Student Life

Reflection: How lockdown brought SCM members together

21 Mar 2021

The coronavirus lockdown measures announced by the Government urged members of the public to stay at home unless absolutely necessary, prohibiting large gatherings. Having previously headed a local SCM group for two years, I found the prospect of being forced to cancel our exciting schedule for...

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Sending Your Students Well

23 Jul 2020

When you buy an SCM Gift Membership for a student the excitement and anticipation of the welcome pack and the years to come with SCM will (hopefully!) be a joy and delight to them, but in case you want to bless them even further here are a few ideas!

Make a Prayer Hamper 

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Purpose Lost

4 Jun 2020

It all started a few weeks ago when I was leading my team through a critical time. Like most charities and organisations, my colleagues and I at Church of England - Birmingham, had been responding to the COVID-19 crisis. All of us were trying to take in the constant waves of new information,...

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We’ll Meet Again: The Grief of Uncertain Endings

4 Jun 2020

Many of us will have seen Legally Blonde, where the graduation ceremony is the happily-ever-after ending that closes the film. We are continually sold this idyllic promise that our time at university will end with a triumphant graduation ceremony; yet the reality is more complex than it...

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Comparison is the Thief of Grief

4 Jun 2020

“Don’t stress mate. At least you had some wine.”

I have a memory from my temperamental mid-teens, of sitting on a park bench sobbing about a row I’d had with a school friend. An older gentleman, passing by with his dog, stopped for a moment and said “cheer up love, it could be worse”,...

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Resources for Worried People

17 Mar 2020

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious in these uncertain times, as many of us are, we hope this collection of prayers and spiritual resources will be of some comfort. If you have a poem, prayer or resource that is helping you in this time please feel free to share it in the comments!

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A Couple of Methodists, an Anglican, a Unitarian and Some Board Games…

12 Mar 2020

“You walk into a room and are greeted by a couple of Methodists, an Anglican, a Unitarian and some board games…”.

Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke - but this was actually the first time I ever went to an SCM Leeds gathering just after moving to the University of Leeds!...

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'They Just Get It'

18 Feb 2020

When asked to reflect on what I value in the Student Christian Movement, my first thought was that ‘they just get it’.

In an anxious church where I’m often asked ‘how many‘, 'how much’, working with allies who are brave enough to step out of this rhetoric is empowering and liberating. SCM...

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If Not For That: A Freshers' Reflection

1 Oct 2019

I wish I could do Freshers differently. I would have made more of an effort to find out who my flatmates were beforehand, so I wasn’t ‘the unknown quantity’ in the flat (my words not theirs - they were all very friendly). I wish I’d been a bit bolder about going out and meeting people. I wouldn’...

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Chaplaincy as Presence

21 May 2019

‘I’m still discovering right up to this moment, that it is only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith… That is what I call this-worldliness: living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes, and failures, experiences and perplexities. In so doing,...

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