Faith in Action

Story of Vocation

8 May 2018

My Oxford tutor: Shana, have you ever wanted to become a nun?

Me: No… but I’ve always wanted to be Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music!

The above is a conversation with a Jewish Oxford tutor. He was intrigued by my Roman Catholic convent education. I...

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Let’s make 2018 the year to End Hunger in the UK!

20 Dec 2017

As many SCM members will be aware, growing numbers of people in the UK face hunger and destitution. Benefit cuts and changes, punitive sanctions, low pay, insecure work, and rises in the cost of living all combine to make life incredibly hard for too many of us.

Churches, food banks and a...

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Zimbabwe: Coup/Not a Coup

11 Dec 2017

I remember when I first arrived in the United Kingdom, even though I was excited about the new chapter in my life, my heart was burdened. I had left my home in an increasingly volatile situation and everything that means anything to me is there. There was increasing poverty, an explosive...

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Joy in Enough: Economics for People and Planet

4 Dec 2017

The Unfairness of an Economic System

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”  So goes Henry Ford’s oft parroted quote.  It is particularly popular with Donald Trump, who has tweeted it on at least three separate occasions.  Of course...

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Many trans people are in danger for their lives, and some Christians don't help

28 Nov 2017

On Monday evening, walking to meet a trans friend for a meal, I felt low, which is unusual for me. Suddenly it dawned on me that my mood was due to a clip from a breakfast television discussion I'd watched earlier that day. Once again, someone was expressing alarm about trans people: convicted...

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Sexual Predators, #metoo and #churchtoo

22 Nov 2017

Starting on Tuesday this week, there has been a new hashtag trending on Twitter. Following on from the viral #metoo hashtag on social media about the prevalence of sexual assault and abuse, #churchtoo has now appeared in the world of the internet to call out...

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Durham SCM Groups: Building Inclusive Faith Communities in the North East

22 Nov 2017

Durham SCM Societies

It certainly feels more than four-and-a-half months ago that I was approached by our society’s current president, Catherine Wickens, with the idea of joining our two SCM groups – Durham MethSoc and St Oswald’s Student Group – and forming a new student...

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Snowflakes and White Poppies

10 Nov 2017

In the Yorkshire Post this week, Anglican priest G.P. Taylor launched an attack on what he called the “snowflake generation”, for wearing white poppies.

In recent weeks, I’ve spent lots of time reading hostile, and often abusive, messages. Some...

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The Poppy Question: An Anabaptist Response

9 Nov 2017

Which poppy would you wear as part of the Gospel’s Peace Witness?

It appears that white poppies are quite liked by Anabaptists both here and in Canada, even though occasionally British ones decide to wear none at all, and some Canadians wear both (as Quakers often do in...

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The Strength to Remain (A Blog for Black History Month)

25 Oct 2017

Another black history month almost ends and it is still a good thing to honour and discover black historical figures that have been whitewashed from history pages. Though erased, they contributed to earth’s development. Although an excellent endeavour, black people have bigger fish to fry....

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