Welcome toMeander. It takes its name from an 1860 volume Essays and Reviews edited by John William Parker. Parker’s volume took a reasonable, radical broad-minded approach to the challenges faced by Christianity in the wake of developments in science, advances in scriptural interpretation, and seismic sea-changes in culture, politics and society.

It appeared just four months after Charles Darwin‘s On theOrigin of Species. Parker’s edited volume was in the finest tradition of open pedagogy and intellectual dialogue: a place to begin conversations that would need to continue in the decades to come.

The challenges facing churches and Christian faith are different today, but of no lesser proportion. Churches have been usurped from occupying central space in the public square, gravitating and navigating towards more marginal enclaves. The last 150 years has seen the churches slowly pushed to the peripheries of public debate; still visible and with a voice, but of diminishing social, moral and spiritual importance.

Professor Goodyear gives the title of “Meander” to that form of Swastika which bends two or more times (fig. THE SWASTIKA THOMAS WILSON Three have the ends bent (at right angles) four times, making a meander form, while two make only one bend. Bijou. THE SWASTIKA THOMAS WILSON. Meander Magazine. Our magazine is full of adventures with fellow meanderers, city guides and updates from Meander HQ. A Guide To Walking The West Highland.

The ancient Greeks took the term meander from the Meander River (located in present-day Turkey), with its remarkable convolutions. Later Greek thought converted the name of this river to a common noun. The term, ever since, has had associations with flow, fluctuation and formation. Of wandering and pilgrimage, and altering the most obvious direct route in the face of seemingly significant impediments. A meandering river will find its path, despite the obstructions encountered.

To meander is to follow some winding course, be it a path, road or a river. In later English meander came to mean turning around in a narrow passageway, or finding one’s way through a labyrinth. In geography, meanders are sinuous curves, bends, loops, turns, or windings in the channel of a river or stream. In mathematics a meander can be a pattern of self-avoiding curves which intersect across line or route a number of times, such as a road traversing a river through a number of bridges.

The politics of the Kingdom of God are still shaped by one meandering Galilean preacher who ranged freely across Palestine two thousand years ago. The intentional meanderings of Jesus were found in his wide-ranging journeys, moving in and out of territories that were Jewish and Gentile, forcibly occupied or free, moving from village to town to city, and from solitary wildernesses to throngs of crowds. Jesus’ teachings meander through parables, sayings, prophecy – and his words comfort, peace and love.

Meander – Essays and Reviews was originated in 2020 by Professor Martyn Percy, who writes and teaches on Christianity and contemporary culture. The site offers essays, blog posts (Particles of Faith) reflections on emerging post-Christian culture (Ex-Aisle), unusual homiletic resources to help us rethink how we read the scriptures (LecTurn), Essays and Reviews (naturally) and shorter pieces on religion, faith, politics and society.

The hosting of essays and reviews on this site does not necessarily imply any endorsement. We merely strive to deliver stimulating thinking and writing. Meander is for curious, critical minds. It values questions and debates. The perplexities of our time demand to be met with poise, prescience and purpose. Our time is about reaching destinations despite the obstacles; crossing boundaries, and making homes.

Meanderis also a mnemonic – me andEssays and Reviews (Me&ER). Thank you for reading this introduction to Meander. Our hope is that you will be stimulated and challenged by our content, as you meander your way through our pages.

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(mē-ăn′dər)·an·dered, me·an·der·ing, me·an·ders
1. To follow a winding and turning course: Streams tend to meander through level land.
2. To move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction: vagabonds meandering through life. See Synonyms at wander.
3. To speak or write in sustained fashion on a number of loosely connected topics.
4. To be directed in various directions or at multiple objects: His gaze meandered over the church's façade.
1. often meanders A bend, turn, or winding, as of a stream or path.
2. A portion, side trip, or episode in a longer journey.
3. A passage on a subtopic or digression in a longer piece of discourse.
4. An ornamental pattern of winding or intertwining lines, used in art and architecture.
[From Latin maeander, circuitous windings, from Greek maiandros, after Maiandros, the Maeander River in Phrygia, noted for its windings.]
me·an′der·ing·ly adv.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(mɪˈændə) vb (intr)
2. to wander without definite aim or direction
4. (often plural) a winding course or movement
5. (Architecture) an ornamental pattern, esp as used in ancient Greek architecture
[C16: from Latin maeander, from Greek Maiandros the River Maeander; see Menderes (sense 1)]


(miːˈændə) n
1. (Historical Terms) a variant spelling of Maeander
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(miˈæn dər)
2. to wander aimlessly; ramble.
[1570–80; < Latin maeander < Greek maíandros a winding, generic use of Maíandros the Menderes River]


