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Archive for May, 2012



“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” – Buddha

Reading the Bible

The field of methods of interpreting and studying texts, particlurly religious ones, is called hermeneutics. The following method took the lead from how Paul’s epistles read Hebrew scripture in the light of Christ, but developed into a more systematic approach. One could partly explain it as ‘theological analysis deriving from lectio divina.’ This traditional fourfold hermeneutic is called the ‘Quadriga’ (more…)



He who is lost in his passion is less lost than he who has lost his passion.” – St. Augustine

Images of Redemption

Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) by  Salvador Dalí (1954)

Recalling the whole of the Jesus story (not just his death, but his life, teaching, way of dying, resurrection, ascension, and gift of his spirit to birth the church) we asked how does Jesus save us? The main points were:

  1. His death was an innocent, in him -a forsaken outcast- God is identified with injustice: new possibilities for divine love are revealed.

  2. The Resurrection gives us a promise of hope against fear and overturns violence with peace.

  3. Christians have access to this promise through faith in God.

The belief in redemption through Christ has been conveyed in a large variety of ways, as the Cambridge theologian David Ford relates:

It is as if the range of significance of the crucifixion was to be indicated by drawing on every sphere of reality to represent it. From nature there were the basic symbols of darkness and of seeds dying in the ground. From the religious cult there were sacrifice and the Temple. From history there were the Exodus and the Exile. From the law court there were judgement, punishment, and justification. From military life there were ransom, victory, and triumph. From ordinary life there were market-place metaphors of purchases and exchanges, household images of union in marriage, obedience, parent-child relationships and the redemption of slaves, landlords whose sons are killed by tenants, medical images of healing and saving, and the picture of a friend laying down his life.” (more…)



“If you don’t want anyone to know, don’t do it.” – Chinese Proverb

Thought for the Week 28/05/2012

From Chris Wakelin, Chaplaincy Treasurer:

When I lived in Nottingham, the local “Churches Together in Beeston” group one year organised an ecumenical event for Pentecost weekend. On the Saturday morning various “spies” had been sent into the local shopping area disguised as gardeners, window-cleaners etc. (more…)



“Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself.” – St. Francis de Sales

The Ascension

In this session we explore the narrative of Jesus’ ascension into heaven. While reading the passage we asked: what ideas and thoughts about the belief in Jesus can you find in the imagery of this story? And what might the doctrine of the ascension be about?https://readingchaplaincy.wordpress.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif




“Always put off until tomorrow what you shouldn’t do at all.” – Morris Mandel

Another Thought for the Week 21/05/2012

From Ona Rowbery, St. William of York parishoner:

This week we celebrate Christ’s Ascension from Earth to be with his Father in heaven, thus allowing us to hope that we might one day join him there. For the disciples, it seems likely that this joy would have been tempered by a renewed sense of bereavement, but none-the-less, they responded much more positively than they had after Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, when Peter and the gang had retreated in fear to the confines of the upper room. By the time of the Ascension, however, they had gained a new perspective, looking outwards to distant horizons, and becoming less fearful in the process. (more…)

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