Antonio Garcia Fuerte

Trinity: "Calvin Klein and Travis Fimmel"

The Reverend Antonio García Fuerte

I am not sure if the name “Travis Fimmel” would ring any bells to you. He is an Australian actor, who lives in LA. You might recognise him from TV Series The Beast, or The Vikings in the History Channel, or the movie Warcraft or, out in the cinemas now, Finding Steve McQueen. What most people have forgotten is how he was discovered and came to be famous.

Trinity: the Sower and the Seed

The Revd Antonio Garcia Fuerte

I have been following with a lot of interest in the last few weeks, the news about EU citizens' rights following Brexit. While some here in the UK say that the government is offering a “blank cheque” to the EU in this regard, European Prime Ministers say that the UK’s offer is “unspecific,” “ambiguous,” “slippery” and “abstract.”

 

Pentecost: Old Law, New Covenant

The Revd Antonio Garcia Fuente

The Liturgy today gives us two readings where the Holy Spirit descends over the Apostles, the first one from Acts (2:1-21), the second one from the Gospel of John (20:19-23). They are two different events that strongly relate to each other.

The first one, from the book of Acts, happens during the feast of Pentecost. First century Jews, such as the Apostles, would not have missed an all important detail about this date: Pentecost. If Easter is the feast that celebrates the epic event when Israel crosses the Red Sea being freed from Pharaoh (cf. Ex 14), Pentecost is the feast that celebrates the moment in which God gives the law to Moses in the Mount of Sinai (cf. Ex 19ff), the law of the old covenant. Pentecost was the day in which the Apostles received the fullness of the new law, the new covenant.

Easter: "Bread Broken, Given, Shared"

The Revd Antonio Garcia Fuente

Simone de Beauvoir, the famous French feminist and existentialist philosopher and her partner, the fellow existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, used to meet regularly with Raymond Aron and other philosophers in a trendy Parisian bar of the early 1930s, the Bec de Gaz. It was there, according to her autobiography, when, after a few cocktails, some of the key ideas of existentialism would came to be. These thinkers thought that philosophy had become too theoretical and they wanted philosophy to return to the true deep human experiences. Allegedly, one day Sartre himself, took an apricot cocktail (his favourite) and raising it in his hand said: “You can make philosophy out of this cocktail!”

Trinity: "On Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and the Gospel"

Imagine that you are driving down the M3, on a summer day, towards the sunny beaches of the South of England. You then take the A3 to enjoy the beautiful greens of Queen Elizabeth Country Park on your left and Buster Hill National Nature Reserve on your right. You admire the beauty. The roads are not too busy. Just a truck behind you.

Trinity: "Self-help v God-help and the Future Present Reality"

Last Thursday, I was watching one of my favourite programs on TV: QI. Stephen Fry and the rest of the guests discussed how cultural perceptions have shifted drastically in the past 100 years or so. One of the examples they quoted was regarding the Church itself. They argued that, up to the 19th century, the Church had much focussed in the afterlife, the reward or punishment that awaited in “the other side.” In contrast, on the 20th century, the Church is almost exclusively focussed in the present life, to the point, Stephen Fry said that “some churches in the USA are not very different from self support groups.”

Trinity: "Of Hatred and Aliens"

The Revd Antonio García Fuerte

Last Sunday we were shocked with the news of the killing of 49 people in a gay bar in Orlando, in a hate crime. Thursday afternoon, we heard the news of another hate crime, that of Jo Cox MP, this one much nearer to our home. Friday was the first year anniversary of the Charleston shooting where 9 people were killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in another hate crime. Three very different crimes, but one single motivation: hatred.

Now, it really looks like I am taking you to a place where I am going to claim the doom of civilisation, the self-destruction of humanity… but I am going in the opposite direction. Bear with me as I descend a little bit more into the issue.

Trinity: "Kingdom of God, 'ideal' society and the EU"

The Reverend Antonio García Fuerte

This week, I came across an interesting recent survey about faith groups in Britain. Believers of various faiths (Christians, Jewish, Muslims, Hindus, Sikh and other faiths), were asked if they though the coronation of the next monarch should be: (a) a secular ceremony, (b) a christian ceremony (as it has traditionally been), or (c) a multi faith ceremony. Around 75% of people in each individual faith group responded that they would prefer it to remain a Christian ceremony and not to become secular or multi faith.