Reflections and Stories

Dream Big, Dream Bold, Dream Beautiful

16 Nov 2015

Being here today is kind of strange for me, because I couldn’t afford to go to my graduation.

Maybe I secretly knew I would get the robes eventually! I feel very grand. I like it.

I’m a University of Derby graduate. I studied International Development at the Keddleston Campus. It’s...

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A Story of Racism

15 Oct 2015

One of my most significant memories of growing up in a migrant African Caribbean family in Bradford, West Yorkshire, was my first day at school. I arrived at the gates of an infant school in September 1969, the first child of Noel and Lucille Reddie. I was five years old. I remember being placed...

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Of Holy Hills and Forbidden Walls

24 Sep 2015

It was truly an opportunity of a lifetime to visit the Holy Land in the month of June this year. The trip was made possible by a grant from the Society of Friends of St.Andrew’s Jerusalem, Church of Scotland. The whole experience could be briefly shared in two interconnected sections: One is the...

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Exodus and Exile

21 Sep 2015

From beginning to end the Bible is a narrative of migration, compiled from the stories of migrants. Adam and Eve are exiled. Abraham leaves his home for the Promised Land. Joseph was a resident alien. Moses and the Israelites find freedom through emigration. Displacement follows empire. Jesus...

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Life after university

22 Jun 2015

Firstly, if you are graduating this year: well done!

Secondly, you’re probably thinking about what life will be like.  Leaving university or college can feel both exciting and scary with the balance fluctuating wildly between the two, especially if you’re enjoyed your university...

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Are you ready to find your life?

27 Apr 2015

Vocation: what does that word mean to you? I have...

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Staying Silent: Why Christians Hide Support for Same Sex Relationships (Part Two)

15 Apr 2015

My name is Joey. I’m a gay Christian. I need to say that more often.

Five years ago, I went home from university for the weekend to tell my Mum that I’m gay. I’d spent my first year as a student embracing Warwick Chaplaincy life, where I was welcomed with tea and cake and made great...

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Staying Silent: Why Christians Hide Support for Same Sex Relationships (Part One)

13 Apr 2015

When I was 19 I became a Christian. I was welcomed into a conservative evangelical church in which I was loved and supported. But I was also exposed to some beliefs and attitudes which took me years to shake off and recover from.

Let me set a scene: a teenager in a church youth group asks...

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A Journey to Faith

26 Mar 2015

This is a record of my experience as a convert from atheist to Christian in my early twenties. I grew up in a household where my father was an anti-theist, the idea of stepping foot inside a church made him deeply uncomfortable and so, as a family, we rarely did. Christianity was a dirty word in...

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International Women's Day: Alberta Williams King

3 Mar 2015

Sunday 8th March is International Women’s Day; this is a day of celebration and recognition of the achievements of women across the world. This year, the official UN theme is ‘Make It Happen’. All too often women’s achievements are sidelined and ignored, and International Women’s Day attempts to...

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