Deepening Faith

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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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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5 Reasons Why Theology is Important for Non-Theology Students

6 Dec 2016

To any non-theology students, the word ‘theology’ might conjure up some intimating images: the intense study of God within the halls of academia, a subject that’s confined to lectures and seminars, where only serious study can do it justice.

But really theology is an essential part of the...

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Take My Hand: Touching Difference in Art and Faith

7 Nov 2016

Towards the end of the film The History Boys, Hector, the teacher played by Richard Griffiths, says that ‘[t]he best moments in reading are when you come across something—a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things—that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set...

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Repost: Wrestling with Doubt and Uncertainty

10 Oct 2016

It makes headlines when faith leaders acknowledge the possibility of doubt. Back in 2014, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, ...

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My Mental Health and University

3 Oct 2016

University is hard.  Whichever way you look at it, it throws a whole load of firsts at you in a very short space of time.  You start living away from home, with new people, a brand new place, a new environment and you have to cook for yourself, in a new kitchen with a band new set of cooking...

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Keeping My Faith Alive at University: Gemma’s Uni Story

12 Sep 2016

My time at university has been the period where my faith has developed the most. At university I have encountered people from a far more diverse range of denominations and backgrounds than I ever had at school. Studying theology has made me aware of a broader range of different theological...

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Finding my faith

8 Aug 2016

Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.” (Mark...

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How Being Part of MethSoc has Kept My Faith Alive at University

26 Jul 2016

I am able to say, with absolute sincerity, that joining the Methodist Society (MethSoc) at the University of Birmingham has been both an enriching and deeply encouraging experience for me. From the much welcome hot meals, of which there have been many, to the companionship and communion shared...

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What I learn from my students

6 Jun 2016

Sixteen years on from my own graduation I now have to admit that the students I minister to and teach at the LSE belong to a different generation. That was brought home to me when I started as chaplain here and I asked the president of the Islamic Society how it felt to be a Muslim in post-9/11...

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