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Rector of Ipswich Parish

The Rev'd Selina McMahon

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The Rev’d Selina McMahon is the Rector of Ipswich Parish and worships at St Paul’s Church, Ipswich. She has a Bachelor of Science from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and an MSc. in Science and Theology from the University of Edinburgh, with a special interest in the interplay between the church and science through history.

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“Consider the birds of the air”

“In the hands of the Biblical authors, the seemingly ordinary, like birds, takes on greater meaning when you consider the rich symbolism. Researching this symbolism goes beyond partaking in idle academic curiosity, for it is only by understanding the Bible’s symbolism that we can really hope to engage with it and have any contextual understanding of what the Bible authors were trying to tell us,” says The Rev’d Selina McMahon

Many accounts of the informal and impromptu Christmas truce of 1914 involve soccer matches being played in no man's land between British and German troops (Image sourced from Wikimedia Commons)

The Christmas truce of 1914

“Gradually, soldiers climbed out of their trenches, responding to each other as human beings…They walked into no-man’s-land, trusting each other and welcoming each other as they did so. This was the first time they had really seen each other – as people welcoming each other in the spirit of Christmas,” says The Rev’d Selina McMahon on the widespread unofficial Christmas ceasefires along the Western Front on Christmas Eve in 1914


The Christmas card

Blending fascinating facts with famous fiction, The Rev’d Selina McMahon from Resource Church St Paul’s, Ipswich tells us about the history and origins of the first Christmas card


Hildegard of Bingen

“Hildegard of Bingen is a rare example of someone who touched nearly every field of human endeavour, leaving her mark on all aspects of life. Like Hildegard, we need to take a broader view of the whole of creation – view it and marvel in it,” says scientist and priest, The Rev’d Selina McMahon on Hildegard of Bingen who is commemorated in our lectionary on 17 September