In 2017, I took my last flight. I knew before I went to Vienna with my friend Amy that it was going to be my last flight. I had already reached the point of active discomfort about flying, and I knew that, holding the values I do, I couldn't continue. What follows is simply an … Continue reading Why I stopped flying.
What makes us worthy? That we are God's.
half-baked thoughts on the metaphysics of hope
Another year has gone. Once again I find myself amazed and bewildered by how much can change, and yet how quickly change turns into routine. 18 months out and Cambridge is already 'two lives' ago. As I compiled the photos in this post I was struck by a profound sense of gratitude. I am incredibly … Continue reading Thoughts on 2019
What does it mean to say 'My Lord'?
Bad poetry seems to be the order of the week friends (sorry). A continuing theme of the last few years has been realising life's indeterminacy and navigating personal disappointments - both my own and those of friends'. At the end of my year in London I had to write a reflective essay, in which I … Continue reading they didn’t tell me about the grey
Recognition of worthiness unites wisdom and worship. This past week I've been thinking about this connection, and about holding together authority with vulnerability, justice with trust, and conviction with risk. I've been writing the below on a train to Manchester by way of processing. it strikes me that wisdom and worship are companions - in … Continue reading wisdom + worship
Maybe it's the nights getting colder, and the feeling of setting out home in the dark - but I've been thinking a lot about holding onto light this week. "Let there be light" God says, at the beginning of creation. "There will be no more night" promises Revelation. And yet, so often the darkness of … Continue reading holding to light
'Blessed are the peacemakers' When I think of peace, I think of white doves, olive branches and conscientious objectors. Peace requires solitude, demands silence, tastes bland, and is the preserve of the feeble and naïve. Being passionate about peace feels somewhat like an oxymoron. 'Blessed are the peacemakers' Sometime this year someone said, "peace belongs … Continue reading making peace
...you'll keep getting what you're getting"
Our choices are important, but they are not foreclosing of what is most important.
I remember a friend back in sixth form declaring to a chorus of outrage that she didn't get why Malala was getting so much attention - she had just managed to do the right thing at the right time. I understood the sentiment - I was just that much more ashamed to admit to it. … Continue reading Opinion: seeing the Greta tweets differently