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Haddon Willmer tells how one particular hymn brings back one particular memory

March 1, 2020 Haddon's Blog
Thumbnail image for Haddon Willmer tells how one particular hymn brings back one particular memory We sang this hymn this morning at our early service and it brought back certain memories. It did not so much bring back memories, nostalgically, but rather gave me another chance to be thankful that I was early rooted in the good news of God and remain so, despite all the powers of darkness.  When morning […]
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A Suggestion for Christmas from Haddon Willmer

November 4, 2019 Haddon's Blog
Thumbnail image for A Suggestion for Christmas from Haddon Willmer Here is a book to give for Christmas. Buy it from Hive, (, get it post-free, and support your local independent bookseller at the same time. It is written for little children, so its words are few and simple, and the pictures pointed.   But don’t give it to a child. It is really for adults. […]
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‘Team God’ – a word on Trinity Sunday by Haddon Willmer

June 19, 2019 Haddon's Blog
The doctrine of the Trinity states that God is ‘One in three persons’, but that should not lead us to think there are three gods, or even three parts of God, operating independently from one another, for God is one in a most perfect unity.  Nowhere in the New Testament, the earliest Christian witnesses we […]
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Talking on the cliff edge – Leave/Remain – Haddon Willmer urges Church to engage in conversation on the Brexit debate

April 10, 2019 Haddon's Blog
This post begins with an extract from a feature that appeared in the Guardian on April 15th. It tells of the many difficult conversations that had to take place before the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. It continues with an article by Haddon Willmer in which he writes about the need for […]
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Tell me what is wrong with Rudyard Kipling’s Man, by Haddon Willmer

March 19, 2019 Haddon's Blog
In 1995, Rudyard Kipling’s  If  was voted the most popular poem in England.  Like much of this great writer’s work it is embarrassingly controversial.  There are lines in this poem that make us say, That’s right – it would be good to be like that. There are others where we shake our heads, as a […]
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Haddon Willmer invites you to meet Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his poems from prison – 7.30pm, MBC, 9 April 2019 

March 16, 2019 Haddon's Blog
The Poems.  In his ten prison poems, Dietrich Bonhoeffer  breaks out of the disciplined reticence of a learned Prussian theologian, and comes into the light as a human being, struggling with loneliness and fear and anger, suffering  as war and bad government and loss of faith and love destroyed humanity, all  the while trusting in […]
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“Intrusions of Grace: Musings at a Way Station” Elizabeth Davey

January 15, 2019 Haddon's Blog
Haddon Willmer became friends with Elizabeth Davey (pictured below) in the years she was working for her doctorate at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, resulting in her book, A Persevering Witness: the poetry of Margaret Avison (Pickwick, 2016). Avison was a Canadian Christian whose often teasing mysterious poetry is there for us to read […]
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Another word where silence is NOT ON! Haddon Willmer adds to his 7 November blog:

November 20, 2018 Haddon's Blog
Two quotes from George Monbiot’s article:  The earth is in a death spiral  –   It was a moment of the kind that changes lives. At a press conference held by climate activists Extinction Rebellion last week, two of us journalists pressed the organisers on whether their aims were realistic. They have called, for example, for […]
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Facing up to climate change – a revised version of a challenging sermon Haddon Willmer recently preached at Trinity URC in Sheffield

November 7, 2018 Haddon's Blog
If you dislike this sermon, blame it on this, that I have recently been reading both Jeremiah and the Guardian.   So I think I ought to talk about climate change, though it is difficult to do.  May I do so? The IPCC ( recently warned  that  if the rise in global temperature was more than […]
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Why church?

September 7, 2018 Haddon's Blog
Haddon Willmer recommends this feature by Dawn Foster, a Guardian columnist. The first paragraph is reproduced here but the whole piece can by accessed on line by following the link in the body of the post.
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