Christmas is a time when we think of other people. When you look at this photo you will see that so many people are thinking of me at this time by the number of cards and gifts I have received.
It would not be practical for me to send cards to all my parishioners so this is my way to send my good wishes and thanks to you all.
I would like to thank you all as well for your cooperation during this time of the pandemic, which is still with us - to all the volunteers and all the people who have been wonderful in making sure everyone is safe.
God bless you all.
On the 36 days of Advent and Christmas
We buy only gifts that are wanted
we buy no packaging and have no waste and no plastic
we only buy food we will eat
we buy local, organic, animal friendly, and fairly traded
we compost food scraps and garden waste ourselves
we buy beautiful clothes that last
we repair and repurpose in a circular economy
we sponsor food banks
we feed the hungry of the world
we house the homeless
we offer safe routes for children seeking to join their families
we offer legal routes for asylum seekers to settle,
integrate, contribute and be happy our gardens are home to frogs, hedgehogs blackbirds,
nightingales and goldfinch, bees, butterflies we travel fossil fuel free we vaccinate the world we provide climate justice for the suffering global south we leave all remaining fossil fuels in the ground pesticides, industrial farming and fishing are banned and
hedgerows flourish we insulate homes to be passive and snug we have fossil fuel free heating and hot water we build beautiful buildings with organic materials we plant trees not cut them down we have green spaces and peace and quiet for all green jobs are abundant and transform the economy clean air water and electricity are available for all and wisely used we watch, not the Dow Jones going up, but the carbon emissions successfully going down the arctic and antarctic and glaciers stop melting the coral reefs recover and mangrove swamps flourish peatlands are restored and become homes for curlew the hole in the ozone layer heals we share our wealth more fairly Syria Afghanistan and Yemen and everywhere cease conflict
and get good government genocides cease and people become friends fighter jets are changed to air ambulance, tanks to wind
turbines, small arms to solar panels the lions and all wildlife flourish and lie down with the lamb and your dreams…. and mine come true
There is peace on earth and good will to all people not just for Christmas but for life.