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Malcolm Guite brings the poets of old to dinner with us in some stunning poetry.
In the times when we all need comfort the most, and home, and anchoring, I reach for the rusty griddle and I teach a new little link in the chain, how to make Welsh cakes.
The sober introvert’s joy at a party is rejoicing in the joy of one’s friends.
One of the links in the chain of goodness and resistance is the symbiosis of food and faith.
This table is whence all goodness flows, it is where we can be honest about who we are, who we really are. This is how fear falls away, because this is perfect love, and perfect love casts out fear.
Watch Giles Fraser and Richard Coles live from their kitchens about the ‘terroir of place and faith’, the gustatory joys of rural ministry, the religious significance of home, and the dangers of posting food pictures on Twitter.
This is the challenge for the Church today; to reconnect the spiritual potential that bursts out of an area of life like winemaking, with the underlying reality of God’s vision for creation.
For this small parish wine has afforded a God-given opportunity to connect with parishioners who would not sign up to a Bible study and who may not watch online worship.
In Christ, we are more than the sum of our parts, more than any number of fragmentary episodes. It is my faith that all those moments, fragments which make up the broken whole, might be gathered up and made something much, much more.