In another place, this blog was described as “the ruminations of a perambulent and distracted sojourner” or something like that. I have often frustrated fellow pilgrims because I do not see things in black or white, or even shades of grey. Like the universe and even my computer pixelation, there are millions of colours and tints and hues, and that’s how I often see things. Can you get a straight answer from me? Yes – but it may take me a while to get there – after all Myers-Briggs tells me I am an INFJ, whatever that means!
An updated bio – I have “repositioned” (an alternative word to “retired”) following four and a half decades of ordained ministry with Churches of Christ in Australia. I live with my wife in Ashby, a liminal suburb/ semi-rural zone in the north of Perth. Having now stepped onto the beach-head of these more leisurely years, I see myself acting as a minister at large, serving where I’m called and continuing to offer my services as a spiritual director.
I dabble in reading, painting, computers, cinema, bushwalking and a number of other pastimes that sometimes distract me, but often help me focus on my main task of recognising where Christ is present in those with whom I travel through this life.
My exemplars in faith beyond those I have met in flesh and blood include Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr, Francis of Assissi, Benedict of Nursa, Theresa of Avila, Aiden of Lindisfarne, Thomas & Alexander Campbell, and Barton Stone. My affinity with the Celtic saints may have something to do with family roots scattered throughout Cornwall and Northumberland. Yes, there are also bits in Yorkshire, Sussex, Portugal and Germany, so go figure!