Author Archives: anna

Hello from James

James Denley joined the community in June 2017 and introduces himself: I went to study outdoor education over at the University of Derby in 2012 and continued with my passion for outdoor pursuits. After this I somehow ended up working … Continue reading

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Banned Music Night

We were excited to start the “banned” series with the young people with an evening exploring controversial music and controversy itself a little bit. It turned out to be really interesting. We started with Jesus Christ Superstar and picked our … Continue reading

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Hospitality IV

This is the final post in the Hospitality series. I can hardly wait to tell you the news: three new members are living with us. The next post will introduce them. Living generously Being available to others is one of … Continue reading

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Hospitality III

Breaking bread When Jesus visited Martha and Mary, Martha was aware that the body isn’t nourished by the Spirit alone and that ‘someone here has got to do the cooking’ for the hungry travellers. Unfortunately, it isn’t enjoyable to stay … Continue reading

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Hospitality II

Beautiful memories from Morbacka Retreat Home came back while I looked through old photos for this post. All the pictures were taken in January 2007. I hope one day we will hold annual young adults’ pilgrimage weekends at Lunesdale Community; … Continue reading

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Hospitality

The next few blog posts are a translation of an article which was originally written by myself in Finnish for a publication of Hiljaisuuden Ystävät (Friends of Silence) in February 2017. It feels appropriate to speak about this topic on … Continue reading

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Christ is risen!

I tried to dedicate Lent to pondering the question ‘why did Jesus have to die’. Or, maybe more accurately, questioning the question. My Lenten reading was the Stature of Waiting (W.H. Vanstone, 1982) alongside our house group book The Things … Continue reading

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Light in the darkness

Early winter’s morning a single flame shines a little light. It brings the whole room to life shadows of angel chimes in the ceiling. The contrast makes darkness visible. Your light in every living thing. Lord, in your presence our … Continue reading

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Breathing in the Divine

Did you know that your very first and your last breath in this life are prayer? I came across this thought in a video where Richard Rohr spoke about the Yahweh prayer. Apparently the letters of the Hebrew word Yahweh … Continue reading

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One thing I ask

In the summer while travelling and staying with people it seemed very difficult to maintain a pattern of personal prayer. I more or less manged to do a bit of reading and reflection in the mornings before getting out of … Continue reading

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