All blog posts in the 'Reflections and Stories' category

Incarnational Student Work

Submitted by Hilary on Thu, 12/02/2015 - 09:59

I love it when someone suggests a long word for something you’ve been thinking about but didn’t have a way of describing.  This week’s word is ‘incarnational’, which basically means living it out, rather than telling people what to do.

I think this is an important word for a movement like SCM. Sometimes we are all guilty of telling people what they should be doing, rather than leading by example. Rather than trying to persuade people to do things, or think in a certain way we need to just act and think and live as though God’s kingdom is here.

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Doubt and Uncertainty

Submitted by Hilary on Fri, 23/01/2015 - 11:53

At the recent ‘Godly Mayhem’ conference organised by the Progressive Christianity Network and SCM, one of the student participants raised the question of whether students are too young to cope with doubt, and whether embracing doubt and uncertainty is something we can only do when we are older and have a bit more life experience.

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Chaplaincy and Student Work - Spot the Difference!

Submitted by Hilary on Thu, 22/01/2015 - 15:27

I often find myself having circular conversations with church leaders about the differences between chaplaincy and student work. 

Sometimes it is hard to spot the difference, but when the student work doesn’t happen it is all too obvious. 

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Faith and doubt: The whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Submitted by Ellis on Mon, 27/10/2014 - 10:51

It’s natural to want clear and easy definitions of what we believe. But the world is a messy and complex place, full of contradictions. Can the Christian faith really resolve our doubts and contradictions?

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Searching for Truth in a sea of doubt

Submitted by SCM on Tue, 07/10/2014 - 15:02

The truth is out there...right? Faith in Action intern Stephen shares about his journey of faith - how the questions have opened up opportunities to learn from others and keep searching for the truth.

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Wrestling with Doubt: Why uncertainty can be valuable

Submitted by SCM on Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:12

Can having questions about God deepen the experience of our faith? For Fiona Haworth, struggling with questions and doubt is a valuable part of her faith – enriching the spaces that lead to a fuller understanding of the world and our identity as Christians.

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Meeting God in Silence and Community

Submitted by SCM on Wed, 19/03/2014 - 18:40

Taylor Driggers, a student at the University of Edinburgh, reflects on the Taizé community and how the simple art of contemplation brings thousands of Christians closer to God.

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The Value of Vision

Submitted by Ellis on Tue, 25/02/2014 - 11:49

Fresh vision can drive away the most apathetic voice. At Conference this year, Revd Inderjit invited us to consider what dream we are working towards.

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Melilla, global poverty and the student life

Submitted by Lizzie_G on Fri, 06/12/2013 - 14:21

International Development Studies student Lauren Stevens shares her musings on her year teaching abroad and her dreams for a better world. 

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Being Christ's Hands and Feet

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 22/09/2011 - 10:06

Leading up to SCM's Autumn Gathering 'No Hands but Ours', Student Reps Worker Chris Wood writes the first of a series of blog posts reflecting on St Teresa of Avila's prayer Christ has No Body:

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