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Othona is an open and inclusive Community rooted in the Christian tradition and drawing on a wealth of other inspirations.

Julia, my wife, and I are now retired but are kept busy, Julia as Chair of Refugee Action, and I as Chair of the Othona Community and a trustee of Refugee Action.

I am writing - mostly biographical stuff - and revising my Psalm settings (cf. New versions under ‘Music’).

I am also planting and tending about a thousand willow trees, another step in the direction of carbon neutrality.

We have a passive solar water heater and recently installed 15 solar collectors. With the resulting reduction in oil and electricity bills it becomes easier to live off a state pension.

I am troubled by the lack of knowledge about Christianity, not so much a lack of faith but an absence of understanding. I wish I knew how the challenge this represents could be met. I was never much enamoured with RE in schools but it was better than nothing. If attending church is not the answer, what is? That is a question I have asked the Othona Community to consider.

Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex


We have a converted barn available next to our house in Hartland, North Devon.

If you are interested go to

Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Colin Hodgetts

writer, composer, educator, social innovator & clergyman

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