20 April 2015 a post by Bruce Stanley. 1 comments.

Essex Forest Church

We seek to find the presence of God in the open air and in nature, and to connect with the Divine Being who is present in creation. We seek to foster a love of creation, a love which will lead us to care for it. We look for reconciliation between nature and human beings, and within human relationships. More ...

05 April 2015 a post by Dan Papworth. 2 comments.

Easter Sunday - life that never ends

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. More ...

28 March 2015 a post by Dan Papworth. 5 comments.

Chicken of the Woods - looking at the heart

There are many species of bracket fungi and, unsurprisingly, they have some things in common. Some of them are given rather unattractive names like “Ash heart rot”, “Beech heart rot”, “Top Rot”, “Butt Rot”...you get the idea. It is enough to make anyone feel a bit quesy. But who can resist a smile when they first encounter this flamboyant creature, the Sulphur Polypore, also known as “Chicken of the Woods”? More ...

22 March 2015 a post by Dan Papworth. 1 comments.

Earthworm - the suffering servant

Earthworms are the world's unsung heroes. They loosen, mix up and aerate the soil, break down and recycle decaying plant matter, and make nutrients available to plants and fungi by bringing them closer to the surface. More ...

18 March 2015 a post by Dan Papworth. 1 comments.

Grey Seal - listening to the heart

Like us, he can move between worlds – the land and the water – and also like us he naturally favours one over the other. So we could regard him as a kind of mirror-image of ourselves. He stares back at us with contemplative curiosity, a peaceful and social creature, who moves clumsily enough on dry ground but in the ocean acquires the elegance and power of the most accomplished dancer. More ...

16 March 2015 a post by Dan Papworth. 2 comments.

Trees - wise guardians of time

I know we have already considered the Ash but before we look at any more trees I want to say something more general about them. This is because as a phenomenon they are unlike anything else you will find in this book. More ...

06 March 2015 a post by Dan Papworth. 1 comments.

Leopard Slug - an unlikely friend

On the morning I first wrote about Magpie I had just had a dream that featured slugs. In fact it was rather specific. I dreamt of a heap of slugs’ eggs - something I've never seen to my knowledge - underneath an item of furniture I wanted to paint. More ...

27 February 2015 a post by Dan Papworth. 1 comments.

Peregrine - life in all its fulness

“I saw a crow, quite a large bird, seemingly on its way from one place to another in not much of a hurry, when suddenly it realised this small, dark spot on the edge of vision was getting larger, shooting towards it at a terrifying speed. With a terrified squawk, it hurled itself into the nearest tree, crashing into the foliage without any thought except getting away. It was absolutely gripping”. More ...

24 February 2015 a post by Dan Papworth. 0 comments.

Rook - prophecy, protection and the sharing of wisdom

Rooks and humans have something of a special relationship because when these islands were thickly wooded we were the ones who rapidly increased the number and size of clearings. More ...

20 February 2015 a post by Dan Papworth. 2 comments.

Red Ant - encountering the ‘other’

“The ants are a people without strength, yet they provide their food in the summer” (Proverbs 30:25). As we consider other creatures, and especially animals, it is so easy to project human qualities onto them rather than allowing them to 'speak' for themselves. More ...

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