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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes Marcel Proust
I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind Emily Bronte The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one. John Ruskin
Celtic Christianity may offer us a lifeline in the form of an approach to faith which is rooted in the imagination...[Celts] excelled at expressing their faith in symbols, metaphors and images, both visual and poetic. They had the ability to invest the ordinary and commonplace with sacramental significance, to find glimpses of God’s glory throughout creation and to paint pictures in words, signs and music that acted as icons opening windows on heaven and pathways to eternity Ian Bradley (The Celtic Way)
When I first met you I knew I had come at last home, Home after wandering, home after long puzzled searching, Home after long being wind-borne, wave-tossed, night-caught, Long being lost; And being with you as normal and needful and natural As sleeping or waking; and I was myself, who had never been wholly myself; I was walking and talking and laughing Easily at last; And the air was softer and sounds were sharper And colours were brighter and the sky was higher And length was not measured by milestones and time was not measured by clocks…. And this end was a beginning… And these words are the beginning of my thanks. A.S.J.Tessimond
Rev Dr David Perry is a Methodist Minister and is Superintendent of the Hull (West) Circuit. Dave was Chair of the Lincoln and Grimsby District from 2000 - 2011. Prior to this he served in the Weymouth and Hull Circuits, where he was also chaplain to HMP The Verne and Hull University. Dave comes from the Black Country in the West Midlands. After a first degree in Biological Sciences & Geography he stayed on at Birmingham University and became a research palaeoecologist (researching climatic and environmental changes over the last 20,000 years in Britain and Iceland) and gained his PhD in 1986. He had his first taste of Christianity and Methodism whilst an undergraduate and became a member of the Methodist Church at Selly Oak. He trained for the ministry at Wesley House, Cambridge and has a degree in Theology and Religious Studies. Dave is a passionate photographer and is fully committed to using visual imagery in his professional life. His hobbies include fell walking, rambling, and watching CSI, ScandiNoir, Lovejoy, Modern Family and movies on BluRay. Dave is married to Sue, who is Deputy Head of Dietetics for the Hull and E. Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust. They have two daughters, Bekki (fashion merchandiser) and Judy (East Midlands Regional Coordinator, Christian Aid).