The Three Weeks and Tisha B’Av: From Lament to Consolation

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  The process of grief follows its own rules: shock and numbness, grief and anger, sadness and resignation and back again to incredulity and grief.  We face our losses in different ways, both according to our temper and the triggers that unconsciously give expression to our heartache and sorrow. Such pain and anguish are unprescribed, unanticipated;… Read more »

A reflection on the CCJ Presidents’ “Pilgrimage in Lockdown”

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The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE, Chair of CCJ, writes:  For me as a Christian, the discipline of pilgrimage speaks to the interior journey of the heart as much as to any physical travel or destination. Within the constrained and confined spaces that we have been subject to under lockdown, this idea of pilgrimage… Read more »

Refugees Welcome: a blog for Refugee Week

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Rev Heston Groenewald, Vicar of All Hallows Church, Leeds, and recipient of the 21 for 21 award for his work with refugees, writes: All Hallows Leeds, like many other churches, synagogues and mosques, welcomes refugees and asylum seekers with open arms. This is not a ‘program’ or slick, organised church ministry; it looks more like… Read more »

Stay Home Save Lives: a blog for Refugee Week

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Barbara Winton, refugee rights campaigner and daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton writes:   The world became a more frightening place in March. We were all quite suddenly faced with an invisible threat that could cause suffering or even kill us and our loved ones.  The message we were given by the government was to stay… Read more »

The Omer – Rabbi Barry Kleinberg

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Warning: This post is not about coronoavirus….AT ALL (apart from this warning of course!) The period between Passover (celebrating the exodus from Egypt) and Shavuot (celebrating the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai) is a peculiar and confusing journey through 49 days. Shavuot is the 50th day. The name of… Read more »