Be kind to yourself

This week I heard a brilliant description of how it can feel being a person who strives for perfection: I watched an ice sculptor create this beautiful piece of art, bringing forth form from within the frozen block of water. When they had finished I thought it was perfect, but within two minutes it had […]

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“I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more.”  You’ll probably have this going round your head all day now (you’re welcome), much like me last week during my placement with the Chaplaincy team at St James’s Leeds’ University Hospital.  Whilst I didn’t rack up 500 miles I did manage 23.41 miles, which […]

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Giving to receive

The thought of giving with expectation of return is something that is either seen as the epitome of the ‘worldly materialistic selfish secular’, or the driving force behind the ‘unhealthy dangerous prosperity gospel’. In most of our good Christian circles altruism is the flavour of the day, led of course by the unconditional grace of […]

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Being a non-conformist at school was not cool. Doing anything other than the mainstream would have you maliciously assigned a detrimental label; some seemingly wore those labels with pride, like the Goths for example (am I showing my age now?) but others sought to distance themselves from such labels, especially when aspersions of sexuality were […]



Through August I experienced a freedom of movement that many would give their worldly possessions for, and for which many have and still failed to achieve. I travelled to the US for work at the beginning of the month and then after a week back in the UK I set off on a 9 country, […]

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