Wonderings - reflections of a minister

By Anikó Schütz​ Bradwell

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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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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.

Jan 25, 2023
Meeting Ali

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. 

Jan 11, 2023

This time, I'm looking back a bit. 

Dec 14, 2022
Advent (What about getting ready?)

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?

Nov 30, 2022
How are you feeling?

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.

Oct 14, 2022
Where are the children?

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.

Sep 07, 2022
Find me a treasure map!

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. 

Aug 24, 2022
Shall we pray?

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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Jul 28, 2022
You’re welcome!

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.

Jul 20, 2022
A Swedish perspective

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


The Gotland Peace Centre


100 Kyrkornas Ö - The Island of 100 churches 

The Taizé Community.

Jul 13, 2022
Everything changes (but you)

No, not really Take That. We are going through a period of change in the parish, and the Church of Scotland as a whole. But is that really such a bad thing? It's scary, sure, but we're not alone. I'm exploring what my week's been like, reflect on Bible passages from Paul's letter to the Galatians ch 5 vs 22-23 and Luke's gospel ch 9 vs 57-62, and have a prayer for us all.

Jun 29, 2022

In this first fuller episode I'm thinking about preparing wedding services, and reflect on the plan to deport migrants from the UK, in pondering passages from the lectionary readings for this past Sunday, from Paul's letter to the Galatians ch 3 vs 28 and Luke's gospel ch 8 vs 26-29. I'm asking 'What would Jesus do?', and offer a prayer for us all. I hope you enjoy listening.

Jun 22, 2022
Hello - this is Wonderings

Welcome to my new podcast. Here, I'm telling a bit about myself and my hopes for Wonderings.

Jun 17, 2022