Faith in Action

No Faith in War: Reflections from the Arms Fair

15 Oct 2019

The presence of God is all around us but what is difficult is being aware of her presence. Sat in the middle of a road, surrounded by people, singing and praying – I felt her presence. As the police began arresting Quakers in the middle of an act of worship – I felt her presence. Hearing the...

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Bonhoeffer: The Man Behind the Hero

7 Oct 2019

I find that the best part of In Our Time is the extra five minutes at the end of the podcast version, where guests can raise issues around the subject that there wasn’t time for in the main radio show. The episode on Dietrich Bonhoeffer ...

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Protests for Peace and Campaigns for the Climate: Faith in Action Update

19 Sep 2019

Protesting for Peace: DSEI 2019

On the 3rd of September SCM members joined me at the DSEI Arms Fair to protest the sale of weapons to known human rights abusers. This event, sponsored by the British government, brings together some of the biggest dealers of weapons and security...

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The What? and How? of Evangelism

27 Aug 2019

“Are you saved?” the street preacher asked, looking suspiciously at my glittery nails. After I said yes, we both looked at each other in awkward silence: he couldn’t believe the glitter-man was a Christian, and I couldn’t believe people still do the whole turn-or-burn on the streets. Whilst the...

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Pay No Attention to the Curtain Rent in Twain

21 Aug 2019

Earlier this month, Norwich Cathedral installed a helter-skelter in its nave as part of its Seeing it Differently Campaign. Reverend Canon Andy Bryant, the cathedral’s Canon for Mission and Pastoral Care, said the fairground ride was intended to give visitors a better view of the ornate ceiling...

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Holy Activism, Batman! Top Tips for Taking Direct Action

10 Jul 2019

I’ve been fortunate to have been involved with many forms of direct action over the years, some with people of faith, but more often with people who simply share a conviction that ‘another world’ is only possible if we use every tool...

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Campaigning on Campus!

9 Jul 2019

Campaigning on university campuses can be pretty daunting if you haven’t much experience. Even now, after over a year involved in Amnesty and SCM, I often find myself unsure how to approach a campaign. Sure, you can stand along a popular route and hand out information leaflets, but are you...

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Keep Fighting the Good Fight

27 Jun 2019

In June 2017, the Scottish Episcopal Church voted to legislate for marriage equality within the Church. That was a life-affirming and life-changing moment for me, and for friends and strangers across Scotland and around the world. I'd joined the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church in...

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Doing Enough? Activism and Protest as a Person of Colour

25 Jun 2019

I remember feeling two emotions when I attended a University of Birmingham student-led Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest a few years ago: pride and guilt. I felt proud standing in solidarity with my British peers, knowing the fight against white supremacy was a worthy cause whether in the United...

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The Importance of Reflective Activism

25 Jun 2019

When faced with political tension, injustice on a huge scale, climate breakdown and the myriad other problems facing our society today, it is tempting to dive in and try and solve these issues straight away. Reflection can feel like a waste of time, and theology can feel irrelevant in the face...

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