the fran­tic month of June

-- June 27th, 2015 --

It’s been a per­fect mael­strom of events here in our Lon­don lives.  All the seeds I’ve planted through­out the year some­how come up as reg­u­larly as our June laven­der, every year.  This par­tic­u­lar June some unusual blos­soms appeared.

How many peo­ple can say they’ve rung bells for an Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury?  Well, I have, as it turns out.

ringing for archbishop

As part of the ongo­ing cel­e­bra­tions of the 800th anniver­sary of the sign­ing of the Magna Carta, the most recently retired Arch­bishop, Rowan Williams, came to St Mary’s to offer a ser­mon.  It was a gala occa­sion.  We “rang him in,” and then as I was walk­ing my bike around from the back of the church, where the bell cham­ber door is, this is the sight that greeted me.

whole group archbishop

This par­tic­u­lar Arch­bishop is dear to my heart for a num­ber of rea­sons: his lib­eral think­ing about women and gay bish­ops, his deep under­stand­ing of Islam, his new posi­tion as Mas­ter of Mag­da­lene Col­lege, Cam­bridge, and: he mar­ried William and…