Today we talked about what we thought was important to our management team. Where we’re at and where we’re going. We’ve booked a fancy hotel and experienced facilitator, pulled out all the stops because it’s important. And I’m not dissing it; getting away, just the 10 or so of us, with expert guidance, is productive. … Continue reading Value Pack
Do you believe in an afterlife? Heaven? Paradise? Something like that? A place where you will live with your loved ones in happiness? Tell me about that afterlife you imagine. Does it include violence? War? Weapons? Abuse of women and children? A society where some have far too much and others not enough? Destruction and … Continue reading Really? Thy kingdom come?
"Excuse me!" cried a desperate voice from behind. Paul, lead chaplain for Heathrow's Terminal 2, and I both turned to see a family - mother, father, adolescent son - hurrying toward us across the concourse, dragging an assortment of hand luggage with them, the woman waving a piece of paper in the air. "We checked … Continue reading The Small Thing
The other day I had my first real bout of missing Canada since arriving in the UK three months ago. Our new table top stereo had arrived from Amazon the day before, replacing and closely resembling the unit we gave away when we left Vancouver, another casualty of the voltage difference between the continents. … Continue reading Homeland Insecurity
This morning I had my first ever flight with Ireland's national pride, Aer Lingus, LHR - BHD, on an A320. Aer Lingus is an easy carrier to identify from a distance, as I learned during my years at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, sporting as they do a dark green livery with a shamrock on the tail. … Continue reading Nothing But Blue Skies…
Two thousand years ago a man appeared on the human stage whose titles included Son of God, Lord, Saviour of the World, God from God, Divine, God Incarnate, Liberator and Redeemer. His name was Caesar Augustus. Augustus (“the illustrious one”) was worshipped as a deity and promoted a form of world peace, a Pax Romana … Continue reading I resolve…
As I sip my coffee in a cozy shop at an upscale mall in western Canada, reading the international press on my laptop, I find I am quite concerned with the plight of Syrian refugees washing up on the shores of the Mediterranean. I'm also upset about climate change and the attitudes of Big Oil, … Continue reading Just between you and me