Community Ethos

Wisdom to Live By – Matthew 12:43-45

A Quiet Day Reflection from Trevor Miller This obscure scripture passage is part of our Day 15 meditation in Celtic Daily Prayer – linked to Day 14 and Day 16 prayers for Holy Island – with its recognition of the reality of spiritual warfare. William Barclay called it a ‘compact and eerie little parable about […]

A Future and a Hope – Part 2

A transcript of a talk by Trevor Miller (continued from Part 1) So as this New Year continues to unfold, let’s resolve to seek God but to do so fully aware 1] That we don’t know the future but God knows Imagine God planning for our future! He desires us to have hope – a […]

A Future and a Hope – Part 1

A transcript of a talk by Trevor Miller   I’ll start with some good news – it’s only 330 days to Christmas. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it that another year has passed. However, as we’re still less than a month into the New Year; we are still in that time frame when we think […]

On finding a Spiritual Director

A reflection by Trevor Miller I recall during a visit to Ireland reading in the vestibule of the Franciscan Church in Killarney, a simple definition of spiritual direction. It was the notice said, ‘not about giving answers. It was about helping each other to hear the voice of God in life’s experience and to discover […]

The discipline of knowing your limitations

A Reflection by Trevor Miller. One of my all-time favourite children’s books when our kids were little had a great title, ‘Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day’. We’ve all had them, when the ‘never rains but it pours’ syndrome brings back-to-back disappointments. Here is an excerpt: ‘I went to sleep with […]

Waymarks for Community and Community Groups Part 2

The second part of a talk on waymarks given by Trevor Miller. We have been stressing the importance of waymarks. That as a Community we need to stop from time-to-time and take the opportunity to retrace our steps, and look for the waymarks that tell us we are on course. As Jeremiah 6:16 ‘Ask for […]

Listening to God

A transcript of a retreat talk given by Trevor Miller. President FD Roosevelt got tired of the many White House receptions where all he did was smile his famous big smile and utter the usual banalities to the awed guests. One day he decided to find out whether anybody was listening and paying attention to […]

Building the New on Foundations of Old

A retreat talk given by Trevor Miller in Bradford Cathedral. This familiar theme is taken from Paul Brain’s song Alone/Together – ‘building the new on foundations of old.’ This one sentence captures an indispensable truth – that an understanding of our foundations; our background and history is essential because it gives us a sense of […]

Waymarks for Community and Community Groups Part 3

The third part of a talk on waymarks given by Trevor Miller. Following the previous two parts we now turn to practicalities. We acknowledge that one major way to express our ethos and life is through meeting as Community Groups but how can this be achieved when they are so diverse? Here are some principles […]

Waymarks for Community and Community Groups Part 1

The first part of a talk on Waymarks given by Trevor Miller. An important lesson for us as a Community is well captured in the prayer towards the end of our Brendan Liturgy, ‘Lord, I will trust You, help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave […]