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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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I am acutely aware that this piece of land which I am daring to stand on was a land mine trap, just over a decade ago. I am in Lira, northern Uganda, where Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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There are times when I hear a song and it sums up absolutely the musical sounds that most tickles my soul at that given moment in time. It is so utterly beautiful to my ears that it seems to be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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“It is a miracle,” a woman said to my wife. It is not everyday that you get to see a miracle but today we were the blessed ones. Charles was the miracle worker. I asked him what it was a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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This morning, like so many of my fellow Northern Irish citizens, I am reflecting on The Battle of The Somme where so many young Ulstermen lost their lives. I am remembering particularly those from Fitzroy, where I am minister, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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It is a little disconcerting when three bombs go off in an airport just two hours before you leave for a night and day’s flying. Janice was offered to go to Kampala with Turkish Air and didn’t take up the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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I remember the day Lady Diana died, having to put together my radio show to respond. The same the day after the Omagh Bomb. Those were hard emotional shows. I felt that same strain on Sunday morning as I had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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First of all, we are grateful to the Community Relations Council for presenting us with this year's Civic Leadership Award. We are also grateful for the many messages of congratulation and support we have had from right across the community... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Whatever happens on Thursday, whether we are IN or OUT, at least it will be over. Goodness have I had enough. I am not sure that I have ever heard politicians talking so much rubbish, contradicting each other and themselves... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Scripture Readings Acts 10 and John 10 I think it was 1990 and I was assistant minister in First Antrim. I used to always vary my route into the city. One night I took a wrong turn over the mountain... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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FOUR CORNERS, TWO CHURCHMEN, AND ONE MAJOR AWARD Rev Steve Stockman and Fr Martin Magill presented with joint CRC Civic Leadership Award Two largely unsung heroes of cross-community work in Northern Ireland today jointly received a high-profile award to recognise... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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(this is something close to the speech I made after receiving the Community Relations Council Award for Civic Leadership that I was awarded with my mate Fr Martin Magill!) Thank you so much to Peter Osborne, Chair of the Community... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy there will be a lovely wee thing going down that I cannot share with you now... BUT would love to share with you then! If you are a regular Fitzer or a friend of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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It has been one of those weeks where the world has been revealed as hate filled and deadly. The week began with the horrendous shootings in a Gay Night Club in Orlando and ended with the brutal killing of MP... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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It has been one of those weeks where the world has been revealed as hate filled and deadly. The week began with the horrendous shootings in a Gay Night Club in Orlando and ended with the brutal killing of MP... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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I was so sad with the news this week (June 14, 2016) that guitarist Henry McCullough had passed away. When I was in my mid-teens Henry McCullough was a local hero. I discovered The Beatles and from that Wings. C... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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So I, a Presbyterian minister, found myself in Stormont, the seat of Northern Ireland Government, with an Icon of Mary! We were actually there to pray for all of our MLAs. They had just been elected that very week and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Paul Simon. My goodness Paul Simon! He’s 74 years old for goodness sake. When he was in his mid 20s he came across to England wrote songs like Homeward Bound. Great song. Just a few guitar chords, good, melody and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) we look at that story where law and grace clashed in Luke 7. A sinner woman interrupts a holy man's house and kisses Jesus feet. It is a definitive picture of this strange Gospel of Jesus and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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“Ireland in the World Cup Either North or South” - Snow Patrol - Lifening “I am a proud Northern Ireland fan but I love the Rep of Ireland too. I have no politics nor religion. Just love.” – Gary Lightbody... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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(photo: Paul Bowman) Neil Young! Bucket list gig. I have been loving Neil Young since 1978. My friend Rab nicked Zuma and American Stars ’N Bars from his sister’s ex boyfriend and two teenage boys were off on their Young... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Hope is a powerful thing. It can destroy you or transform you. In the movie Shawshank Redemption, the prisoners Andy and Red have a heated debate about hope. Red has hoped for some years and nothing has happened; his parole... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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VISION FOR SOCIETY WE, AS MEMBERS OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN IRELAND, saved by grace and called by God to grace-filled relationships, in the power of the Holy Spirit as ambassadors of Christ’s Kingdom in a broken and divided world;... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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If great music can come out of a remote wee town in Ulster County, New York State at the end of the 60s (I am reading Small Town Talk about Dylan, The Band and Van up in Woodstock) then we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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In the morning (11am) in Fitzroy I will be unpacking Psalm 30… We will be gathering around the Lord’s Table in Communion… As we do so I will be bringing John Paul Lederach’s thoughts on Van Morrison and reconciliation to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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I was in South Africa visiting Janice in 1993. While there I picked up, in a second hand book shop in Pietermaritzburg, Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood. I enjoyed it, if that is what you say about O'Connor. I do remember... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE