All Saints

All Saints: "Causing a Paradigm Shift"

The Reverend Robin Sims-Williams

As a child I fell in love with the character of Atticus Finch, at the age of 10 I thought I’d name my first child Atticus. The character from To Kill a Mockingbird was a lawyer challenging the basis on which society judged guilt and innocence of a black man in the 1930s Southern USA. One of the primary lesson which was conveyed to the narrator, his daughter Scout, and to us readers, was that you can’t understand somebody ‘until you have stood in their shoes and walked around in them.’

All Saints: "Squirrelling Away Nuts"

The Revd Margaret Legg

All Hallow's Eve, All Saints, All Souls - It's not surprising that of the 3 days, the only one that makes its way out of the church and into public consciousness is All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. Retail sales related to Halloween have risen from £12 million in 2001 to well over £300m 2013. It’s now the UK’s third highest selling festival. All our energy goes into the one that is expressing our deepest fears; the frightening and unsettling aspects of death.

All Saints: "Your Own Personal Jesus"

The Revd Brutus Green

In 1989 Depeche Mode released a song which made it into the top thirty in the UK and US, two months and two weeks before the Berlin Wall politically ceased to exist. The record was the best selling twelve inch single in Warner Bros. history, and each format, seven and twelve inch vinyl, tape, and later CD featured a naked woman with a different band member. The song was called “Personal Jesus”. Its inspiration was Priscilla Presley’s book Elvis and Me, about how another person can become like a god to you, and how you can be a Jesus to someone, someone who’s there; someone to care.