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Opinion – 6 January 2021 – the Epiphany

Janet Fife Surviving Church The Crystalline Personality

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Michael
Michael
6 months ago

Janet – Is it possible to be semi crystalline? Every time I leave home I put on a face covering, even when going for a walk, and keep distance from others. I am compliant with Hands Face Space at all times but I am opposed to lockdown. As a teenager I belonged to the youth wing of a terrorist organisation. I left when I was 19 but some of my then contemporaries are still members. I am capable of completely changing my mind on some issues but not others. LLF – which I support – will be a strong test… Read more »

Janet Fife
Janet Fife
Reply to  Michael
6 months ago

Thank you Michael. I wish Stephen Callis were still here to answer your question (and a few others!). As I wrote in my blog, I used to have some crystalline aspects myself – a sort of semi-crystalline, maybe? That’s why I have some sympathy for crystallines, and I hope people will try to understand them. However, I frankly don’t know how that would have fitted into Stephen’s model. Human nature is so wonderfully complex and fascinating – there are endless variations. You did well to get out of the terrorist organisation. It can’t have been easy. I managed to escape… Read more »

Simon Dawson
Simon Dawson
6 months ago

Thank You for your article Janet. I think it is fascinating. I agree that it is important to be aware of the teachings of psychology. Too often we seek to find the answers to church questions by looking only at theology or ecclesiology when we would benefit from also listening to some experienced psychologists. When I was a water-sports coach I had a theory that sports people were attracted into a certain sport dependent on their psychological make up. Extroverts got into rowing and went around in noisy packs of eight. White Water kayakers like myself found it was a… Read more »

Mary Hancock
Mary Hancock
Reply to  Simon Dawson
6 months ago

Interesting observation, Simon. When at college in the 70s I flew gliders. It takes several people to get someone into the air – so the sport has a high degree of teamwork – but once in the air you have sole responsibility for what you do, including surviving the flight and landing, and charge of an expensive bit of kit. We were a student club with the support of ex-students who continued to fly, instruct, fettle the aircraft and so on. I’ve always considered that experience to be very formative – although whether I became ‘schizophrenic’ (maybe switching between two… Read more »

William
William
Reply to  Mary Hancock
6 months ago

I take my hat off to you Mary. Participating in a sport which lists one of its key aims as ‘surviving the flight’ is pretty impressive.

Fr John Harris-White
Fr John Harris-White
6 months ago

The Feast of the Epiphany has always been for me, when Christ was revealed to the Gentiles. To me personally. So I find it still difficult to take down the Christmas decorations on 12th night, with for me the great celebration of the Epiphany the very next day.. The feast of Christmas and the feast of the Epiphany are the bookends of the holy season.

Fr John Emlyn

David Emmott
David Emmott
Reply to  Fr John Harris-White
6 months ago

The feast of Candlemass in fact.

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