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Stories of Riverside in the Pandemic: Episode 2: The future of community - how are we imagining community differently now?

  Marking the third anniversary of the COVID lockdown, I'm using this blog to reflect on this time and to point towards the audio archive Doorstep Revolution , a project I was part of putting together as part of Gentle/Radical.  The second episode reflects on dreams of community, how people expressed desires for a greater sense of local community in Riverside. It was those moments of staying at home, of going out and clapping on a Thursday night during the lockdown that made people think about local community more. Everyone's attention was on the very local, as there was no where else we could go. And one of the positive things of this time was feeling a greater sense of connection to the local neighbourhood. Did we build on that? Or has life now gone back to "normal"? I think, sadly, it mainly has gone back to "normal" with people engaging less with their neighbours. Maybe we missed an opportunity. The work of "doing community" is really tough, lo

Stories of Riverside in the Pandemic: Episode 1: Our Initial Reactions to the Pandemic

As we mark the third anniversary of the COVID lockdown, it seems like a good time to do some reflection on the last three years, and this season of pandemic. As we all know this was like nothing else any of us had ever experienced, but I just want to reflect more locally on Riverside, and draw your attention to the audio archive Doorstep Revolution, a project I was part of putting together as part of Gentle/Radical.  In the first episode we hear about those initial reactions to what was going on in March 2020. I think it is easy to forget how scary it all was at the time. When I listen back to these stories I remember that sense of fear, and just a sense of not knowing what was going on. It was difficult to know how serious it was, how scared you should be. I know I had the Black Death in my mind, when a third... a half?... of Europe's population died. We didn't know it was that, but we also didn't know it wasn't that. We just didn't know how bad it was. A lot of ou

Online Contemplative Prayer and Chanting

Once a month I run Contemplative Prayer and Chanting, on the second Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm, on zoom. This is a time of chanting and guided contemplative prayer to open the heart to Love. This practice is rooted in the conviction that there is a universal, unconditional source of love within each person and that it is possible to have a personal encounter with this source. The source has many names, but we often name them as “God”.  To get the invite please email Facebook event page

Cardiff Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Climate Justice

Join us at all every Saturday during March 2023 for an hour of silence as an Earth Vigil for climate justice.  We hold silence:  • As an act of grief for the climate and ecological catastrophe unfolding, particularly affecting people in the Global South.  • As an act of protest to demand the UK Government acts with urgency to reach net zero carbon as fast and justly as possible, ensuring energy is affordable for ordinary people in the UK while also providing reparations to the Global South for the loss and damage they are already suffering because of climate change.  • As an act of prayer and meditation to bring our deepest spiritual commitments and practices to this work.  People of all faiths and none are welcome to join us. If you can, bring a chair. When:  11am to noon Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March 2023. Where: Next to the Betty Campbell statue, outside the UK Government Building, Ty William Morgan, Wood Street, Cardiff City Centre, CF101EP