Emma's blog

The New Normal?

How would you like to see society change for the better after we emerge from lockdown? How can you fight systemic injustice in your own community?

Small is Beautiful: Reconsidering Economics

Emma helps us get our priorities straight when it comes to money.

Queerly Beloved: Encountering God in the Every Day

Lu reflects on how existing as a queer person in the day-to-day mundanity of life is an act of resistance in itself. 

Resolutions for a Better World

The end of this year has felt pretty rough. I don’t know what further excitement awaits between now and 2020, but today as I’m writing Boris Johnson has been sharing his new plans for the country, we’ve heard the promise this morning that Brexit will be done by the end of January, Trump is facing impeachment, and we’ve been forecasted the hottest year on record in the UK in 2020 due to greenhouse gases. Everything feels to be in a state of turmoil, and our country and world feel more divided than ever when we should be uniting to face the problems we’ve created for ourselves.

Low Carbon Christmas

Anna Bland of Leeds Methodist Mission tells us about their latest event, exploring how we can love the Earth through slow activism this Christmas.

An Empty Chair

I was deeply saddened this week by yet another example of homophobia in the church. Churches Together in England have made the decision that the only way they can continue to work towards unity between the churches is to block the Quakers’ nominated president, Hannah Brock Womack, from taking up this role due to the fact that she is married to someone of the same sex as her.

Lest We Remember

 Peace, Poppies, and the Purpose of Remembrance.

The Importance of Reflective Activism

When faced with political tension, injustice on a huge scale, climate breakdown and the myriad other problems facing our society today, it is tempting to dive in and try and solve these issues straight away. Reflection can feel like a waste of time, and theology can feel irrelevant in the face of so much physical suffering and violence.

Chaplaincy as Presence

Emma reflects on how chaplaincy maintains a religious presence in secular spaces, with help from the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.