Creating Community

A Community United: Thoughts from Wondering & Wandering

28 Mar 2019

Two weeks ago I gathered together with a group of fellow Christian students from across the country for the Student Christian Movement National Gathering, titled 'Wondering and Wandering'. The event saw students from across the UK from Glasgow to Southampton come to Hebron Hall near Cardiff take...

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Carving Out Christian Community

20 Mar 2019
How do you participate in a Christian community when you cannot attend church due to health issues? This was the painful predicament I found myself in several years ago, when a shift in my mental stability meant that attending church became challenging and, at times, even dangerous. I do not...
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Embracing the Unexpected: Finding Community at University

21 Aug 2018
If you’re off to university in September (congratulations!), you might have heard something like this from several lovely and very well meaning youth leaders, ministers, vicars or parents: ‘When you get to uni, make sure you get involved with other Christians on campus and find a good lively...
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A Week In Silence

8 Sep 2017
For a lot of people, even doing a day in silence would be a daunting thought. I’d had such a busy year of having to be loud and talkative when I really just wanted to do the opposite that I was in need of some serious reflection time. So, when my friends in SCM Leeds said they were going to...
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Why I’m Spending a Year Living With a Community of Nuns

3 Jul 2017

Vocation was described by Frederick Buechner as the place where our deep joy meets the world’s deep need. In a few days, I’ll be attempting to find my own sense of calling by spending 12 months living with the Order of the Holy Paraclete, a community of nuns at St Hilda’s Priory in Whitby. Often...

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More in Common

22 Jun 2017

These past few weeks I have been sad, angry and asking questions. With Grenfell, the terror attacks in Manchester and London, and the recent attack on the Finsbury park Mosque. At times, it all feels too much. It’s in these moments that I look to my Christian faith and ask what Jesus would do....

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Getting Together and Building Community

19 Jun 2017

This weekend marked one year since the tragic death of Jo Cox MP, a brilliant lady who fought for justice, equality and unity throughout her time as a politician, and who inspired many people in her community. On the anniversary of her death, local communities up and down the country took part...

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Brexit, Division and Social Cohesion: One Year On

14 Jun 2017

Jesus knew all about social divisions coarsened by national disappointment. Yes, the Somewheres (#MakeIsraelGreatAgain) were oppressed by the Anywheres (the globe-trotting Roman elite). His response was personal encounter.

So thousands of Christians (and the CUF...

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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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Living Well in Community

22 Aug 2016

What does ‘community’ mean? The word crops up everywhere, from David Cameron’s ill-fated ‘Big Society’ to a way of trying to help new first-year students settle in to university life. It becomes a go-to word when bad things happen. When my city flooded last Christmas, a great deal was made of...

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