Christmas for Togetherness

As we know, the world is currently experiencing a new wave of nationalism and populism. In the human search for meaning and purpose, one of the appealing solutions is to retreat  nostalgically in mythical past eras and places, or to be lured into simplistic social solutions to complex cultural problems.

This kind of thinking suggests that if only we can detach ourselves from the difficulties caused by others, we can recreate a more secure world unthreatened by those people we do not like or understand.

Martyn Goss



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Why you should think about starting a business around the time you potty train your toddler

Authored by MissioningMum
Posted: Thu, 08/17/2017 - 7:47am

Starting a business while you juggle the demands of your toddler  may not seem like good timing, but consider this ...

You have a toddler running around, let's say their age is somewhere around the 2.5 year mark. Its probably time to potty train, you can't avoid it for much longer. And if you are crazy like me you will also have a 1 year old crawling around adding to the chaos.

Learning from Exeter's past to shape its future

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Sat, 07/15/2017 - 8:13am

Are there lessons to be learned from Exeter’s past to take into its future? Can we discern characteristics from its history to enlighten the next few generations of this more than two-thousand-year-old city?

From its first beginnings as a prehistoric hill settlement, what has really determined Exeter’s wealth and well-being has been its geographical location – its underlying geology, its climate, and its estuary position east of Dartmoor.

Greenest Government Never?

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Sat, 06/17/2017 - 2:49pm

So, have the results of the General Election been good for the environment?! On the face of it, the Green Party did not gain ground, issues of ecological sustainability did not seem high on candidates’ agendas and Britain now has an Environment Secretary who is not exactly known for his green credentials. Is the outlook therefore bleaker than it was?

Firstly, let’s identify six of the key challenges we face:

a)  Implementation of the Paris agreement on climate change
b) Revising UK environmental policies after Brexit

What is network marketing? A personal view

Authored by Purity Spa Exeter
Posted: Mon, 06/05/2017 - 6:36pm

When someone talks about network marketing what springs to mind? Pyramid scheme? Scam? Maybe you consider people who opt for that profession as part of a ‘brainwashed cult’, writes Jodie Mancuso.

Anyone who works in or has worked in the industry will probably tell you that they’ve heard these pre-conceptions more times than they could possibly count. But in the ever-changing and fast-growing business world, is this highly misunderstood line of work forming an important part of our business future?

Hubris or Humility?

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Mon, 05/15/2017 - 5:06pm

Five years ago the Diocese of Exeter submitted plans to construct six small-scale wind turbines on its land in three different parishes in north Devon. 

These were part of an overall strategy for the Church of England in Devon to reduce its Greenhouse Gas carbon emissions.  In the event the planning applications were withdrawn amidst an ambience of acrimony and unpleasantness.

Post Brexit Easter

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Tue, 04/11/2017 - 6:05pm

We are living at a crossroads when an emphasis on the common wealth or common good is being replaced by an uncertain and dubious individualism.

I have spent the last 35 years of my life and ministry struggling against ‘social evils’ and the forces of reaction. I have collectively engaged in activities promoting greater compassion and equality, peaceful resolution of conflict, justice and togetherness. With others, I have actively campaigned against lack of purpose, homelessness, ecological destruction, xenophobia, social exclusion and so on.

Who do we think we are?

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Sun, 03/05/2017 - 10:30pm

Probably one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is‘who we think we really are’. Our self-identity is an issue that runs through human history and is found in the works of poets, artists, theologians and psychologists – to name but a few.

Who we believe we are is of course influenced by people around us – the names they use to describe us, how others relate to us, and the familiar, social, tribal and faith groups we belong to.

6 Cafés you never knew existed in Exeter

Authored by Emma Blackmore
Posted: Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:01pm

Do you know them all? 

Are we living in an era of darkness or light?

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Sun, 02/05/2017 - 11:13am

The journalist Jeremy Seabrook once researched how people felt about social change in their life time. ‘Had life generally improved or worsened during their lives’, he asked. His conclusion was that people felt things had got better but people had got worse!

Looking back over history we now talk about the ‘Dark Ages’, ‘Middle Ages’, ‘Reformation’, Time of Enlightenment?  So how will future generations view and label our own era?

Sadly, one candidate could be ‘An Age of Loss’. 

Watch Trends of 2017 for the Perfect Gentlemen

Authored by Dan McCarthy
Posted: Thu, 02/02/2017 - 5:49pm

A watch isn’t just a strap-on device for keeping track of time. For men, it’s a fashion accessory just as much as a woman’s handbag. A suit, after all, just isn’t complete without a matching wristwatch. With this in mind, though, you don’t want to strap on any old Rolex and assume it’s fashionable just because it’s all bling-bling. Here are the trends that men should consider before updating their collection of expensive watches.

1. Bigger Is Not Better