Reflections and Stories

Between the Back Door of the Bungalow and the Garden Gate: A Vocation Story

26 Apr 2022

28 years ago today, on the 13th April, I received my calling to be a priest. I was 18 and preparing to do A levels before heading to university to study Law and History. I planned to be a lawyer, but God intervened. For a long time I wasn’t really aware of the date this happened on, but I...

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United in Christ: Ecumenism and the World Church

18 Jan 2022

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18 – 25 January) is an international initiative aimed at fostering mutual respect and collaboration between the many different denominations that make up the world church. It is a great example of ecumenism in action.

Ecumenism is a concept derived...

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Ten Times the UK Welcomed the Stranger (and the Positive Impact They Had)

18 Dec 2021
The Christmas period presents the perfect time to reflect on the importance of welcoming the stranger, the migrant, and the refugee. Whether it...
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Proud to Be... A Fighter

7 Oct 2021

Pride is something I have a strange relationship with. I definitely relate to the ‘seven deadly sins’ type of pride: the pride that comes before a fall. Yet feeling proud of myself for something that I’ve done is something that comes less naturally. Perhaps it’s the legacy of being in an...

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Reflections on Reading Living in Love and Faith

20 Sep 2021

For the past eight months, SCM members, trustees and staff have been meeting regularly to read and discuss the Living in Love and Faith resources. Here, members of the group reflect on their experience.

We started reading the Living in Love and Faith book back when it was...

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Community & Belonging

5 Aug 2021

It’s a long time since I was managing a university’s clearing hotline – last century, in fact! Yet I still remember clearly the feeling of the jolt of adrenalin as we switched the phone system on and calls began to arrive on results day. Today is a day of rollercoaster emotions – joy,...

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Stories of Hope: Looking to the World Church

5 Aug 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has made everyone’s world that little bit smaller. We spend less time outside, and certainly less time in other countries. This context has forced us to spend more time focusing on ourselves or those close to us. As a result, it is often harder to find hope because if you...

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Hope in the Midst of Illness

15 Jun 2021

CW: illness, cancer, death

In 2017 I was diagnosed with a glioblastoma - a type of malignant brain tumour. It has very low survival rates. On average people with this diagnosis survive for 12-18 months, with only 25% surviving for more than a year and only 5% more than five years.


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Lent in a Year of Wilderness

25 Feb 2021

I heard some people say last year that Lent 2020 was the ‘Lentiest Lent they’d ever Lented’. Our world was turned upside down, and I think we would all have had our doubts if we’d been told then that by Lent 2021, life would look much the same – physical distancing, rising death counts, and...

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From the Archives: Living with Aids

28 Jan 2021

Please note that the articles published in Movement Magazine some decades ago do not necessarily reflect the views of SCM now, its staff, its trustees, or members. These articles are provided to demonstrate the history of SCM in relation to LGBTQ+ history. This article is from Movement...

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