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Re-writing history

Cartoon image of George W. Bush re-writing history

Just a brief blog post today: A fascinating set of thoughts from ‘the Dark Side of the Moon’ where Yellow Stevens points out the re-writing of history going on in certain quarters around the debate on women in the episcopate.

He notes Forward in Faith (and other groups in similar shoes) like to portray the debate in terms of saying:

“that they have stayed the same and the Church of England has moved. It is now a liberal dying Church that doesn’t believe anything, so they have no choice but to abandon the sinking ship and head for the lifeboats and wait for the Roman rescue liner.”

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‘it ain’t what ya’ do, its da way dat ya do it’

photo of Fun Boy Three's single - it ain't what you do

It isn’t often that you are going to find Rt Revd David Stancliffe, former Bishop of Salisbury, and Bananarama mentioned in the same sentence. Indeed, they cut very different figures in my own memories.

For me, Bishop David will always be in my mind immaculately dressed. I guess you have to be a Bishop to attempt bright red socks – but from his socks upwards, I never knew him anything less than a very, very smart chair of the Liturgical Commission, someone I got to know through my days with Church House Publishing.

On the other hand, Fun Boy Three and Bananarama hold a different memory in my mind. As a ten year old boy, just discovering music and Top of the Pops, I remember watching three men and three women (the men on their way down from ‘The Specials’ era, the girls on their way up to future pop legend) bouncing around singing ‘it ain’t what ya’ do, its da way dat ya do it’ as fairly ragged, big haired, messy eighties stars in overgrown jumpers. Read more

Fresh Expressions?

A photo of cat litter called 'Fresh Expressions'

Some friends of mine in the USA sent this photo to me a few months ago and I’ve only just got around to sharing it with the world.

I presume this is well-known in the USA, but it certainly brings a new slant on the phrase ‘Fresh Expressions’ for those of us in the UK.

(and no, this is not a comment on what I think of the ‘Fresh Expressions’ church movement in the Church of England.)