Learning to Nourish the Human Spirit

A blog space for reflections, essays and reviews from Sarum College staff.

Sarum Pause for Reflection: When the Wheels Come off

Reflection Children’s playthings – they often go missing in public places. Kind-hearted people find them, and put them somewhere they are likely to be seen by a parent who comes back searching. I hope that toy was safely re-united with … Read more

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Lock-Down Poetry: Five Songs – a Holy Week Sequence

Contribution to our poetry series on the Sarum College Blog, by Mark Pryce The images come from taking walks at night or in the early morning when the skies seemed particularly evocative of an inner, spiritual experience. The words did … Read more

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Lock Down Poetry- Distancing

The first item in our poetry series on the Sarum College Blog, by Mark Pryce The poem picks up on the variety of language being used by public health advisers and journalists to describe the 2m gap – the length … Read more

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Lock-Down Poetry – an Introduction

An introduction to our poetry series on the Sarum College Blog, by Mark Pryce The physical and clinical impact of Covid-19 is immense, and the psychological and emotional impact no less so: a virus which many of us find deeply … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: Wide Spaces

Reflection A new wildflower meadow in my village! Almost, but not quite visible from my study window, so a most pleasant surprise on a recent walk. This is not a set-aside field: it is (was) prime agricultural land de-commissioned from … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: Pink on Green

Reflection A splash of colour in ancient wood­land – it brightens up any walk.  Some lupins were in a distant sunlit glade: a glow of pink so sudden and vivid it seemed vastly improbable to the naked eye, and foxed … Read more

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Stations of Hope from The Diocese of Bath and Wells

15 people give a short reflection on what they have let go of, what they miss, what they have found and what they want to hold on to from this time of crisis. Each reflection includes a Bible passage and … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: Learning to Walk

Reflection “I never thought a Red Kite could look cute,” observed my walking companion, as we watched two birds of prey playing in a windswept sky above the Chilterns scarp. For several minutes they practised the near-vertical dive and the … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: God’s Love is a Constant

Reflection A glassy sea of white, a smoky haze, and creatures full of eyes … No, not a scene from the biblical book of Revelation, just cows in the mist: resting in a field set with masses of oxeye daisies, … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: No Rubbish in Paradise

Reflection Nature-reserve wardening is not all about observing cute fauna & flora. Sometimes I need to remind myself, 99% of visitors take 99% of their stuff with them when they leave.  Others don’t – as illustrated in the photograph.  The … Read more

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