Russell’s September 2015 Newsletter

ear Friends, It has been a fascinating summer of travelling for the Furley-Smiths, with at least 5 European countries visited (Greece, Albania, France, Belgium and Germany) and the opportunity to meet lots of interesting people, from even more countries.  Throughout the whole experience I remain amazed, particularly given my well-known inability to master any language […]

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Russell’s June 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends, This month the nation commemorates the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Effectively the first written constitution in European history, the Magna Carta is widely acknowledged as the foundation of British law, and is credited with influencing legal systems and frameworks across the globe: from the US Declaration of Independence to the Universal […]

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Russell’s May Newsletter

Dear Friends, For the majority of my lifetime the Church in the Western World has been going through an identity crisis. Participation in ‘organised religion’ has been on the decline and ‘church’ has been seen to be more and more irrelevant to the lives of individuals. Of course there are notable exceptions, but for denominations […]

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Russell’s Newsletter – Easter 2015

April 2015 Dear Friends, “It doesn’t make any sense!” the elderly woman said to her visitor. “That daffodil has reseeded itself in the concrete! And it’s changed colour and its now a double daffodil. I can’t explain how it has happened but somehow it has. See for yourself.” She took the visitor to the back […]

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Russell’s March 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends, Recently many of us were moved by the commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In the manse, with Cameron’s cello resting on its stand in the corner of the dining room where he practices, we were particularly struck by the story of a survivor, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who escaped […]

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Russell’s New Year 2015 Newletter

Dear Friends, Welcome to 2015. I wonder how well you are doing in keeping those New Year resolutions. Whilst I am sure that my GP would wish that I was sticking rigidly to a new regime of plenty of exercise, healthy diet and generally stress-free living, I will have long failed by the time Reflections […]

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Russell’s Christmas 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends, Christmas 2014 will seem very strange at Purley URC. Partly because some good and valued friends, whom we have been mourning recently, will not be with us. Also, though, because for the first time in so many years, there will not be the usual Christmas Day Lunch. The lunch, entertainment and tea on […]

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