Exploring Theology

Julian, Jesus, and Motherhood

17 May 2023

It was Mother’s Day in most countries other than the UK on Sunday (including the US, where I grew up), and I’ve been reading a lot of Julian of Norwich lately. So it seemed only natural to write about one of Julian’s most famous and unique theological concepts: Jesus as our divine mother.

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When Grace said "...", I thought "..."

17 Apr 2023

I really enjoyed reading Grace’s blog on prayer experimentation during Lent. I was surprised by how much I identified with, even though I’m neurotypical and Roman Catholic. So welcome to “when Grace said…, I thought…”! Here “Grace”...

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Does faith belong in politics? What we can learn from Kate Forbes' campaign

23 Feb 2023

The question of what role faith has in 21st century politics has come to the fore in the last few days as the socially conservative Kate Forbes launched her campaign to become the First Minister of Scotland. Kate belongs to the Free Church of Scotland, a denomination which opposes abortion...

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The Crucifixion as Unity

26 Jan 2023

The bishops of the Church of England could not have chosen a more ironic day than the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity to release a statement which failed to open up the possibility of allowing same-sex marriages to be affirmed by that church, after six years of the latest round...

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Finding God in Old Places: An Ex-Evangelical Perspective on Unity

23 Jan 2023

At Cambridge, we have a silly little tradition called “Bridgemas”. Because our terms end in very early December, most students don’t get much of a taste of Advent in Cambridge. Some bright spark, feeling hard-done-by, came up with the idea of “Bridgemas”; Christmas, but on the 25th November,...

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Interfaith is for everyone (but especially students!)

8 Nov 2022

Inter Faith week takes place in the UK every November. Its aims are to:

  • Strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels.
  • Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their...
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More in Common? Culture wars, Populism and the Prime Minister

23 May 2022

In her maiden speech to Parliament, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen Jo Cox said, “we are far more...

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Ministry Experience Scheme

29 Apr 2022

MES is a year out intiative for 18s-30s. It provides the opportunity to explore calling whilst gaining experience of Christian ministry and developing leadership skills. It is free to do, with accommodation and living expenses provided. Local schemes are recruiting now for a September start...

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Unpacking ‘bigger is not always better’: bodies, food, and health on the Church Time's front page

3 Nov 2021

If you read the Church Times – or engage with ‘Church twitter’ or similar circles on social media – you may have noticed a recent article on obesity that sparked some heated discourse. The article may have been a well-intentioned attempt to engage the Church with issues of physical health and...

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Hope in the Midst of Climate Crisis

12 Aug 2021

When I tell people that I am about to start a PhD focused on a theology of hope in a time of ecological crisis, I get a mix of reactions. Often, they look interested but at the same time quite surprised. There is a sense among many that climate change is a hopeless cause, and this pervades...

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