#21 in the Judging a Photograph Series . This is the second blog in a series of two faith blogs for this week. We’ve always looked down our noses at Father’s Day because it was invented by Hallmark Cards – or that’s the allegation, anyway. I have no evidence this is true. If it really was invented by a greetings card company then somehow it seems cheesy and not authentic. Compare it to Mothering Sunday, which is an actual part of the church calendar in Lent. And as it’s a man’s world, do Fathers really need a day? These sneering dismissals…

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Tim Farron, as leader of the Liberal Democrats and a Christian, was asked if he thought gay sex is a sin. He said no – eventually. He was wrong. What he should have said was this. “I find the idea abhorrent. God will judge us.” What did you say??!!?? I hope by now you are wondering where I am going with this. Because if you follow me on Twitter you will know I have a habit of retweeting Nathan Hamm, Glennon Doyle and anyone else who champions Christian love and inclusion for the LGBTQ community. (Go follow them now!) So…

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#10 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Mothering Sunday always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent. This is your heads up! Half way through, how is your Lent going? If you made a resolution, after a while it becomes hard to follow, and having an event to mark the middle of Lent is a good way to reset and try again. Perhaps you can find a little encouragement too. The History of Mothering Sunday You may already know the origin of Mothering Sunday in history. It was the day that congregations of smaller churches within a parish would travel to visit…

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Christmas is a twelve day feast and the last day is 5th January. But by about the 2nd January the spell is broken and most of us have a strong desire to take down the decorations and move on. Through the Christmas period I was either hosting visitors, or away being hosted, or nursing a sick child so I didn’t publish a blog. I did write this on Christmas Eve and I feel that as it is still technically Christmas, I can get away with sharing it now. I learned recently that at the time of Jesus’ birth the shepherds…

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I have mixed feelings about the lead-up to Christmas and Advent specifically. I love how excited my children get. I love that use their leftover Halloween sweets to stuff the pockets of their advent stockings. I love being invited to Christmas events (not many of these, but hey!) and I love it when the Christmas cards begin arriving in the post. I like the free mince pies at the Christmas concert and I don’t care that the mulled wine is a little sour, as long as it’s hot and alcoholic. The flip side is the stress which builds up. I…

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