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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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“And the parsons planting kisses on the babies at the door And I’m wondering why I bothered and what I came here for I’m absolutely broken with no tears of mine to cry Saying prayers for those in prison and... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
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It is just great to have the Premiership season started again, though Manchester United look a little bit strong for my liking! Without a World Cup or European Championship, the soccer less summer seemed to go on for far too... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
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When we arrived in Onialeku Primary School, in north west Uganda, in July our friend Pastor David told us that the children of the school were so excited that they might carry the bus into the school. Their welcome was... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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In the last few weeks, I have been thinking about cultural stigmas that could cause us to reject the potential of a better future? In the early part of July I was in David Sharland's garden, in Arua in the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Where would we be without you? Not where we are today There would have been no Heartbreak Hotel Or Highway 61, never mind revisited No Strawberry Fields Forever Or Penny Lane Would we ever have been caught up on Cyprus... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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I was a U2 doubter. Our seats were very far back. It was a great view BUT could a band fill Croke Park. Noel Gallagher struggled a little to reach us. My daughters wanted to come for the first time.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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(this is my review and reflection on the new book about Fr Alec Reid. It was published last week in the Irish News, the first in a new column that Fr Martin Magill and I will be writing regularly) I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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As 17 of us, from Fitzroy, leave this morning for our Mission Trip to Uganda I am re-blogging this poem. I wrote it last summer after I came home from Uganda. It was a reflection on our visit but was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Airport Steve! He is quite a character! Slip my wife a wee glass of sparkly red and she will have you belly laughing with incidents when Airport Steve has given her funny stories in hindsight, but probably sent her mad... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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My last preach in Fitzroy before our mission trip to Uganda and then holidays. The Lectionary passages from Matthew 10 and Jeremiah 28 seem to be suggesting two things... Poverty and Peace. We will be looking at welcoming and being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I love Canada, My uncle Bobby moved there in the late 50s. I have visited often. I am a Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays fan! As a family we spent the best three months of our lives in Vancouver... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I still buy CDs… and occasionally vinyl. You can keep your free Spotify. I still like to purchase. Now, I have succumbed to the Apple Music deal but I don’t sneak an album that I would have ordinarily have bought.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Let me transport you to the roads of Vancouver in Canada. As another impatient Canadian driver honks his horn, and makes to shout obscenities through windscreens, I want to stop him and tell him how much I am looking forward... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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My favourite six records of the year so far show perhaps a lack of the experimental in my raging taste. This is a collection of great songs, performed in the traditional sense. What a collection of crafted art they are!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Lord, give them humility To be honest with their own failings And willing to confess their complicity To not seek to be dominant But to strive for equality And the common good Lord give them humility. Lord give them grace... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I Am Evelyn Amony is a Memoir that takes us into some of the darkest places in the landscape of humanity and then takes us through the toughest terrain of the human soul to a place of hope and transformation.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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There’s something about the summer and Fleetwood Mac. Any glimpse of sun and opportunity to wear shorts, you can do worse than blasting out Rumours. It is West Coast rock after all. So, on a recent sunny day I slipped... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Today. 30 years ago. We were all at the Kings Hall in Belfast. It was U2. Joshua Tree. Back in March I was honoured to narrate a BBC Radio Ulster documentary about the concert (link below). Thank you to Karen... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be commissioning our summer missions folk. We have over 30 in the congregation, youth and adults heading off to do mission somewhere in our world. 17 are off to Uganda on July 3rd.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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When Southeastern crossed my radar in 2013 I thought I had at last heard the follow up to Ryan Adams’ finest moment, Strangers Almanac with Whiskeytown. Southeastern had that same immediacy and familiarity as Strangers Almanac with at the same... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Readers of Soul Surmise will already know that I love the TV series Madam Secretary. I was particularly taken by a recent episode and indeed have quoted it in 3 different talks I have given this week. A young women... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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June 21st is the Longest Day. In Northern Ireland it has been set aside, in recent years, as a Day Of Reflection for those who were lost or injured during our Troubles, an initiative of Healing Through Remembering. Today there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I will not get all of these books read over the summer BUT they are the pile that I have set aside to attempt to get through. MARTIN MCKEEVER C.Ss.R - ONE MAN, ONE GOD My friend Whitney Wilkinson told... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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You thought God was an architect, now you know He’s something like a pipe bomb ready to blow And everything you built that’s all for show goes up in flames In twenty- four frames I have been using this quotation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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It was 20 years ago tonight when Radiohead warmed up for their Ok Computer Tour with a wee secret gig at the Mandela Hall in Belfast. It is seen as one of the significant moments of rock in Belfast over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE