Reflections and Stories

Created and Formed

22 Feb 2018

There’s a picture on my fridge that I both love and hate looking at every time I go to my kitchen. It’s a drawing done for me by a member of my then church on the occasion of my confirmation, featuring a rainbow and the latter part of Isaiah 43:1 –

Fear not, for I have...

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Prayers Are Not Enough

16 Feb 2018

I suppose we all have some feelings about the recent mass shooting in Florida, from anger and sadness to frustration and disbelief.  There has been much discussion about the incident on social media, and what I have found so...

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Rach's Reflections - The First (Student) Sunday of Lent

14 Feb 2018

As Easter moves each year we always get a different set of dates that fit each significant day. I think there is something meaningful about Ash Wednesday clashing with Valentine’s Day and Easter Sunday falling on April Fool’s Day this year, but that is a blog for another day – maybe in 40 days...

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Rach's Reflections - Our Little Boats

5 Feb 2018

Have you ever felt like you are just a small boat in a huge ocean? Like whatever you do isn’t going to make much of a difference? I often feel like that. The North West is so vast and I am only one person.

Last Friday, Simon (SCM’s National Coordinator) and I joined Student Workers and...

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4 Top Reasons Why You Don’t Need a New Year’s Resolution

5 Jan 2018

Here are my top 4 reasons you don’t need a New Year’s Resolution.

1. It’s still Christmas.

Capitalism has shifted the focus of Christmas to a single day with lots of presents, family and turkey (followed by Sales shopping). Traditionally in the run-up to Christmas, Christians would...

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Rach's Reflections - So That

4 Jan 2018

Behind the scenes at SCM at the moment we are trying to work out who or what we are. Don't worry, we are not going to stop being a movement of Christian students that care about deepening faith and putting that faith into action in diverse and inclusive communities! What we are trying to do is...

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Rach's Reflections - My Little Jar of Advent

18 Dec 2017

This year, for the first time ever, I've not had a chocolate Advent calendar. I actually thought that I might go without anything this year; I'd looked at the different charity options, the "think, pray and act" sort of things, and seen the "take a photo everyday" style but had not found...

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Responding to #MeToo

14 Dec 2017

Content Information:  This blog post discusses and refers to sexual assault and abuse in a non-specific way and contains no descriptions.

Every year, Time Magazine names and profiles a “Person of the Year” – a person, group or idea that has done the most to influence the events...

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Rach's Reflections - If I weren't a Christian

21 Nov 2017

As you may know, it was interfaith week last week. I have had the opportunity to attend two different events. First, on Wednesday the group who normally meet for Coracle went to Manchester Met Student’s Union for a “Speed Faithing” event.

It was great to meet with people of other faiths...

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Through the eyes of Barth: The Bible as divine revelation

13 Nov 2017

Last year a friend of mine said to me “I’m surprised you believe in the big bang theory and evolution.” I, of course, had to ask why. “Well, you’re a bit of a biblical fundamentalist; if it’s not in the bible, you don’t believe in it.” On one level, my friend wasn’t wrong. When it comes to...

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