Author: Mary Vickers

May 11, 2020

Social and other distancing…..

In the last eight weeks or so we’ve all learned a new vocabulary.  Shielding has always meant protection, but last year internet searches for shielding were mostly about protecting ourselves against electricity or radia
May 4, 2020

Rainbows – signs of hope…..

On my daily walks at the moment, I see so many rainbows.  Many are stuck in windows having been coloured by children – or maybe adults.  Others are drawn in chalk on the pavement.  A few are painted or drawn on the wa
April 29, 2020

From ‘me’ to ‘we’

Course - Week 6 - Connections Last Friday’s reflection highlighted the fact that all people have a role to play however large, small, or apparently insignificant their work or life appears to be.  I used to spend a fai
April 27, 2020

Workers’ Memorial Day

Tomorrow, 28th April, is Workers’ Memorial Day.  This is an international event remembering those who’ve died at work, or as a result of their work, and renewing our pledge to fight for safety at work for all. This
April 24, 2020

There are no passengers…..

Course - Week 6 - Connections In the book 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, there is the famous - or infamous - line: “all pigs are equal but some are more equal than others.” We are all interconnected in life but are
April 23, 2020

A person in need is a person indeed

Course - Week 5 - Compassion One of the ongoing debates in contemporary society is whether to give money to those who ask for it in the street.  I recall last year a local newspaper report asking that shoppers do not giv
April 22, 2020

Love your neighbour as yourself

Course - Week 5 - Compassion Loving your neighbour as yourself is the second of the two ‘great commandments’ in the Gospels.  It comes straight after the command to love God with all our hearts.  But some say it is
April 20, 2020

Red letter days are important…..

This coming week is full of ‘red letter days’.  Tuesday is the Queen’s birthday, Thursday is St George’s Day, and Saturday is St Mark’s Day.  Thursday and Friday also mark the start of Ramadan – a really im
April 17, 2020

Compassion: bringing life to dry bones

Course - Week 5 - Compassion I love many of the Old Testament stories.  They’re often so expressive, and full of feeling.  One of the more well-known ones is the ‘The Valley of Dry Bones’.  This great vision fro
April 16, 2020

What is luxury?

Course - Week 5 - Compassion Being compassionate is a genuine outcome for any Christian who follows Christ’s example and tries to model their life on him. A colleague from India shared a story about how he learnt abo