Jill Segger's blog

The common good and the lives of others

What will you vote for? Hard Brexit? Soft Brexit? Your own interests? Maybe you will vote for the party which has always commanded your loyalty.

A disturbing season: encountering the Divine in the music of Bach

These are strange days for those of us whose spiritual lives are not focused on season and liturgy.

Easter confectionery and the Poor Man of Nazareth

The 'dead cat' strategy, so widely used by politicians, delivers diminishing returns.

Establishment, anti-Establishment or non-Establishment?

'Establishment' is a conveniently fluid phrase in our current political and social culture.

The arts and anti-establishment scoundrels

As a direct result of Britain's decision to leave the EU, an internationally acclaimed orchestra is leaving Britain due to uncertainty as to the residency rights of its foreign play

Our calloused hearts and people of unnoticed lives

“People of unnoticed lives”.

Reflections at a time of inauguration

The inauguration of an American president is a unique mix of razzmatazz and nobility.

On endings, beginnings and calling things by their right names

TS Eliot is the poet of endings and beginnings and of the paradoxes which dwell within that cycle.

Hope, myth and a small god

Early this month, I heard one woman say to another at a supermarket checkout “It doesn't feel Christmassy yet”.

Catching the frequencies of the unfamiliar in Advent

 November's end. The low season of a terrible year. We have seen suffering in Syria that is all but incomprehensible.