How do we identify ourselves?

Map of European UnionThomas Mair, the killer of Jo Cox, when asked in court to state his name, gave it as ‘Death to traitors, freedom for Britain’. You couldn’t find a stronger way to identify yourself as British.

In all the debates on the European Union, we have heard over and over again that ‘we’ are the British. For some, ‘we’ are also Europeans. For others, Europeans are the ‘they’ against whom we identify ourselves as British.

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What will Thomas Mair’s legacy be?

Jo CoxThe murder of Jo Cox would have been a tragedy even if she had not been such a good MP, or an MP at all. Whenever a healthy young person dies our hearts go out to the family; but when it is a politically-motivated murder of a Member of Parliament because of the things she stood for, it is an event of national significance.

Ursula Haeckel, whom I met for the first time a week ago, has written the following letter to the Guardian. To me it speaks volumes.

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In or out or shake it all about?

EUFlagThe talks were organised by the European Movement and I was invited as a speaker on behalf of the Green Party .

There are left-wing and right-wing arguments for staying in, and left-wing and right-wing arguments for staying out. The mass media have concentrated on the right-wing arguments on both sides: sovereignty, economics, democracy and whether Boris Johnson dyes his hair.

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Who do you care for?

Front page of the Daily MailBoris and Gove: We’ll bring in tough Australian points style system to slash arrivals from EU.

So says the front page of today’s Daily Mail. It continues:

Brexit would pave the way for an immigration revolution to slash numbers arriving from the EU, leading Out campaigners pledge today.

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Are you getting older? Does it bother you?

James Woodward & Helen Randall

There is still hope for people like me.

On Monday night James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College in Salisbury, came to St Brides Liverpool to tell us about his research on ageing.

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Pentecost for everyone

WhoeverPentecost140 you are, the forces running the world are on your side

Parthians, Medes, Elamites… Cappadocia… the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene… If you have ever stood up in church to do the Bible reading on Pentecost, you will remember. How did you get on pronouncing all those place names? This post argues that we should now add Lesbos, Kos and Calais to the list.

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Britain’s 3 options for the EU: in or out

Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis

I’ve been reading two very different arguments for Britain to stay in the EU. One is the pretty booklet spread round the country by the Government, Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the UK.

Nudge nudge wink wink. Some of the Government believe this. Others – a very substantial proportion – believe otherwise. But those others won’t have the option of sending a booklet to every house in the country, funded by the taxpaying recipients.

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What would Meister Eckhart make of us today?

Eckhart140There was an excellent talk on Meister Eckhart at St Brides Liverpool this morning. The talk was given by Dr Duane Williams of Liverpool Hope University. We had time to ask questions, and after the service we carried on talking about it as long as we could – until the Annual Meeting took over.

I went home puzzling over what it has to say about modern attitudes to possessions and wealth.

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Biblical truth: how to find what you are looking for

BibleWhat does the Bible teach? Well, pretty well anything, depending on who is speaking. Do we just accept what we were taught when we were young, or recite a few favourite texts and ignore the rest, or feel well and truly turned off by all the claims?

Here’s my potted history of biblical meaning. It is derived from a number of biblical scholars, the main one being John Barton.

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How do bishops move?

Cartoon of bishopThis post is at Laura Sykes’ request. In a Facebook dialogue she published a cartoon, as below, mentioning that bishops move diagonally.

I haven’t completely forgotten my chess-playing days, so here is some more information. It may or may not be a helpful meditation on episcopacy today.

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