Faith in Action

A photo of poet Mary Oliver with the words Mary Oliver: The Divine in Nature

Finding the Divine in Nature with Mary Oliver

24 Oct 2022

Between now and January, Naomi and I will be looking at three broad themes in our Faith in Action work. One of these is ‘Finding the Divine’.

For me, finding the divine is about seeing God in all of their many forms and faces, and in spaces and at times that aren’t ‘religious’. It’s about...

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Faith in Action: Grace's Story

20 Oct 2022

I grew up in the Lutheran church in Pennsylvania, which probably accounts for a good 40% of my personality. The church of my childhood was and is one that gets things done. No one was all that concerned about what you actually believed, so long as it was adjacent to the Nicene Creed and wasn’t...

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Ethical Church Shopping

14 Sep 2022

When we go to a supermarket or shop, many brand names often call for our attention. Sometimes we choose a product because of price, or a deal. But more and more often people are making choices based on their values.

That might be a fairtrade banana, coffee, or bar of chocolate; it might...

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Reflecting on a year working at SCM

6 Sep 2022

After a year of working for SCM, today (5th September) is my final day with this incredible organisation, and as one of my final acts I wanted to write something that captured, at least in part, what a privilege it has been to be a small part of this amazing movement.

I came to SCM wary...

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Elizabeth Fry – A Life Lived Through Faith in Action

23 Aug 2022

Elizabeth Fry might be one of most recognisable faces of 1800s due to the years that her image spent gracing the £5 banknote, something I am not sure she’d be completely comfortable with given she was a ‘plain Friend’ and followed her Quaker religion very strictly - dressing plainly, avoiding a...

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On Small Resistances and Powerful Reconciliations

22 Aug 2022

With its history and efforts of reconciliation and remembrance, visiting Berlin is a humbling experience. It forces us to face our own smallness in the face of indescribable horror. The systematic structure of atrocities the city has witnessed left me overwhelmed and questioning how it could be...

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“You don’t need to feel sorry for me – but you DO need to accommodate me”: a provocation for Disability Pride Month

13 Jul 2022

Content note: brief references to bullying; non-clerical abuse; psychosis. 

I have heard voices since I was 5 years old, but the voices I heard from ages 5 - 20 were not psychosis: it’s just the way my brain operates. I had no issues attending church, for example; I’d go...

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