Russell’s New Year’s (2021) Newsletter

Dear Friends, Never, in my lifetime, have people longed for one year to end and a new one to begin.  2020 has been a year to forget, but a year we will never forget.  So now our hopes are pinned on 2021.  However, a new year merely marks an arbitrary way of measuring time that, […]

Read More

Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – December 2020

Dear Friends, I am tempted to misquote Mr Spock in Star Trek: “It’s Christmas, Jim, but not as we know it!” Most of this year has been unpredictable and abnormal.  The next few weeks are going to be no different.  Families are facing awkward conversations about who is going to be in whose ‘Christmas 3-household […]

Read More

Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – July 2020

Dear Friends, Like all of us, I have read much over recent weeks about the current crisis: the causes of it, the handling of it, particularly by governments around the world, and where God is in the midst of tears, isolation and fear.  One of the most useful reflections was offered by Tom Wright (former […]

Read More

Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – April 2020

Dear Friends, They used to say in times gone by (BC – Before Coronavirus) that a week was a long time in politics.  As I look back to what I wrote for Reflections a month ago, it seems like a completely different world.  I didn’t even refer to Covid-19.  How naïve and short-sighted!  Within the […]

Read More

Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – March 2020

Dear Friends, ‘All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.’ In a single sentence our greatest playwright summed up the essential character and vocation of human beings. We are destined to perform on the public stage and play many parts. Whether we are natural or reluctant players, there’s no escaping […]

Read More

Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – January 2020

Dear Friends, Of all the images we have in our minds of Jesus, which dominate? The good shepherd? The healer? The crucified Christ? Christ risen from death? Traditionally at Christmas we’ve been encouraged to imagine Jesus as a plump baby surrounded by festive trimmings! If so, the Gospel reading we heard on the last Sunday […]

Read More