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Rites of Passage | Atheists Marking Life’s Big Events

Interesting piece in this week’s Time Out: atheist Tim Arthur talks about the privilege of being asked to be ‘celebrant’ of friends’ marriages. He has done so four times, and wonders if he’s asked because he is a theatre director and has a degree in religious studies: people think he’s like a vicar, and he [...]

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Off to Greenbelt.

Always a high point of the year. Always leaves me sad that the summer is almost over, and work beckons again after 7 weeks off

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Wise Traveller…

Just out is this set of three books of reflections, to which I contributed 8 or 9 pieces. Nice thoughts for the journey to pop in and out of. Here’s one I submitted for book titled ‘Loss‘ Fruit I want to change the fruits of my labours. When someone says ‘Apple’, I shouldn’t want sleek [...]

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Kernow | Surprised by Joy

It was a pensive flight back from Soliton on Sunday. After a riotous week on the theme of ‘Dangerous Living’, with not a little practical work thrown in too, the many great conversations I was privileged to share gave me a lot to mull over. That these happened around fire pits, or in restaurants being [...]

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The Human Dress | Signs Launch

Thanks to everyone who helped out to give Signs a fantastic launch last night. It was great to phrase it as a time of worship; the guys from the Bridge imagined different sections in terms of doing laundry. Out of that I wrote this piece, meditating on ‘the human dress’, beginning with a quote from [...]

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Another Day with the Soliton Geek Show

Technorati: Pete Rollins | Higgins | Russinger

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Violence in the Movies

So, I have just ducked out of the fine weather – lovely Ventura sunshine and cool ocean breeze – to see The Bourne Ultimatum with Dr’s Huggins and Rolly-mo. The Great Huggster describes himself as a film buff. Which, I think, means he watches films in the buff. As if this information isn’t violence enough [...]

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Soliton | Think Not Whether The Serpent Exists, But What The Serpent Said

I can think of no better way to stretch my legs out over the Atlantic for 11 hours than flying with Pete. Like a couple of great insomniacs, we fell to talking some theology, which knocked out the 5 rows around us in no time. I think BA might actually contract us for overnight flights, [...]

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Your Digital Carbon Footprint

It’s obviously rich of me talking about this, flying as I am to LA on Monday, but it’s an often over-looked fact that the net runs on servers, and servers draw power. Nic mentioned the other day that a simple calculation of the server power-draw for Second Life, divided by the average number of users [...]

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Web 2.0 | It’s All About the Sacred | Festival and Carnival

I guess sometimes you can’t see the woods for the trees. I recently posted a piece about René Girard’s thoughts on the essentiality of the sacred to human experience – something Dawkins et al ignore in their anti-religion positions – and I also posted something on Facebook and friendship. But it took a beer with [...]

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