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A Reflection on closing down
Friday, 20th March 2020
I sat staring at a computer screen trying to find words that I could use that would explain why we had to close the Abbey.
A Reflection on isolation
Friday, 27th March 2020
Now, suddenly solitary, with a wife who is a head teacher in Bristol, it is time to get over myself.
A Reflection on time
Friday, 3rd April 2020
I came to Westminster just months ago, installed as the 39th Dean on 16th November. A new boy, with west country ways, they had to bring me up to speed quickly.
A Reflection for Good Friday
Friday, 10th April 2020
I was outside in the Abbey garden. The sun shone on cherry blossom and tulips. Spring ablaze before me, full of new life and promise.
A Reflection for Easter Day
Sunday, 12th April 2020
I grew up in a house where Easter could be a bit problematic. There were Easter eggs of course, but we were not churchgoers.
A Reflection on blame
Friday, 17th April 2020
The news is full of the spat between Mr Trump and the World Health Organisation. Here is an argument about how you explain what is happening to us and, perhaps, about who is to blame.
A Reflection on thanks
Friday, 24th April 2020
Each morning at round about the same time, I stand at the top of a staircase looking out of my temporary home onto the streets of Westminster.
A Reflection on Restlessness
Friday, 1st May 2020
Westminster has changed. I am living in a changed environment. Shops and offices are shut. Parks may be full, but the city pavements are deserted.
A Reflection on Frustration
Friday, 15th May 2020
This week, perhaps is the week of frustration. A change in the message – Stay Alert – a relaxation of some of the constraints and so many people seize an opportunity that they were longing for.
A Reflection on the Ascension
Friday, 22nd May 2020
If churches were open (and they are not), if public worship was held today (which it cannot be) and singers could sing (which they cannot) we might be hearing one of those familiar Ascension Day anthems, like God is gone up.
A Reflection on Legacy
Friday, 5th June 2020
This week, the Downing Street website announced that Her Majesty the Queen has given her approval to the appointment of a new Dean of Bristol.
A Reflection on history
Friday, 12th June 2020
I have been watching the film of Edward Colston’s statue emerging from Bristol’s Floating Harbour. The statue stood on the city centre Watershed, perhaps five hundred metres from Bristol Cathedral.