Reflections and Stories

No Name Unknown to God

22 Nov 2020

On Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020 members of SCM and their friends gathered online to honor the trans* lives lost in the past year. Led by trans* members of SCM, the vigil was a time of mourning, honouring, and hope as we looked to the future. 

As part of the vigil attendees wrote a...

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Be Strong. Have Courage. Don't lose hope.

13 Nov 2020

Throughout my life I have collected a number of different mantras. Holding on to them, chewing them over, letting them sink in and become a familiar space I can return to when times are difficult. They have ranged from the ancient Persian adage, “This too shall pass”, to the not quite as ancient...

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Reflections from a Christian Witch

12 Nov 2020

I’m a Christian, and I’m a witch. You could call me Christopagan, or a Christian Wiccan, although I don’t pretend to be an expert on any of those things. All I know is, I’ve done a lot of reading and a lot of research, and… in terms of faith, that’s what feels right for me right now.

I...

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The World Is Watching

3 Nov 2020

My name is Anna and I am a Christian Texan Democrat. For four years, I’ve struggled to believe what I’ve seen on TV and on the social media feeds of Christians I know. I’ve watched faith leaders support a man that is a known misogynistic racist elitist. I’ve watched with horror as many...

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Let Justice Run Down Like Water

2 Nov 2020

In 2008 I had just finished high school, and I was off to a Christian college in downtown Chicago to learn about Christian Ministry. I hoped to partner with the Holy Spirit to see lives transformed and communities impacted by the gospel; after all I only made to university because of the help...

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America's Last Chance? A Reflection on the 2020 Election

27 Oct 2020

Growing up, I was fascinated by my American heritage. Proud to say that I wasn’t just British, I was constantly researching Washington State (where my father is from) and thinking about what it would be like to live there. I’ve twice had the privilege to visit my family there and some of my...

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Rach’s Reflection: One Last Time

6 Aug 2020

Back in July, two significant things happened as the SCM staff team returned from Furlough: I received an Alice Fraser necklace in the post, and Disney Plus released Hamilton. Sometimes musicals become a part of you; you find lyrics speak to what’s...

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Exile As Opportunity: The Fringes and Hidden Corners of the Church

15 Jul 2020

As lockdown eases towards another ‘new normal’, I want to share some brief reflections on what the ‘exile of lockdown’ has been like for people from my own denomination (Roman Catholicism), as well as how this ‘shared’ exile we are in as the Church compares with what might be termed ‘isolated’...

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Black Grief

9 Jun 2020

Systematic racism and police brutality towards Black people is not news to many of us. There are not enough words that can fully articulate the pain and grief that comes when a fellow Black person is targeted and killed, simply because of the pigment on their skin.

George Floyd’s death...

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Zooming Off and Unexpected Fruits

9 Jun 2020

One of the distinctive characteristic of being human is our desire to mark moments in life. Birthdays, weddings, funerals; we create rituals all over the place to manage change. Universities are particularly good at establishing rituals. Think of freshers' week, the new trend of photographing...

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