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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
Thumbnail image for Talking on the cliff edge – Leave/Remain – Haddon Willmer urges Church to engage in conversation on the Brexit debate 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
Thumbnail image for Tell me what is wrong with Rudyard Kipling’s Man, by Haddon Willmer 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
Thumbnail image for Haddon Willmer invites you to meet Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his poems from prison – 7.30pm, MBC, 9 April 2019  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
Thumbnail image for “Intrusions of Grace: Musings at a Way Station” Elizabeth Davey 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
Thumbnail image for Another word where silence is NOT ON! Haddon Willmer adds to his 7 November blog: Two quotes from George Monbiot’s article:  The earth is in a death spiral  –  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/14/earth-death-spiral-radical-action-climate-breakdown   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
Thumbnail image for Facing up to climate change – a revised version of a challenging sermon Haddon Willmer recently preached at Trinity URC in Sheffield 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 (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report) recently warned  that  if the rise in global temperature was more than […]
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Why church?

September 7, 2018 Haddon's Blog
Thumbnail image for Why church? 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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Boys in the Cave an article by Haddon Willmer

July 6, 2018 Haddon's Blog
Thumbnail image for Boys in the Cave an article by Haddon Willmer Of course, we are concerned for the faraway boys in the cave in Thailand and pray for their full rescue. We do not just feel for them, we feel with them. Though we are not in a cave under a mountain, is not our plight in life well pictured in theirs? Lost in DarknessThose who […]
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The Judge is the Savior: Towards a Universalist Understanding of Salvation by Jean Wyatt… Haddon Willmer shares his thoughts

June 24, 2018 Haddon's Blog
Thumbnail image for The Judge is the Savior: Towards a Universalist Understanding of Salvation by Jean Wyatt… Haddon Willmer shares his thoughts Jean Wyatt, The Judge is the Savior: Towards a Universalist Understanding of Salvation Resource Publications, Wipf and Stock, 2015 (xviii + 223 pp) Here is a book that comes from decades of caring thought and spiritual wrestling. Jean Wyatt begins with a story from 1974 when she and her family were worshipping in a friendly […]
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Haddon Willmer – Mariner: a voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge

April 15, 2018 Haddon's Blog
Thumbnail image for Haddon Willmer – Mariner: a voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge The poet, theologian and Christian Malcolm Guite (left) has written a marvellous book, Mariner: a voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge  (Hodder, 2017). I got it early this week and could not put it down.  Now I would like to press it upon as many friends as I can.  Coleridge (1772-1834), a brilliant poet, philosopher and […]
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