Reflections and Stories

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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Why You Should Stand For General Council!

7 Feb 2018
"My time on General Council has helped me grow personally and professionally, and given me the opportunity to take a lead on the direction of SCM. One of the things I love most about SCM is that we are not an organisation or an institution – we are a movement, a collective of students who make...
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Rach's Reflections - Our Little Boats

5 Feb 2018

Have you ever felt like you are just a small boat in a huge ocean? Like whatever you do isn’t going to make much of a difference? I often feel like that. The North West is so vast and I am only one person.

Last Friday, Simon (SCM’s National Coordinator) and I joined Student Workers and...

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Time to Talk Day 2018: A Christian Perspective

31 Jan 2018

We now live in a society where talking about mental health is a lot easier than it was. Increasingly we are seeing celebrities and even members of the Royal Family talking about times when they’ve experienced suffering, pain, or distress. People no longer need to fear being immediately locked...

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