Son of Man by Dennis Potter

Son of Man

In this controversial play, Son of Man, Jesus is portrayed as a hearty, fiery, well-meaning carpenter who believes that people should try to love their enemies rather than fight all the time, but who is afraid of the consequences of his ministry. It was broadcast by the BBC in 1969 starring Colin Blakely as Jesus, … Continue reading Son of Man by Dennis Potter

Poem for Christmas


Incarnation When the source of everything chose to dwell within one fragile body of a nobody, greater than the universe, yet barely traversing more than a double span; God became a man. Omnipotent, now impotent, dependent, vulnerable to all life’s troubles; no cheating here nor chance of unfair advantage, but just life at its harshest. … Continue reading Poem for Christmas

Connections Weekend Course

conjugial love

The Connections residential weekend is at Purley Chase Centre, a retreat and conference centre surrounded by beautiful Warwickshire countryside. It is from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, 8th-10th February. The course will look at gender differences, origin of the sexes, heterosexual relationships and other sexual behaviour all in the light of Swedenborg’s spiritual teaching on … Continue reading Connections Weekend Course

Good news about rubbish!

Alida Brandenburg

Because, well, it seems like today we need some uplifting stories about kids. This is a teaser about the incredible upcoming documentary, Landfill Harmonic, “about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play instruments made from trash.” Sounds hard to believe, but watch and be blown away. A violin made out of garbage … Continue reading Good news about rubbish!

Dream sleep — How to understand it?


People have random eye movements under closed eyelids (REM) from time to time when they are asleep and if wakened at these times they report  dreaming. In this way sleep researchers found that most people dream for about a fifth of their sleeping time. A person of age seventy-five will not only have  slept twenty-five … Continue reading Dream sleep — How to understand it?

The cycle of life

winter season

Only when we get a ‘proper winter’ do we realise how harsh life can be and the news reporters delight in searching out the rural, remote and particularly exposed places where people have no choice but to get on with it and break the ice in animal drinking troughs or walk miles to fetch necessary … Continue reading The cycle of life

Christmas spirit – How do I foster it?

Christmas spirit

You want to experience the Christmas spirit but you feel uneasy. You will be with the relatives and in-laws, whom perhaps you don’t often see, and you want it to go well without too much family drama. But you know you will be spending a lot of time with perhaps a person or two you … Continue reading Christmas spirit – How do I foster it?

Religious superstition — Is that all religion is?

religious superstition

Religious superstition is associated with places like Sicily. This is the setting for the television series featuring Inspector Salvo Montabalno, played by Lucia Zingarent. The episodes are based on a series of novels by author Andrea Camilleri, one of Italy’s famous contemporary writers. According to the Sunday Telegraph newspaper: “The charm lies in the vivid … Continue reading Religious superstition — Is that all religion is?

Are you looking for me?

Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat. My shoulder is against yours. You will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine rooms, nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals: not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but vegetables. When … Continue reading Are you looking for me?