Reflections and Stories

Inspirational Women: St Hilda of Whitby

6 Mar 2017

Over the past year I’ve found myself being drawn again to the Northumbrian saints of the so-called Dark Ages. This was partly prompted by a realisation that Oswestry, one of the nearest towns to where I now live, is named for St Oswald, and is said to be where he died in battle. It grew further...

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The Joy of Lent

1 Mar 2017

I once heard Lent described as a three-legged stool comprising of fasting, penance, and almsgiving. Take any single leg away, and it tips the other two off balance and renders the whole thing useless. When I first heard this, I was surprised: almsgiving is a part of Lent? Isn’t it all about...

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One student’s story of faith in Liverpool

20 Feb 2017

I started the journey to find a church in Liverpool at the very start of my second year. I’d grown up in a Church of England family and had decided to get confirmed at 17, but in my first year I’d never even looked for a church in Liverpool; I hardly remember the thought crossing my mind. It had...

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All Are Welcome: Lessons from Roller Derby

14 Feb 2017

Eighteen months ago I took a big leap of faith and moved to a new city where I knew no-one. As such, finding communities that offered a welcome was really important to my feeling comfortable and at home.

I quickly joined two communities – a local church and a roller derby team.

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Belonging: Finding Space for Room

13 Feb 2017

“And on this rock I shall build my church” (Matthew 16:18)

As I leave the walls of church behind me, in the ice-cold wind, I ponder. For indeed each brick found a place to belong to the next, as churches were constructed all over the land, in such abundance. Beautiful architecture of its...

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All Are Welcome: Nathan's Story

7 Feb 2017

In 2006, my mum, a Methodist minister, was appointed to be the minister for a couple of churches in and around Hexham – a small market town in rural Northumberland. With this being my mum’s first appointment, it was a big change for all of the family. For me, it was a scary but exciting time....

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The Challenge of Welcome

1 Feb 2017

“We are a welcoming church” is something churches often use to describe our congregations - but if we are honest, it’s easier said than done. Welcome is an interesting word, with meanings around greeting, invitation, and hospitality. On one level, a welcome is fairly easy - a friendly hello does...

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What It Means To Be Accepted

25 Jan 2017

I was born in Italy in a Catholic family and environment. My parents cared a lot about my spiritual wellbeing, making me go to Sunday school every week to learn the teachings of Jesus. From as early as I can remember, I could feel a difference between things I used to hear at Church and things I...

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The Summer I Met Martin Luther King Jr.

16 Jan 2017

In the summer of 1964, the Revd Ian Whyte – then a divinity student at the University of Glasgow and SCM member – was spending his time at the Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, often preaching at the local church in Alabama. Outside the beautiful surroundings of the college,...

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Extending the Fruits of Community: A 2016 Retrospective

4 Jan 2017

In so many different ways, 2016 has been a harrowing year: the spiral of death and destruction continued unabated in Syria, vast political upheaval shocked and shook those of us fighting for the rights of those on the margins of society, while many of our heroes on the public stage departed from...

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