Welcome! I’m Rebecca Winfrey. Thank you for visiting my site.

You’ll find:

Short Reflections for when you have a quiet moment, longer stories I’ve called Life Questions and articles I’ve written on Shame.

Having been a hospice doctor and studied for a masters degree in pastoral theology (thoughts about God applied to real life), I’m passionate about questioning things people say about faith whenever they appear to jar with my life experience or that of my patients, clients or friends. One area in which that happens is shame, which is often ignored by the church, but shouldn’t be, and that’s an area of particular interest for me. There’s too much tragedy in the world to be satisfied with pat answers that don’t take account of people’s real life experience.

I hope you will find questions to ponder here, and that you will join in with my search for wisdom by following, commenting, and sharing!

Latest from my blog


As a child, I was always a bit horrified by my great aunt’s shoes. Dark brown, functional, but lumpy in all the wrong places. No-nonsense shoes for a no-nonsense person. Shoes that reflected her strictness. I wondered whether I would like to be one of her piano pupils, as I’m sure they were scolded regularly […]

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Life Question: How do you deal with risk?

I lay shivering in my sleeping bag, muscles clenched against the cold. How was I ever going to get warm? 10,000 feet up in the Mountains of the Moon in a remote corner of Uganda, I wondered whether I would ever be warm again. I fretted about whether I would ever get out of those […]

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