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Born in 1935, I’ve lived through much of the 20th century and into the 21st. It’s been a time of massive upheaval and change in almost every field of life.
You’ll find a personal 75 year timeline in which I set world and national events alongside my own story and some of the books and ideas that have influenced me most. Throughout my lifetime there’s been almost continuous war somewhere on the planet – often perpetuated by the superpowers, their arms trades, their economies and their political interests and alliances. Political changes have revolutionised social and geographical maps but poverty, oppression and conflict continues to blight the lives of millions of people. Human knowledge, scientific discovery and technical invention have advanced beyond imagining yet the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” continues to widen.
The potential for the future seems almost limitless yet we degrade the very environment upon which we all depend. One trembles for following generations and what they will inherit from us. Themes exposed in this website reflect on the significance of some of this fast-changing socio-political history but I am aware that my analysis cannot be exhaustive: it can only represent some of my own views and experience
At a personal level you’ll see I’ve had a varied career. For 18 years I was a stipendiary parish priest; for 10 I directed an ecumenical social responsibility agency; for a further 16 years I was in private practice as a pastoral counsellor and as a consultant to organisations going through change and development.
Alongside this my personal interests have centred on music and the arts and for a decade I was privileged to sing with the London Philharmonic Choir. These pursuits have brought inspiration and encouragement. To sing Britten’s “War Requiem” or Tippet’s “Child of our Time” (to name but two examples) in a packed concert hall, is to be faced with new levels of spiritual challenge and hope. The traditional repertoire of religious works – Messiah, the requiems and passions still provide uplift even if some of the theology doesn’t fit easily with our times. The great symphonic works eg. of Mahler and Bruckner move and inspire. Now-a-days I’m a happy listener rather than a singer.
I want in this website to balance my own experience with a wider reflection on the themes and changes of the past century and what they might be leading to in the future. After a number of years as an Attender I became a Quaker in 2015 – alongside my Anglican heritage.
I offer some essays on topics I feel passionate about; I give details of the books I’ve published and I outline some of my plans for future projects. Think of this website as a sort of magazine! When you’ve browsed through the pages please let me know what you think about the issues raised: you can use the Contact page to do this.
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