Blogs

The Courage to Be: Against Death

By SCM on 25 Sep 2019

"Paul Tillich’s “The Courage to Be” is arguably one of the most important theological books to be published in the 20th Century, particularly in the field of non-classical theology. It’s also quite hard to read." In this new blog series by Nathan Olsen he explains what Tillich was going on about, why it should be important to us, and how we can apply it to our current political, social and spiritual situation. 

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Protests for Peace and Campaigns for the Climate: Faith in Action Update

By Emma on 19 Sep 2019

Emma updates us on SCM's current campaigns! 

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Moving Away From Fire and Brimstone

By SCM on 18 Sep 2019

When I was a teenager, I remember walking through Birmingham city centre and passing two groups of religious evangelists. One group were shouting at passersby, talking about hellfire and brimstone. The other group were engaging people who approached them in conversation. 

Guess which ones were Christian? 

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The What? and How? of Evangelism

By SCM on 27 Aug 2019

“Are you saved?” the street preacher asked, looking suspiciously at my glittery nails. After I said yes, we both looked at each other in awkward silence: he couldn’t believe the glitter-man was a Christian, and I couldn’t believe people still do the whole turn-or-burn on the streets. Whilst the whole encounter left me a bit uncomfortable, I think the reason evangelism is considered a taboo subject in certain circles is simply a matter of method (how) and content (what), rather than reluctance to commit to the great commission.

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Pay No Attention to the Curtain Rent in Twain

By SCM on 21 Aug 2019

Ellen reflects on the new trend of turning cathedrals into tourist attractions, and the Church of England's reluctance to call a spade a spade when it comes to evangelism. 

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Receptive Ecumenism

By SCM on 14 Aug 2019

Annika recounts her ecumenical experiences, and reflects on her work towards promoting receptive ecumenism in the Anglican and Methodist traditions. 

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One Diamond, Many Facets: The Richness of Diversity

By SCM on 1 Aug 2019

Being part of an ecumenical community is an invitation from God to see our differences as enriching, rather than as an obstacle. A journey to global love and peace-making, which is what we are called to do in our Christian life, starts with valuing the differences of those next to us. Father Tonino Bello highlighted this when he said,

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Rach's Reflection: Evangelism is a Scary Word

By Rach Collins on 1 Aug 2019

Rach looks back over how she "did evangelism" in the past, and what it looks like for her today.

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Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places

By SCM on 1 Aug 2019

Molly shares her love of ecumenism with us, exploring how it doesn't lessen her identity as a Baptist, but rather strengthens it.

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What is Ecumenism? What isn’t it?

By SCM on 24 Jul 2019

Let me first be clear by ruling out what ecumenism is not and should not be. Ecumenism is often wrongly caricatured as merely passively accepting everything other denominations say, think, do and believe without thought or question. However, to participate in the services or activities of another denomination and to converse and discuss with those from other Churches is not a one-dimensional, binary zero-sum game. To engage in ecumenism is not to compromise on your core principles, backslide, betray your values or become a relativist.

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