Category Archives: Spirituality

Photo A Day – December 4: Black and white #FMSphotoaday

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT a black and white photo that adds drama and impact. This was not taken today, but on the day of our civil partnership on 6th May. It is one of my favourite photos of the year, too good not to share. My partner and I are poised on the threshold of the church as the minister prepares… Read more »

Photo A Day – December 2: Peace #FMSphotoaday

TODAY IS THE FIRST Sunday in Advent, the time of preparation for the Christian celebration of Christmas. Each of the four candles reminds us of those who prepared the way for the coming of Jesus: The first is for the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the forefathers of the Hebrew people and the founders of Judaism. The second is for… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 30: On the wall #FMSphotoaday

‘HOW DEEP dare I go? How far might I reach?’ These challenging questions form part of a framed display of the life story St Ignatius of Loyola on the wall of Loyola Hall Jesuit Spirituality Centre in Merseyside. I went there with an early draft of of my ‘coming out’ story to make an eight day silent retreat, with the… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 26: In the cupboard #FMSphotoaday

AS I LEFT home this morning, workmen were installing Christmas decorations on the street lights outside our house. It seems a little early to be putting up decorations, but I suppose it is only four weeks until Christmas Eve. Our decorations remain in the cupboard. This year we will be with my family in London for Christmas, but we will… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 25: Sky #FMSphotoaday

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TODAY THE SKY was ‘dunduckety grey’, as my mother might say. ‘What’s dunduckety grey?’ you ask.  ‘The colour of a mouse’s diddy,’ she would reply. So instead of a dull rectangle of sodden sky, I thought I’d share the one we’d rather see on days like this. Taken a few weeks ago as I walked to work, this is the… Read more »

Photo A Day – Day 23: Black #FMSphotoaday

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THIS YEAR was the first time I heard of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the USA which officially marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Some British online retailers like Past Times and Curry’s have begun to get in on the act, promoting huge discounts ahead of the December rush by last-minute shoppers. Even the bookshop at… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 22: Grateful #FMSphotoaday

AT THE young people’s charity where I run the LGBT youth group, these thank you cards stand on the bookcase behind my desk. On days when deadlines loom and papers topple off the piles in my in-tray, these good wishes, from young people I have supported, volunteers I have managed, and students we have trained, remind me what motivates me… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 18: Happened this weekend #FMSphotoaday

ON THE THIRD Sunday of each month in Liverpool, a church service for LGBT Christians takes place. This month it looks forward to Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) , which takes place on Tuesday. TDOR is commemorated on November 20th each year to remember and bear witness to the lives lost due to transphobia in the past year. This year 265 names… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 13: Sleep #FMSphotoaday

THIS IS the dream catcher that hangs over the bed where I sleep. Last night it seemed to be faulty. I woke in the early hours, tired after a long day, worried about work and another busy week. Some native American tribes believed dream catchers filter dreams. Fashioned to look like a spider’s web, they were intended to catch any harm… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 9: Small #FMSphotoaday

‘IF YOU THINK you’re too small to make a difference, try spending the night with a mosquito.’ — African proverb.   I’m cheating again as this is not my own photo, but it has been a busy week, and this is the most interesting response I could think of for the ‘Small’ theme. It also reminds me of the inspirational… Read more »