Monday, 29 June 2009

The gift of gratitude ( A dog to walk)

I have been thinking recently about the importance of cultivating an attitude of gratitude. I read an article recently about how people report more and more dissatifaction with their lives and the recent death of Michael Jackson has led me to think about the often disastrous effects of all the things we are told will bring us happiness ( like fame and fortune.) So, I am aiming to post regularly on the small, everyday things that can make us feel gratitude and through which we may be "surprised by joy."

So, one of the things that fills me with joy is when I come home and a certain white, furry hound , after having en thusiastically licked every part of my face that she can get to, takes up a position at the front door with a look in her eyes that we both know says , "walk me, now!"

Walking with a dog is so much more enjoyable than on your own, not least because of the joy of bringing pleasure to a much loved animal.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

YouTube - The Mom Song with lyrics

YouTube - The Mom Song with lyrics

I expect most people have seen this already , it's really just on here for my Mum!

Messy Church

Our second "messy Church" service this morning, about twelve children with families turned up which was excellent - if a little noisy, but many of the regulars didn't come.

Part of the "fresh expressions" initiative, many Churches are exploring these sorts of different ways of doing Church.

Picture -Threading "tears of God"


Texas - on Wednedsday 24th June "orthodox" Anglicans from the US and Canada, meeting in Dallas, announced the creation of the Anglican Church in North America, described as a "Christ centered missionary Church."

ANCA has ratified its constitution and canons and installed Bob Duncan ( below) as its "Archbishop." This, essentially dissident and schismatic body, considers itself a properly constituted church , a new province which sees itself as an "Anglican" jurisdiction in North America, as a legitimate Anglican body but not sanctioned by, nor answerable to, Canterbury.

Several English bishops are involved in, or have given their support to, ACNA. The role call includes the bishops of Lewes, Rochester, Winchester, Chichester and Chester.
The British media remains largely indifferent to this in- house squabbling ( and who can blame them.) Anyone who is interested is wondering what the ABC will do? "Very little" is the probable answer - what can he do without deepening the divisions and forcing an even greater rift? I do not think Canterbury will recognise the ACNA, there will be a "wait and see" policy. As for the English bishops, I think they are more likely to be privately reprimanded than any public action be taken.

It looks like schism and smells like schsim - but my gut feeling ( for what it's worth) is that, in retrospect, this will look more like a blip on the graph of the history of the Church, rather than anything like the events of the 16th century ( as some commentators are suggesting.) Only time will tell.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Summer Holiday

Looking through last year's photos I found this and, along with the warm weather and the knowledge that we leave for Turkey on the 20th July has really begun to whet my appetite for our Summer holiday.
Preparing for holidays involves, for me, two dilemmas: the hunt for the perfect swimming costume and the selection of the ideal holiday reading.

The perfect swimsuit!

One of the most profound questions of modern life has to be why, with so much on offer, it is so hard to find suitable swimwear if you happen to be female and of a certain age. Said suit must offer enough support in the bust to be decent without grannyish , tummy control is desirable and you do not want to be tugging it up or down or finding the straps slide off your shoulder when you swim ( or move.) I was planning to order the aptly named "tugless tank" ( recommended by a friend) when I found this number in a local shop. It meets all the aforementioned criteria and has contributed to my holiday-good mood.

Holiday reading.

The main problem here is finding books that both myself and husband will read and the right books, the blurb, the first page and and a general instinct for what will absorb and engage and what won't is vital. Here is this year's selection:


Hi and welcome to Significant Truths , my first ( tentative) attempt at internet blogging. I am sure no-one will be that interested in me, except myself but it occurs to me that this is the modern diary form. Most of this will be inane and banal details about my personal life but you should find at least a smattering of literature, philosophy ( AKA my home spun ramblings), issues in faith and society etc.