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new Dads needed for the 100m sprint – reflection on the South London Summer Camp

There are a few events and programs that I have been to while being part of our movement that with hindsight I have probably decided weren’t so valuable, but one annual date in the my family’s calendar is the South London summer camp, which I have never once regretted taking part in. It distils some […]

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The ripple effect

The ripple effect

A young lady in our congregation told me she wanted to start a fast the other day. She is waitressing at the same time most of the days in a restaurant and commuting in this icy weather. Since she has started I have been staying in touch by phone. So far she has been doing […]

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A day out – part one

Just waiting for my train to York to pull out of Kings Cross. I’m off for the day to go and visit an old friend from Uni who has been very unwell for many years and is quite house bound. Two other Uni friends are meeting up with me in York for the visit. Really […]

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recent experiences of learning to pray

Prayer is still far from being as much a natural part of daily life as I would like it to be. But here are a few recent thoughts on the prayer life journey of the Cooper family. Routine prayer is often difficult. And one of the prayer routines we have is that some of the […]

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taking advice, from a difficult younger sibling

Have you ever realised you should put your feelings aside and actually listen to someone who you normally disagree with, and who frequently annoys you? Recently my brother has been bullying me the way only a belligerent younger brother can. Since I have been working for our Dad the last year my brother thinks I […]

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top deck, back of the bus – observations on the E3

This morning a mother, looking late 30s but probably younger in age, got on the top deck of my E3 bus with two kids around year 5, a boy and a girl. It was busy and she was almost shouting at them where to sit. She was trying to be strict and in control. The […]

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Sleepy kids are clever

Amy just came up to our bedroom in the attic, thudding up the stairs with great determination. And got into our bed. I was thinking let one of us go back down with you and help you go back to sleep. I want to conserve the space in our bed. she wasn’t keen. I asked […]

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Christmas eve thoughts & conversations

driving back from dinner with the rest of the family in Wimbledon, & being half German we had opened our presents this evening, we were discussing going to our local church tomorrow morning, and how that meant not going to bed super late. The boys came up with some interesting arguments. “Didn’t we read in the […]

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let yourself be brought closer to God by your youngers

let yourself be brought closer to God by your youngers

when Jesus responded to the political question his disciples put to him, he didn’t answer first with words, but called a child over to stand in their midst as an example of what they should aspire to, when they think of ‘the kingdom’, or as we call it as Unificationists, Cheon Il Guk. I was speaking […]

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Chieko & I were going to bed, and I wanted to talk…

Chieko and I were going to bed and I wanted to talk about the little family meeting we had held earlier on before the kids went up stairs. I asked Chieko how she felt it went. She was tired so she didn’t say so much other than that she thought it was fine. So I […]

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