what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Today is Martin Luther King Day. It is a day that inspires all kinds of provocative quotations to be shared on Facebook, Twitter and wherever else we can. I wondered what I would blog for the day and found this.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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There are phrase that the preacher uses that stick, that are repeated, that can become imbedded in lives and communities. Just a few words that can carry a sermon or a theological idea or a mission statement into people’s minds... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be looking at the story and our part in it. Steve will be baptising little Tom Arnold and explaining this Covenant story and symbol of grace, so wonderfully expressed in infant baptism where... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Here is a quick glance at the 4 Corners Festival programme... Perfect for those Church bulletins... 4 CORNERS FESTIVAL 2015 - January 29th - February 8th 20 ARTISTS: RELIGION and SPIRITUALITY January 29th to February 8th, at Duncairn Centre for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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On Sunday morning in Fitzroy we prayed for the families of those murdered, in what has become known as the Charlie Hebdo Shootings, and the people of Paris and France as they came to terms with those very frightening days... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Imagine there’s no heaven But what John if there is A putting right of every wrong Not some ethereal bliss What if swords turned into ploughshares And people loved their neighbour What if everyone had their own vine To shelter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon will host the launch of the annual 4 Corners Festival on Friday 23 January at 11 am in the Mayor’s Parlour at Belfast City Hall. Now in its third year, the events of this year’s festival... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I met Tim Wheeler on a transatlantic flight a few years ago. As we disembarked I said hi and asked him when he was going to make a record that I would have to buy. Well, believe me, Wheeler can’t... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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It was one of those, sadly too many, news events that I will never forget. Another shooting in America, this time in a small school house in the Amish community of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Five children dead and five injured.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy I will be starting a short series on Luke Chapter 15. It is best known for the parable of the Prodigal Son but that is part of a series of lost stories where we see... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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The first journey up to visit my friend Fr Martin Magill in his Presbytery house beside St. Oliver Plunkett Church in Lenadoon was a revelation. When I turned left at Asda on Kennedy Way it was like driving through a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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(photo: Gordon Ashbridge) I loved my Mission Trips to Cape Town in the zeros or the naughties or whatever we called that first decade of the century. Yet, every time I went we were very aware of security. South Africa... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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PERFORMANCES AND THOUGHTS ON U2’S SONGS OF INNOCENCE FRIDAY JANUARY 23rd, 2015 CRINKEN CHURCH, SHANKILL, CO DUBLIN (Free - with voluntary collection for Fields Of Life) U2 are back. This year sees them back on another World Tour and Dublin... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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(This is part 2 of a 3 part series that is based on my New Year sermon on January 4, 2015... The sermon was inspired by 3 songs and then rooted in Philippians 3...) “…every dog on the street Knows... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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(This is part 1 of a 3 part series that is based on my New Year sermon on January 4, 2015... The sermon was inspired by 3 songs and then rooted in Philippians 3...) Have you been trying too hard... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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The clocks are turning on us Like demons at the end of October If I drank as much as I prayed Be sure that I’d never be sober When the evenings fall so early They can cast thick ribbons of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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(This was my conclusion in my talk at the wedding of Ryan Kee to Rebecca Armitage on January 3rd, 2015 at Mussenden Temple...) Marriage is a revolution You just committed with your life So become a radical husband And be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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My friend Rachel Jackson reached me a CD of her songs of the year. It was very good and made me realise that I should be doing the same. My friend Gar has been doing it for decades! So, some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE