Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – October 2019

Dear Friends, Nicola and I have entered a strange new world as our youngest son went off to university last month.  We are now ‘empty nesters’.  According to Wikipedia: “All parents are susceptible to empty nest syndrome… Symptoms of empty nest syndrome can include depression, a sense of loss of purpose, feelings of rejection, or […]

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Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – July 2019

Dear Friends, Below is an edited version of my address to this year’s AGM: Last week I had an interesting religious experience in the National Gallery. I was still recovering from 2 days of meetings in Leeds discussing all sorts of things about ministry in the United Reformed Church. The discussions were long and inconclusive […]

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Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – June 2019

Dear Friends, According to the spiritual writer David Adam, if spring represents the incoming tide, summer is the full tide of our lives, a time of depth and growth. It is the time when we achieve much and shape who we are.  It is a time to seek to enjoy life and live it to […]

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Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – May 2019

Russell’s Monthly Newsletter Dear Friends, The Manse, over Easter, was the focus of intensive revision.  Cam was revising for his university finals and Ross for his A levels.  I, too, was in the business of revision – but not in the same sense as Cam and Ross who were swatting for exams.  But their revision […]

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Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – March 2019

Dear Friends, I am writing this on Valentine’s Day, conscious that you will be reading this next month, at the beginning of Lent. The two events, separated by a few weeks this year, are very much related to one another, because they both celebrate love: God’s love for us, and romantic love. We can learn […]

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Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – February 2019

February 2019 Dear Friend’s It is always good when you have known about something wonderful or fascinating, like a good book or TV series, that others eventually catch on to and enjoy as well.  I discovered Marie Kondo and the ‘konmari’ method of tidying and de-cluttering a couple of years ago but now she is […]

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Russell’s New Year 2019 Newsletter

January 2019 Dear Friends, As the old-time sailing ships crossed by each other on the vast oceans of the world, they used to shout ‘Whither bound?’ It’s a good question to ask ourselves at the start of a New Year. Whither bound?’ Where are we heading? And what course do we need to follow? No […]

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