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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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Dear Political Leaders, We are very frustrated at the bottom of the hill. We voted for you and our taxes pay your wages. We are those you are working for. We vote for you and pay for your leadership. We... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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Next in his Remastered Series Flowers In The Dirt is a revelation of the very great album slipped through Paul McCartney’s hands! Flowers In The Dirt was seen as a return to form for Paul McCartney after the failure of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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It was a throwaway Facebook thread. Barra said The Boomtown Rats were coming and we should go. Aye, I said. Here it was. Mandela Hall. Tiny. Crammed with the coolest bunch of fifty somethings the Students Union has ever seen!... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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My thoughts are in Derry/Londonderry this afternoon, for the funeral of Martin McGuinness. For those surprised at that, I am surprised too, BUT peacemaking which I am absolutely committed to, as a call from Jesus to do so and as... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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As the news came through of the suspected terrorist attack at Westminster yesterday, my mind went back to a moment in August 1989. I was falling in love with Janice. We were up at Westminster on a hot sunny afternoon.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Waking up to the news this morning that Martin McGuinness had passed away, my first emotion was sadness. In the couple of occasions when we had met he was warm. He retweeted one of my reviews of a James Taylor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I am very excited to let the U2 fans among you know that I will be narrating a documentary about the 30th Anniversary of the Kings Hall Joshua Tree Tour concert that took place on June 24th 1987. Thank you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) we will be crossing borders with Jesus in John 4... There he crosses gender, race and religion to engage with a Samaritan woman by a well... it is politically and religiously subversive stuff... but perhaps there is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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The idea for this poem came from one of my former students. We are on our last day in Cape Town, on a mission trip. We had spent a lot of time on townships, with those who had a lot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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A seed was sown With a simple bow Where we remembered our heroes She said the time has come now She laid her wreath With dignity and grace An eloquent silence And softness in her face She lowered her head... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I was heartbroken yesterday afternoon when I heard the news that one of my former students, Leigh Dunn (nee Johnston) had passed away. Leigh, and indeed her husband Geoff, had lived with me in Derryvolgie Hall, where I lived as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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FROM THE BRIDGE AT SELMA… TO THE 4 CORNERS OF BELFAST CITY… The Journey of Reconciliation… Goes On… and On featuring Church leaders from Selma SUNDAY, MARCH 19th @ 7pm FITZROY CHURCH, 77 University Ave, BT7 1HL This Sunday evening... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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“I wrote this song in 1993. It was beautifully recorded by The Williams Brothers. In 1998 (ed) the violence in Northern Ireland ignited in Omagh, resulting in a tragedy beyond a heart’s ability to comprehend, killing 29 innocent people, injuring... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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(The thread on my Facebook on my U2 Pop review status was so enlightening thought it was worth blogging... Thank you for your contributions...) Paul Bowman I went to HMV on Grafton Street at midnight for that release. A much... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I wrote this for FairTrade Fortnight some years ago. I tidied it up this week. If you are looking for something for a Church service on FairTrade. Feel free to use it. Every man will sit under his own vine... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Superlatives are left impotent as I attempt to describe Over the Rhine’s sixth album proper, tenth if we count various rare track compilations and a Christmas album. I found myself gasping throughout at the melodies, the poetry, the spiritual insight... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Blessed are the meek who scratch in the dirt For they shall inherit what's left of the earth Blessed are the kings who've left their thrones They are buried in this valley of dry bones Blessed all of you with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Ed Sheeran eh! What a phenomenon. He comes across as the ginger haired boy next door with a skateboard over one shoulder and a rickety guitar over the other. Yet, he can hold a stadium in the palm of his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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It is International Women’s Day and I am drawn to all the campaigns for Girls Education. I was very quick to join the One Campaign’s social media campaign to promote it. My thoughts and prayers have been concentrating on Saphara,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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There have been times when there is a coffee emergency in the Stockman household and I have raced to the nearest grocery store, only to look at what is available on the shelves and leave without the coffee. Don’t think... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Kye’s was the last question. Fr Martin Magill and I had been in the Midwest of America for 10 days speaking at various Colleges and Churches. Our topic was Peace and Reconciliation and we were aware that our Northern Irish... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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This morning Northern Ireland woke up to a new Local Assembly and social media has everyone giving their tuppence worth about what it means. In some of the banter I was called an eejit (derogatory name for idiot!) and that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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The debate about are they or are they still Christians is now well past the sell by date and needs even less discussion here. This is, as Stuart Bailie formerly of NME said, without doubt a Christian album. The fact... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I am a roving voter who takes serious consideration of a range of issues before deciding who to vote for and in what order. Well, actually I vote for everyone. It is the order that is obviously crucial! The first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be preparing for the preparation. We have come through Epiphany in the Church year and head into the week that Lent begins. As we do we will be gathering around Matthew 17 where... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE