Ponderings are my blog articles, beginning in September 2020, following our move back to Cambridge for retirement.
At the beginning of the 1662 Ordering of Priests, the Bishop mentions to the ordinands three 'weighings' that they should have in remembrance:
'to how weighty an office and charge ye are called';
'we have good hope that you have well weighed and pondered these things with yourselves long before this time;
'that you will pray to the God the Father that...' 'by daily reading and weighing of the Scriptures, ye may wax riper and stronger in your ministry'.
18/10/2022 from Ponderings
I reflect on the meditative mourning of the late Queen Elizabeth II, my new anthem (with music by Tristan Latchford) written for the Vigil service at St Bartholomew-the-Great, London, and the State Funeral and Committal. First published on Covenant 26 Sept 2022 here.
13/06/2022 from Ponderings
The background, preparations and prospects for the Lambeth Conference 2022 at Canterbury, republished from my article commissioned by Prospect Magazine.
18/03/2022 from Ponderings
My book review of 'The Cambridge Theological Federation: A Journey in Ecumenical Learning', edited by Mary Tanner and Ian Randall (CTF, 2022) published originally in the Ridley Hall, Cambridge, Lent Term Newsletter, and republished here with permission.
25/02/2022 from Ponderings
My sermon at the SPCK Founder's Day, St James-the-Less, Pimlico, London on 15 Feb 2022, published originally on Covenant and republished with permission.
12/02/2022 from Ponderings
'Desmond Tutu: Gravitas and Hilaritas' my article for The Round Table: the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs (Routledge, Feb 2022).
28/01/2022 from Ponderings
My Credo article, 22 Jan 2022, commissioned by The Times, on Simon Barrington-Ward, including mention of Exchange of Gifts: The Vision of Simon Barrington-Ward (Ekklesia, 2022) edited by me and Ian Randall.
19/01/2022 from Ponderings
An imaginary interview with Graham Kings about Nourishing Mission: Theological Settings (Brill, 2022) published orginally on Covenant here and republished with permission.
20/03/2021 from Ponderings
The five ways in which the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year: launch of 'Friends of the Centre'; launch of a book of global Anglican perspectives on prayer; a history of the Centre; five lectures, 'Transfiguring World Christianity'; and a book of 25 essays, Connecting Christianities.
23/01/2021 from Ponderings
The journey of a multi-artform project - art, poetry and music - inspired by seven biblical women, from commission to publication and performance.
09/12/2020 from Ponderings
In my Ponderings for December 2020, I reflect on the three most recent popes, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, by interweaving comment, poetry, and autobiography. The article was published originally on Covenant, the weblog of The Living Church, on 8 Dec 2020, and is republished here with permission and thanks.
16/11/2020 from Ponderings
My Ponderings for November is my review, commissioned, and accepted for publication in 2021, by the journal Modern Believing, of the book Imagining Mission with John V. Taylor by Jonny Baker and Cathy Ross (SCM Press, 2020). My poem, 'Thanksgiving: Bishop John V Taylor' was published in Nourishing Connections (Canterbury Press, 2020) and may be seen here.
23/10/2020 from Ponderings
In my second Ponderings, for October, I describe five events which are part of the book launch of Nourishing Connections.
06/09/2020 from Ponderings
In this, the first of my Ponderings, I introduce this new website, 'Nourishing Connections: theology, mission, poetry'.