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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Living With Integrity




It's a struggle, isn’t it? To try and ensure all our decisions are the best they can be in moral and ethical terms. And what happens time and again, if this is our aim, is that we discover more and more complexity about the decisions we make.

For this reason, we hold breakfast meetings in our villagesonce every other month to discuss such issues. Occasionally we invite a local expert to come and share thoughts with us but more often we simply pool what information we can collectively glean on a topic to see if that helps. Sometimes our thinking gets to the stage where we feel it is worth sharing with others so we may organize an event to draw attention to it. Given this brief description, it will not be a surprise to hear that we have run a number of Fairtrade events and at our most recent meeting this past weekend we committed ourselves to producing a simple pamphlet entitled ‘Let’s Be Foodwise’ which stemmed out of a discussion on the enormous scandal of Food waste at so many different levels.

 Our purpose is to
·      Provide opportunities for discussion on issues where we can promote justice and environmental concerns.
·      Seek to understand how we might respond responsibly to such issues
·      Offer these ideas to our communities

As chair of the group, I can say that this is the most energetic discussion forum, I have ever chaired – and in my professional past, I have chaired a great number. I would definitely commend the idea to others

If this initiative interests you, you may like to get a further glimpse of what we do from our 2014 programme shown below
 Inside of leaflet
Cover of leaflet



And you might be interested to read about ‘Fairphone’ at the following link Fairphone.com
or add our Facebook Page Here to your favourites

As you will see, most of this blog is devoted to poetry. If you would be interested to see some of the 'Living With Integrity' themes reflected in verse you will find them by clicking here: 'Care of the Planet' collection.

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'