Reflection on the Accra Confession

posted by Kaihsu Tai on April 25th, 2010

For a service at Saint Columba’s Church, 2010-04-25.

Cross at NatWest, Easter

Last time I spoke from this lectern, I started by talking about a bank branch a few metres down High Street. I am going to talk about banks again. A nationalized bank at that. Seventy percent of the Royal Bank of Scotland is owned by Her Majesty’s Treasury … well, the better name is the taxpayers’ Treasury, our Treasury. In turn, RBS owns the NatWest bank in England; we have a branch down the road. Before I get too much into the banks, let me take a detour, and talk about oil. I promise to come back to banks … ’cause that seems to be where the action’s at, these days.

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posted by Kaihsu Tai in Catechism, Creative Resistance, Easter, Environment, Oxford, Pentecost | on April 25th, 2010 | Permanent Link to “Reflection on the Accra Confession” | Comments Off on Reflection on the Accra Confession

A prayer for the Channel Tunnel

posted by Kaihsu Tai on January 10th, 2010

Father God, in the beginning,
you gathered the waters in one place to let dry lands appear.
In latter times,
you parted the waters to let your people pass into freedom;
you led your people with a pillar of fire in the darkness.
You said:
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you:
when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned;
neither shall the flame kindle upon you.”
“Fear not: for I am with you.”
We thank you for all this
and commit our journey today into your mighty hands.

Lord, have mercy; Christ, prends pitié; Heer, ontferm u over ons.
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posted by Kaihsu Tai in Hagiography, Itinerant Communicant, Pentecost, Prayer | on January 10th, 2010 | Permanent Link to “A prayer for the Channel Tunnel” | Comments Off on A prayer for the Channel Tunnel

Kyrie of the recycling centre

posted by Kaihsu Tai on December 7th, 2008

At the risk of obsessively praying about waste and recycling, I have this prayer to offer, which I trust to be sensibly Trinitarian.

(John Calvin was wrong. The Purgatory does exist. I have seen it with my own eyes, at the Redbridge recycling station.)recycling symbol

God our Creator, in your mercy:
Help us to learn how to live in Paradise, where nothing is wasted,
where we walk or cycle with you as you intended.
Bless the workers who sort our recycling,
who, as befit people created in your image, re-create order out of chaos.

Kyrie eleison.

Christ our Saviour, in your mercy:
Remove us from the flashy sports cars and the 4×4s (SUVs)
which only speed us to the incinerating Armageddon.
Remind us of your crown, when we see the thornbushes growing over the landfill.
Remind us of your Cross, whenever we see smokestacks or wind turbines on the hill.
Remind us of your Passion and your Resurrection.

Christe eleison.

Holy Spirit our Advocate and Comforter, in your mercy:
Guard us on our bus route for the recycling centre.
Purge us of our sins of pride and greed.
Blow your wind on us and drive us in your dynamic,
as on the wind turbines, and as on Pentecost.
Bless with your wordless prayer
everything that has a recycling symbol.

Kyrie eleison.


(By the way, Chris Goodall’s second book is out: Ten Technologies to Save the Planet.)

Sodom and Abu Ghraib

posted by Kaihsu Tai on June 5th, 2006

This Sunday evening, FirstSunday invited the theologian James Alison to speak at St Columba’s. He got us to act out the stories of Genesis 19 (Lot and the Sodomites) and Judges 19–21 (the Levite at Gibeah). Here are some quick notes from me: Rather than getting hung up about the sexual orientations of the Sodomites, he linked the stories with recent events such as the abuse in Abu Ghraib. He introduced us to the book Texts of Terror by Phyllis Trible (ISBN 0800615379), who pointed out that these stories are “teetering on the brink of being Gospel”, finding the figura Christi in the concubine in the latter story.

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