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The Fellowship of Silence

From 2012-2018 I was the vicar of the church of St John the Baptist in Newcastle city centre. I’d been in post for about a year when one Sunday afternoon I received a telephone call from a woman asking if the church was open and whether she could pop in for a visit. She also wanted to know...

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An Interview

As well as being a meditation teacher, I am also a priest. In this interview, which was never published, I answer a series of questions about the spiritual path, and my own sense of calling.

What does it mean to seek God? 

To seek God is to seek that which is ultimately real and true. And it...

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Podcast Interviews

I've been wondering whether to start a Just Meditation podcast, as another way of promoting the learning and practice of meditation, alongside the Just Meditation Blog.

Over the years, I've been a guest on other people's podcasts, and it does seem to be a good medium for talking in greater...

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Why Tantalus?

Corny as it may sound, I have always wanted to be a writer. As a teenager I dreamt of writing a great work of philosophy, the definitive once and for all answer to the big questions about the meaning of life. 

Needless to say I didn’t get very far.

In my late teens and early twenties I...

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Into Great Silence

Review of Into Great Silence (Die Große Stille), dir. Philip Gröning

Unlikely as it may seem, the hidden life of the Carthusians has been brought to the big screen. But don’t go to the cinema expecting a history lesson, or a fly-on-the-wall documentary about life in a monastery....

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A Month of Sundays

“The first forty-eight hours are the worst,” said a Benedictine monk of my acquaintance when I told him I was going to be spending a month at Parkminster. “But if you can get through that you’ll be fine!” he added cheerfully.

Helpful advice, no doubt, but still...

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