The Panther

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Today’s Thoughts on a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke (English translation of the poem here.) Der PantherSein Blick ist vom Vorübergehn der StäbeSo müd geworden, dass er nicht mehr hält.Ihm ist, als ob es tausend Stäbe gäbeUnd hinter tausend Stäben keine Welt.Der weiche Gang geschmeidig... Continue Reading →

On teaching about religion

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- This week at UWC Robert Bosch College, I begin teaching a unit on religion as part of the course ‘Theory of Knowledge’. It’s a theme that students can sign up for if they wish. I certainly find the relationship between knowledge and religion fascinating. The... Continue Reading →

“… But you remain the same.”

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- About 500 years before Christ was born, lived a philosopher named Heraclitus. A quote that has survived 2500 years is the following - “The only thing constant is change”. Like all of us today he recognised that there is very little in our lives that... Continue Reading →

Do not be dismayed!

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- "There are 29 references to the word dismay in the Old Testament, nearly all of them have to do with the instruction “do not be dismayed”.  This is a word that we seldom use today but means to be intimidated, discouraged or thoroughly disheartened. I... Continue Reading →

Dawn from on high

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- For the past few years, the Church of England's Morning Prayer (Daily Office) had been my companion at the start of the day. Of course there were weeks (and even months) of me falling out of the habit of praying these words. Also, the way... Continue Reading →

Brother Lawrence and our quiet time

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- A few years ago, on a weekend away, we heard about Brother Lawrence. He was a 17th Century French lay monk. He started off working in the kitchen of the monastery. Even though his job was the lowly work of cooking the simple dishes for... Continue Reading →

Post Holidays Blues

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- When I saw what date for a meditation I had been assigned, I paused and wondered what significance such a date had for me, what might be the focus of my musings… December 29th.  Hmmmm.  The first thing that came to mind was the feeling... Continue Reading →

My Elf on the Shelf

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- I have a confession to make: I find The Little Drummer Boy to be one of the most touching Christmas songs ever! I don’t know how this happened, but a few years ago all the sudden this song reduced me to tears, and it still... Continue Reading →

Go and sit in the sun!

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- One of the many benefits of a mid-week meditation is that we know the weather forecast for the rest of the week. And the good news is: it will be sunny!!! For all of us who are familiar with the rigors of the German winter,... Continue Reading →

Now is the day of salvation

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- As we are getting closer to yet another lockdown, with viral infections peaking at rates not seen before, and with yet another morphed variant of the SARS-Cov-2 family starting to spread, there is a lot of sadness and disappointment, and also bickering and backbiting. So... Continue Reading →

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