Wonderings - reflections of a minister

A new podcast in which Rev Anikó Schütz Bradwell reflects on life and ministry. She’s a parish minister in a rural parish in East Lothian, Scotland. Originally from Germany, she volunteered halfway across Europe before coming to Scotland, where she lived and worked for nearly three years on the Isle of Iona. Then settling in Edinburgh, she trained as a minister in the Church of Scotland. She shares life with her husband, young son, a manse cat and two guinea pigs, and enjoys their garden, photography, music and books - especially when she finds the time for any of these. She recharges and does much of her wondering on early morning walks in the local community woodland. To find out more about her work, visit the websites of the churches where she ministers: www.humbiechurch.org and www.yesterboltonsaltounchurch.org, and their instagram, twitter and youtube channels.

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Episodes

Helpless

7 days ago

7 days ago

Looking around the world, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, overburdened, and yes, helpless. Why doesn't God do more to protect, save, heal us? The age old question is one of the things I'm wondering about this week.

Meeting Ali

Wednesday Jan 11, 2023

Wednesday Jan 11, 2023

This time, I'm talking to my friend Ali, who is a chaplain in Rachel House, a CHAS (Children's Hospices Across Scotland, more info at www.chas.org.uk) children's hospice. We're talking about her ministry and her day to day work. As always, there are also some of my wonderings and a prayer. I hope you enjoy listening. 

Rememberings

Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

This time, I'm looking back a bit. 

Wednesday Nov 30, 2022

Do you find Advent to be a really busy time? Here's a reflection on maybe taking some of the stress out of it. After all, what is Advent all about?

How are you feeling?

Friday Oct 14, 2022

Friday Oct 14, 2022

Apologies for the long silence - you know, life. This time, I'm thinking about emotions, and how we feel in reaction to what we experience. I reflect on passages from Psalm 137 and Luke's gospel ch 19 vs 41 and 42, and offer a prayer.

Where are the children?

Wednesday Sep 07, 2022

Wednesday Sep 07, 2022

This time, I'm reflecting on the difficulty of many mainstream churches in attracting younger families and children, and talk about our latest venture, our Friday Club. Join me for some wondering and a prayer.

Find me a treasure map!

Wednesday Aug 24, 2022

Wednesday Aug 24, 2022

I'm back after the holidays! Thanks for sticking with me. Here, I'm thinking back over some of the stories we have reflected on in our services this summer, which all encourage us to look inwards, and to think about what it is that matters most to each of us. What is the most important for you? Join me in my wonderings. 

Shall we pray?

Thursday Jul 28, 2022

Thursday Jul 28, 2022

Hello again. This time, I'm thinking about prayer, and about why we pray. What do you think?
More info about my work can be found at humbiechurch.org and yesterboltonsaltounchurch.org, or follow us on instagram, youtube, twitter and facebook.
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Wednesday Jul 20, 2022

Wednesday Jul 20, 2022

In this episode, I'm reflecting on the past week, including the hot weather, a wedding and a funeral and a visiting church group. And I think about hospitality, in pondering Bible passages from Genesis ch 18 vs 1-10 and Luke's gospel ch 10 vs 38-42. More about my ministry at humbiechurch.org and yesterboltonsaltounchurch.org, and on our instagram, twitter, facebook and youtube channels.

A Swedish perspective

Wednesday Jul 13, 2022

Wednesday Jul 13, 2022

Hello! I'm back from my holiday in Scandinavia, and I've brought something back with me: this time, I'm having a chat with my friend Benjamin, who is a priest in the Swedish Church, Svenska Kyrkan (and the realisation that we've known each other for nearly twenty years makes me feel quite old). He is telling me a bit about his ministry and what his life on Gotland looks like, and about how he got there, from growing up in Leipzig in the former East Germany. Here are some links to some of the things we are talking about:
Svenska Kyrkan
Gotland
The Gotland Peace Centre
Difference
100 Kyrkornas Ö - The Island of 100 churches 
The Taizé Community.

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