Monthly Archives: December 2011

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God in a shed

The final scene from ‘A Christmas Journey’, an interactive walk through nativity run by Grange Park Church. God in a Shed. When we remove the twee Christmas stereotypes of a nice comfy stable with all the happy animals around, and … Continue reading

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The decline of Main Street USA and the decline of community

This quote, which comes in a chapter describing the Main Street in a typical US small town in the 1930s (in this case, River Park, Minnesota), sums up the uniqueness of a third place and the benefits it has to … Continue reading

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We need more German beer gardens in the world.

I’ve been reading Ray Oldenburg’s book about third places – those places that are neither home nor work but which allow individuals in a community to come alongside each other, relax and let off steam. He contends that these are … Continue reading

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diocesan conference

I’ve just returned from a very enjoyable Diocesan Conference for clergy and lay leaders. Over 300 church leaders from the Dioceses of Peterborough gave up 3 days in their parishes to come together to worship, learn and relax. Relaxation was … Continue reading

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