To be honest I had never heard of this town in northern France until a few months ago when I opened my new (used) Michelin map of Pas-de-Calais. Renata and I were eagerly planning the next leg of our staged pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela ('taking the long way home') and St. Pol presented itself … Continue reading Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise



I lower the black plastic rubbish bag onto the rail platform and hear the familiar clink of glass, thinking how the other passengers must wonder at the strange visage of a well-dressed middle aged man carrying a large bag full of bottles. It's past 11:00 in the evening and the good people of Windsor are … Continue reading Windsor

Farewell to parish ministry. (For now?)

And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them.  - I Samuel 22, 2 That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it, fellow clergy?  Memorize it; it's your life verse. Whether you knew it at the time or … Continue reading Farewell to parish ministry. (For now?)

Advent One*

A voice says, “Cry out!” And I say, “What shall I cry?” Silence. Barren trees upon Frozen mountains, steely blue under grey-clad sky; Witnesses. Better: underlings, collaborators, Tongue-biting lackeys of a Higher Power. The crow dares, dark of heart and wing. Colour commentator of things not his business. "Ga!", he shouts convincingly. A single word … Continue reading Advent One*