A right royal debate has broken out appropriately enough. Let's abolish the monarchy and go Republican? As we celebrate the first Coronation held since 1953 it is right we should be reflecting on our monarchy, our Constitution and what, if any changes, need to be made in the 21st Century.
National rules are no more:
There are now only advisory guidelines from the UK Government. We are asked to stay home if we develop flu or cold like symptoms and we are no longer being pinged by Test and Trace if we are a close contact of someone who has Covid. Test kits are no longer readily available and regular Lateral Flow Tests are not being used by many of us. Some of us have retained the courtesy practice of wearing face coverings in shops and crowded indoor spaces.
Just as we thought Covid-19 was on its way out at last there is another twist in the tale and the Omicron variant makes its ugly appearance. This newly named variant has brought together many of the mutations seen over the past 2 years and added a bit more to make it into a super infectious version that is likely to evade our immune system defences. This is why scientists are worried. However this is not the time to panic but to heed the Advent message: Be vigilant!
We are very excited to present a special series of talks with discussion online exploring our world through history, art and more. A special thanks to St Nick's, Leicester for permission to use their materials - it would be lovely if some of us could show our appreciation by donating something to them. The link is given in the information below. Here is our full line up
To join us for our harvest food for thought please email using the Contact Tab above and ask for the link for the sessions you would like to attend.
"We're all going on a summer holiday..." or are we? The travel industry has suffered a lot of disruption over the last year as we know and many of us are eager to fill up planes, ferries and trains to take a foreign holiday and with life nearly back to normal why wouldn't we book ourselves a lovely break this summer? But Covid-19 just keeps on creating trouble. Not only is it still riding at high levels across Europe and in other favourite holiday locations elsewhere in the world, but we have had a serious setback on our own shores.
And so this is Christmas - 2020 style...
Covid-19 restrictions necessarily mean limited numbers allowed physically in our church, no carol singing for the congregation and of course no sharing hugs and greetings to wish each other a lovely Christmas as socialising between households or bubbles is strictly not allowed. The rules about no processions, no sharing the Peace, no common cup remain in place too. How can we welcome everyone warmly when we have to restrict numbers to less than half our regular congregation?
The PM has announced another lockdown - not quite the same as the first one but close : Stay at home, protect the NHS, only essential shops are to remain open and churches are to close their doors once more. Many of us realise the urgent need for this extreme measure but some are resisting mainly on the grounds of damage it will do if children cannot play sports after school in their clubs, if businesses have to close in what has been an abysmal year for many, if churches cannot continue to offer safe peaceful spaces and support people spiritually.
Right from the start of this pandemic we have seen tensions between those who have simply done what they have been told by the authorities (politicians, doctors, scientists) and those who have resisted (conspiracies, fake news, or it's just a sniffle...).
I can't breathe
Catholic Bishop Mark Seitz did something unusual.
There was a sign that read “Black Lives Matter”.
With faces masked, eyes closed, each holding white rose, 12 priests from the Diocese of El Paso knelt in silence.
For 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
The same amount of time a police officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd, who later died in custody.
Happy Easter everyone! Passover, Easter and now Ramadan have all been seriously curtailed by the current lockdown - the three most important festivals of three major world religions have needed to adapt and for the most part have done so brilliantly. And one tool which everyone has now discovered is the joy of linking up 'face to face' via video conferencing.