News from the vicar
Last week whilst walking Monty at the bottom of Kerferd Road I saw a man walking, then stopping, looking out to sea, taking pictures and then repeating the whole process over again. I wondered what he was doing. Then I saw a flash of something in the water. The light caught it and it glistened. It was circling in an odd fashion around 15-20 metres off shore. Then ‘der dum, der dum!’ I realised what it could be: the fin of a shark! Holy Moly, I got Monty out of the water quick smart!!
I later posted a message on a local Facebook page suggesting owners watch their dogs in the water, as I thought they might be tasty fodder. Someone said it wasn’t a shark, but a sun fish. Curious, thought I. Sunfish are usually found in sub-tropical deeper waters. We are neither!
This morning as we made our way onto the beach, people were clustered close to the edge, talking and taking photos. It was, as last week, our friend circling in an odd fashion, up and down in the exact location I had seen it last week.
Someone in hi-vis said it was indeed a sun fish, and wondered what it was doing here.
Perhaps it’s like me, though born in warmer climes, is more comfortable in cooler waters! I wondered how it got here and that got me to thinking about the approaching meeting of synod. Okay, I can hear you thinking, “oh really?! This I’ve gotta hear.”
Well … sun fish are not natural inhabitants of cool and shallow waters. This one is a long way from home, a bit like Dorothy before said “There’s no place like home.” I was approached this week by another senior cleric asking if I might nominate for one of the councils of the church. That’s like asking a sun fish to go to the arctic, the place where they’d feel the least comfortable. And yet … I have a responsibility to take my part in the councils of the church. It’s time to swim into new waters, despite my discomfort!
At this stage I am considering either Provincial Council, Archbishop in Council or the Social Responsibilities Committee. Please pray that I don’t get eaten alive!
A message to our leaders
Bishop Phillip Huggins hosted the filming of this video at St Silas last year. It features members from the Sudanese and South Sudanese communities speaking about the impact of recent negative comments by politicians and others in the media.