• World View

    A Worldwide Tea Party

    There are days when I look around the world and I’m quite certain that the whole world is in the midst of a global Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The arrival of the pandemic seems to have been something of a point of reference, one of those moments in the history of humanity when everything seemed to change. We hibernated for two years and in that time, we both unlearned many of the ways we had of doing things, whilst learning new ways of doing those things which remained. And not everything remained – of that which did, there were so many changes. Things we once thought important, suddenly lost much…

  • Faith and Life,  General

    Blessed Are The Cracked

    The Japanese have an art-form known as ‘kitsugi’. This is the belief that things each have their own value, and that even when a thing is broken, it’s value persists; and indeed, once repaired in some way, that inherent value deepens and the repair itself becomes a thing of beauty. There are many examples of kitsugi; it is seen most often in ceramics, where bowls and other items are repaired with gold – those little rivers of gold become part of the ceramic and certainly add to it’s beauty. Not surprisingly, kitsugi translates literally as ‘the golden repair’. Earlier this morning, I read a post online which declared – “blessed…