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Wonderful Creatures

A few months ago, I went to the movie ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’. It was tremendously inspiring. Such a wonderful world, with such diversity, magic, and a beautiful display of openness for others and tenderness and eccentricity and loads of humor! There was a dark side too. Without spoiling too much, I think I can say that it seems to me a very apt description of what dark sides always do: oppress differences, make…

Talks on Contemplating God

Holy Trinity Utrecht Retreat: Contemplating God This Weekend, 10-12 March, the students have organized a retreat for students at the Holy Trinity Utrecht Parsonage (van Hogendorpstraat 26, Utrecht) with a focus on Contemplating God.  The weekend is for students but they are inviting anyone in the chaplaincy or beyond who is interested to attend the three talks.  If any one or all of these are of interest to you, please feel free to come! 1…

Fasting and Feasting in Lent

Why would we do this? We know what the garden looks like after a winter of silence – the ground is a little more compacted than last year, and perhaps the nutrients have been diminished from the previous year’s growth.  In the same way, if we are not changing our routine, or thinking about growth in the spiritual life consciously, we can become a little complacent, compacted and dry.  Lent can be a time to…

Roadmap for Independence

On January 21, AD 2017 the Chaplaincy Council and the Task Force for an Anglican Church in Amersfoort (TACA) met with Archdeacon Paul Vrolijk to agree on the steps to take for Holy Trinity Utrecht and All Saints Amersfoort to become independent chaplaincies by AGM in the Spring of 2019. This is simply to lay out the specific practical steps to meet the plan set out in our Vision for a Church Plant in Amersfoort,…

The Anglican Way of Prayer / De Anglicaanse manier van bidden

This article on prayer was given by the Chaplain of Utrecht in response to a request to present an Anglican reflection on prayer at the Ecumenical Pastorsdag held during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on 17 January AD 2017 (the talk is also available on this page in Dutch, thanks to Erik Heemskerk). Next month we will return to Anglicanism: A Gift in Christ, Part 5: A worldwide Church.

Heroes of the Faith: Saint Willibrord

“As a supplement to our year long focus on Anglicanism: A Gift in Christ we are consider- ing important figures in the history of Anglicanism and especially those who are inspiration to us in their lives given to mission. The Rev Grant Crowe, Chaplain in Amersfoort, has prepared these reflections on Heroes of the Faith.” ____________________________________________________ “Ardently missionary with a strong focus upon scripture and personal piety, the Celtic movement had a major impact on…

The Anglican Church in Zwolle – Its establishment and development over the years

This contribution is from John and Frances Murphy During the 1939-45 war many Dutch civilians and Servicemen crossed the North Sea to join the Allied Forces in Britain. Once there they joined the various branches of the Allied Services including The Princess Irene Brigade. Naturally many men formed relationships with British women and after the war ended these men brought their brides back with them to the Netherlands. It was obvious that many men moved back…

Chaplaincy article: Reconciliation

The chaplaincy article is written by the Rev Sam van Leer, Groningen chaplain. 2017 is a momentous year. Lots of referenda and elections have taken place and will do, and community, political and international relations seem under particular strain in these uncertain times. So the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in late January this year has had special poignancy, not least too because this year is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s effective launching…

Faith Thoughts: Hope

It’s the new year. We often begin this period with resolutions, looking to create the ‘new me’, to change circumstances in our lives. Our desires, built upon our “Goede voornemens”, are sincere longings for transformation.

People at the Presentation of Christ: Anna

This devotional on Anna was written by the Rev Grant Crowe, Amersfoort Chaplain Painting by Ambrogio Lorenzetti – The Presentation in the Temple.Anna is the character on the far right of the painting. (c14th century) Epiphany comes to an end with the Presentation of Christ in the temple, (Febuary 2nd). The Gospel reading, for that festival, is from Luke 2:22-40, and usually we think of or focus upon the elderly Simeon holding the infant Jesus,…