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Welcome to Nourishing Connections. I hope you will discover more and more about God, and God’s extraordinary world, as you explore this site.

I was ordained in 1980 and have loved serving as a curate, missionary, theologian, vicar, bishop, and mission theologian, in London, Kenya, Cambridge, Islington, Sherborne, and the global South of the Anglican Communion. Now living in retirement in Cambridge, I am an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Ely and Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, which I founded in 1996.

The seven paintings of Women in the Bible, at the top of each section, are by Silvia Dimitrova. We enjoyed working together on this project from 2003-2020 and my accompanying poems are in the poetry section. Tristan Latchford has composed seven anthems on these paintings and poems and the world premiere was on 14 June 2023 at St Stephen, Walbrook, London. A 17 min Fugue State Films film of the premiere may be seen here and the concert programme (with biblical texts, photos of the paintings, poems and bios) may be seen here.

I am very grateful to the editors and publishers of the books, journals and websites where these publications first appeared.

17. Quintet of Quips and Quibbles

06/02/2024    From Ponderings

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Four of my new short poems, Quips, and one longer poem, a Quibble, written during an eight-day silent retreat at the Jesuit Centre, St Beuno’s in North Wales, Aug 2023, published originally on Covenant 2 Feb 2024.

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Scribal Wisdom

06/02/2024    From Sermons

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A sermon preached at the leavers’ service,

Trinity College, Bristol, 4 June 2011

published in Church of England Newspaper, 8th July 2011 and on Fulcrum, 30 June 2011

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16. Coronation and Commonwealth: Heft and Weft

20/11/2023    From Ponderings

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My article, in a special edition on Religion and Commonwealth Values, in The Round Table, the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 2023, Vol. 112, No. 5, 543-544. Originally published here. For my previous article in The Round Table, 'Desmond Tutu: Gravitas and Hilaritas', click here

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Nourishing Memories Chap 8: Curacy in Harlesden, London

17/10/2023    From Nourishing Memories

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I continue my cumulative memoir, Nourishing Memories, recounting my curacy in the multiracial parish of St Mark, Harlesden, London, 1980-84, including the founding of an open youth club and two further research visits to Yugoslavia in 1981 and 1984. Republished with permission from Covenant: link to original, 6 Oct 2023, is here.

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15. World Premiere in Wren's Church, St Stephen, Walbrook

25/04/2023    From Ponderings

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I describe the excitement of commissioning a short film to be made by Fugue State Films of the world premiere of Tristan Latchford’s seven anthems, ‘Celebrating Women in the Bible’, 14 June 2023, at Wren’s masterwork of a parish church, St Stephen’s Walbrook, London. Published originally 24 April 2023 on Covenant here.

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