The day after Shrove Tuesday (a la Pancake day) is Ash Wednesday. It seems that this is either noted in ecclesial circles with an Ash Wednesday Service including the Ashes or is forgotten about altogether. It may not have strict biblical foundations but it can be seen as providing symbolic resonance to the start of…Read more Ashing to Go?
For some people they have lived in the valley all their life, for others they have moved every few years. When I left education it was expected that we should enter a profession for life. Now, for many, we can move between jobs to gain additional opportunities, despite that causing possible difficulties with stability. But…Read more Where do we fit?
When you mention the word church, what do you notice? I wonder whether people have a specific view, a certain perspective born from many year's of understanding. This 'wisdom' may be drawn from the television, the papers and perhaps from some experience from their youth: of stuffy rooms, with a school-like atmosphere being taught a…Read more Faith frozen
Welcome to the first meeting of the monthly 'Faith' group where we look to establish a way to become an even stronger community in Todmorden, willing to engage constructively with matters of faith. But first: Is faith relevant today? What does faith actually mean to you, to others? One aspect of any successful community is…Read more Todmorden Faith : Same Sex Marriage
At Kava, every first Sunday of every month, we start to look at a new community where we can discuss openly 'what does faith look like in 2019?'. We want to create a safe(r) space, which isn't so structured but which could be felt to be ‘messy’; where people can be free to express their…Read more How do you express faith in 2019?
What a liberating time! To talk openly about death, those issues which are generally taboo. How times have changed. Why are we so reticent to talk about death? Here are some thoughts I have gained recently. Grief over the years Fifteen percent of all babies died before their first birthday in the Victorian age, and…Read more Death Café