Sleeping rough and meeting Steve Baker

On Friday 18th November Kate and I took part in the Wycombe Homeless Connection (http://www.wyhoc.org.uk) big sleep-out in the All Saints graveyard in the centre of High Wycombe.  There were three key aims for this event: to raise awareness of homelessness and rough sleeping, to raise money for WHC so that they can better support the homeless in Wycombe and to give us a taste of what it is like to be homeless.  To ensure we do get a real taste the organisers seem to be able to pick a cold night, and Friday was no exception – it was well below freezing. Continue reading

Remembrance Sunday

Though we only spoke to a handful of people on the train, it really did feel as though we were joining the thousands who were descending upon London for the Remembrance weekend. On the Sunday morning we made our way through the underground to Whitehall, not realising that all taxi rides were being offered free to veterans and those taking part in the procession and service. That shows the respect that London holds for this national occasion. Continue reading

Reformation, Commissioning and Identity … with a little bit of homelessness!

I’ve had quite a varied diet of engagements over the past couple of weeks.  On Sunday, 30th October I represented the URC at a Lutheran service to mark a year of celebration of the

Revd Torbjørn Holt followed by Rt Revd Christopher Chessun

Revd Torbjørn Holt followed by Rt Revd Christopher Chessun

reformation.  This was organised by the Council of Lutheran Churches and held at St Olav Norwegian Church situated just on the southern end of the Rotherhithe tunnel in London.  The service was led by Revd Torbjørn Holt, seen in the photograph, and included an address by Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark.  The service was a wonderful example of Scandi-Anglo ecumenical relations.

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