On the Feast of St. Stephen we traveled to St. Paul's on the Metropolitan line, feeling just a wee bit awkward and self-conscious with our new backpacks and our homemade walking sticks. After a few photos on the steps of the Cathedral we joined the other tourists for the midday Eucharist. A tall, unhappy-looking young … Continue reading Canterbury
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
Everyone knows the metaphor of ripples on a pond, of the multiple and ever-widening influences of a single event, but no one ever spares a thought for the poor bit of rock sinking slowly into the dark, wet abyss. I think we've all been that individual at times, the consequences of our actions, good or … Continue reading Ripples on a Pond
Her body suddenly pushed up against me as she took her place in the empty seat and the gentle nudge made me open my eyes. I’ve grown accustomed to spending some of my morning and afternoon commute, eyes closed, in prayerful thought about the people and tasks of the day ahead - or the day … Continue reading Despair on the Express Bus
Draw a circle on a piece of paper. Go on, gentle reader, just indulge me for a minute or two. Any piece of paper will do, any poorly drawn circle. This circle represents the unity of God. As you learned in geometry class, even though there are only 360 degrees in a circle, there are … Continue reading Trinity
Seventy-five million passengers pass through London Heathrow every year! Seventy-five thousand workers find their employment there! Oh the humanity! On my very first day of airport chaplaincy, nearly 20 years ago at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, doing a placement as the student of a theological college, I was left alone to be the host of the … Continue reading The Boundaries of Inclusion
Anyone who takes the time to survey the world of airport chaplaincy with anything more than a passing interest will soon discover that there are as many different varieties of chaplaincy as there are airports. Every airport has a unique set of characteristics: its physical location, size, the nature of local businesses, passenger & cargo … Continue reading For people of all faiths…and those of none.