(miˈæn dər)
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


Past participle: meandered
Gerund: meandering
I meander
you meander
he/she/it meanders
we meander
you meander
they meander
I meandered
you meandered
he/she/it meandered
we meandered
you meandered
they meandered
Present Continuous
I am meandering
you are meandering
he/she/it is meandering
we are meandering
you are meandering
they are meandering
Present Perfect
I have meandered
you have meandered
he/she/it has meandered
we have meandered
you have meandered
they have meandered
Past Continuous
I was meandering
you were meandering
he/she/it was meandering
we were meandering
you were meandering
they were meandering
Past Perfect
I had meandered
you had meandered
he/she/it had meandered
we had meandered
you had meandered
they had meandered
I will meander
you will meander
he/she/it will meander
we will meander
you will meander
they will meander
Future Perfect
I will have meandered
you will have meandered
he/she/it will have meandered
we will have meandered
you will have meandered
they will have meandered
Future Continuous
I will be meandering
you will be meandering
he/she/it will be meandering
we will be meandering
you will be meandering
they will be meandering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been meandering
you have been meandering
he/she/it has been meandering
we have been meandering
you have been meandering
they have been meandering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been meandering
you will have been meandering
he/she/it will have been meandering
we will have been meandering
you will have been meandering
they will have been meandering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been meandering
you had been meandering
he/she/it had been meandering
we had been meandering
you had been meandering
they had been meandering
I would meander
you would meander
he/she/it would meander
we would meander
you would meander
they would meander
Past Conditional
I would have meandered
you would have meandered
he/she/it would have meandered
we would have meandered
you would have meandered
they would have meandered
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011


A curve in a river that swings in wide loops from side to side.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
Noun1.meander - a bend or curve, as in a stream or river
oxbow - a U-shaped curve in a stream
stream, watercourse - a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
curve, curved shape - the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
2.meander - an aimless amble on a winding course
amble, stroll, saunter, perambulation, promenade - a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)
Verb1.meander - to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course; 'the river winds through the hills'; 'the path meanders through the vineyards'; 'sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body'
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; 'How fast does your new car go?'; 'We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus'; 'The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect'; 'The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell'; 'news travelled fast'
snake - move along a winding path; 'The army snaked through the jungle'
wander - go via an indirect route or at no set pace; 'After dinner, we wandered into town'
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


1.wind, turn, snake, zigzagThe river meandered in lazy curves.
2.wander, stroll, stray, ramble, stravaig(Scot. & Northern English dialect)We meandered along the Irish country roads.
3.ramble, rabbit(Brit. informal), rattle, chatter, waffle(Brit. informal), witter(Brit. informal), prattle, natter(Brit. informal), maunder, blether, prate(rare)She meandered on, stopping now and again for a breath.
1.wander, stroll, amble, saunter, mosey(informal)a meander round the shops
2.curve, bend, turn, twist, loop, coil, zigzagThe outer bank of a meander in the river.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002


verb1. To move or proceed on a repeatedly curving course:
coil, corkscrew, curl, entwine, snake, spiral, twine, twist, weave, wind, wreathe.
2. To move about at random, especially over a wide area:
drift, gad, gallivant, peregrinate, ramble, range, roam, rove, stray, traipse, wander.
3. To walk at a leisurely pace:
amble, perambulate, promenade, ramble, saunter, stroll, wander.
nounAn act of walking, especially for pleasure.Often used in plural:
amble, perambulation, promenade, ramble, saunter, stroll, walk, wander.
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
klikatit setoulat se
hlykkjast, bugîastreika


2. [person] (= roam) → deambular, vagar; (in speech) → divagar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005




viMeander tiara
(= wind) [river] → serpenter; [road] → serpenter
A stream meandered towards the sea → Un ruisseauserpentait jusqu'à la mer.
[speech, conversation, account] → se perdre en méandres
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


vi (river)sich (dahin)schlängeln, mäandern; (person)wirr sein; (= go off subject)(vom Thema) abschweifen; (walking) → schlendern
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[mɪˈændəʳ] (river) → fare dei meandri; (person) → girovagare (fig) → divagare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995



Meander Synonym

) verb
1. (of a river) to flow slowly along with many bends and curves. The stream meandered through the meadows. meander يَتَعَرَّج، يَنْعَطِف извивам се serpentear klikatit se sich winden bugte sig ελίσσομαιserpentear looklema مسير پيچيده اى را طى کردن mutkitella serpenter לְהִתפַּתֵל टेढे़-मेढे़ बहना krivudati, vijugati kanyarog berkelok-kelok hlykkjast, bugðast serpeggiare 曲がりくねる 굽이쳐 흐르다 vingiuoti līkumot berkelok-kelok zich slingerenbukte segwić się ستونزمن مسير لرل serpear a şer­­pui извиваться kľukatiť sa vijugati se vijugati meandra, ringla sig (แม่น้ำ) ไหลคดเคี้ยว kıvrıla kıvrıla ilerlemek 蜿蜓而流 коліно ٹیڑھے میڑھے راستوں سے نکلنا chảy quanh co 蜿蜓而流
2. (of people etc) to wander about in various directions. His writing meanders all over the page. dwaal يَهيم، يَشْرُد криволича vaguear toulat se sich winden slentre omkring; slynge sig περιπλανιέμαιvagar, deambular, andar sin rumbo fijo risti-rästi jooksma مسير پيچيده harhailla vagabonder לְשוֹטֵט इधर-उधर फिरना या घूमना krivudati bolyong; kacskaringóz(ik) tanpa arah reika divagare; vagabondare さまよう 두서 없이 계속되다 klaidžioti, klydinėti klaiņot; klīst tanpa arah rondzwervenslynge seg błądzić ستونزمنه تګ لاره vaguear a scrie ilizibil бродить без цели; растекаться мыслью по древу túlať sa tavati tumarati irra omkring, gå hit och dit เดินเรื่อยเปื่อย orada burada dolaşmak 漫步,漫無目的地走,亂七八糟地佔滿 блукати навмання مختلف راستے اختیار کرنا đi lang thang 漫步
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