Reflections and Stories

Where Jesus Might Need Us

31 May 2018

There is something of a misconception that vocation in the Church involves, or should involve, becoming ordained or being in some kind licensed position. I’m not sure that’s right. The bottom line of vocation is following the call to follow Him; once he has that commitment, he can work through...

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Intergenerational (in)justice

31 May 2018

Every generation is different. Every generation has a different experience of the world.  Every generation brings something new and interesting to the table.

In a fair society, each generation might expect to inherit opportunities which are at the very least equal to those open to the...

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Rach's Reflections - Heaven Jump

15 May 2018

Acts 2 is often classed as the birth of the church and seems to be everywhere at the moment.  So when given the opportunity to preach on Acts 1, I was excited to get my teeth into the start of the story. Luke's second book starts with Jesus and his ascension into heaven. I spent Ascension in...

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More than a Man Bun

19 Apr 2018

Over the last twelve months I have been covering for Hilary as National Coordinator of the Student Christian Movement and in fact I never really anticipated that I would be doing this. Someone once told me that you should never apply for a job that you think you will get in an attempt to stretch...

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Rach's Reflections - Amen

5 Apr 2018

A couple of weeks ago I spent my Saturday at the Joint Public Issues Team Conference in Manchester, and as well as staffing the SCM Stall and catching up with many Methodist friends, I had the chance to attend two of the workshops. In the first, the team explored generational justice issues ...

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Reflections on Gifts of Grace : Forgiveness for Collective Suffering

26 Mar 2018

Going to Gifts of Grace in Glasgow (all the alliteration!) was an exciting and moving experience. I had been quite tired and stressed the week leading up to it and was dreading meeting lots of new people as well as keeping up with the sessions. I was exhausted (and I have to admit I spent most...

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Rach's Reflections - Everybody's changing

5 Mar 2018

In my 18 months with SCM nothing has stayed static. On my first day, I was told everything we thought we knew about my office in Manchester was up on the air. Eighteen months later I've had a number of different desks and shared offices with none, one or seven people, and now I have moved out of...

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Created and Formed

22 Feb 2018

There’s a picture on my fridge that I both love and hate looking at every time I go to my kitchen. It’s a drawing done for me by a member of my then church on the occasion of my confirmation, featuring a rainbow and the latter part of Isaiah 43:1 –

Fear not, for I have...

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Prayers Are Not Enough

16 Feb 2018

I suppose we all have some feelings about the recent mass shooting in Florida, from anger and sadness to frustration and disbelief.  There has been much discussion about the incident on social media, and what I have found so...

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Rach's Reflections - The First (Student) Sunday of Lent

14 Feb 2018

As Easter moves each year we always get a different set of dates that fit each significant day. I think there is something meaningful about Ash Wednesday clashing with Valentine’s Day and Easter Sunday falling on April Fool’s Day this year, but that is a blog for another day – maybe in 40 days...

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