Reflections and Stories

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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Rach's Reflection: A People in Exile

28 Apr 2020

If you've attended my “How to Run a Workshop” workshop, you’ll know how much I love the phrase “I Wonder?”. I use it often to start questions; I find it helps to open the mind.  

I learnt to wonder myself through Godly Play, a method of exploring God's word through interactive play. Just...

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Affording Dignity in Death: The Unsung Heroes of COVID-19

16 Apr 2020

I work for SCM four days a week as the Church and Community Fundraiser. I love getting to talk to so many different people and hearing their stories about how the movement has impacted their life. However, working part-time also leaves me with one day a week to do something else! I like to keep...

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A Shout Out to Chaplaincy

8 Apr 2020

And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” - 2 Corinthians 6:16 (NKJV)

Day 3 in the Big...

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Be still

6 Apr 2020

I don’t know about anybody else, but I am terrible at being still. Whilst my body may revere anything vaguely resembling exercise, my brain is never quiet. My head is constantly filled with ever changing thoughts: from things I’ve done, to things I want to do, to intricate theories about my...

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