Refugees

Welcoming Refugees in the Syrian Kitchen at All Hallows Church

14 Dec 2016

For two years, All Hallows Church in Leeds has been running a Real Junk Food Café as part of their community outreach. The idea behind it is simple: food that would otherwise go to waste is instead used to cook delicious meals for local...

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Faith and Frontiers Today

15 Nov 2016

On 5 November I attended Project Bonhoeffer’s event, ‘Faith and Frontiers Today’, which left a lot of room for theological thought. Firstly, Esther Reed’s talk on transnationalism and the work of Bonhoeffer was interesting and led me to question key things that I had come to understand about the...

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Confronted With Christ (In a Full Dress Kilt)

31 Oct 2016

On a Friday night in October, Christ confronted me in a full Dress Kilt.

From 14-16 October, SCM Glasgow hosted the SCM Scotland gathering at Wellington Church in the heart of Glasgow’s West End and the University of Glasgow campus. On the Friday night we gathered for introductions before...

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The Refugee Campaign so far…

17 Oct 2016

At the beginning of the last academic year, SCM launched a campaign in partnership with Student Action on Refugees (STAR). The main focus was on STAR’s Equal Access campaign- lobbying the government for equal opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers in our higher education system, and...

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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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A Blogger’s Life: Speaking Up for Those on the Margins

12 Jul 2016

Having blogged sporadically over the last 10 years, I decided during my degree to start up a semi-regular blog about the things I was learning: from my studies, my experiences, and my job. Writing helps me piece different information together, to clarify my view, and to express ideas as I'm...

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Defending the Stranger

21 Mar 2016

The Bible, being a history of God’s people, is in many ways a book about those who are displaced, lost or cast out. This is clear from the beginning. Whether it be being cast out of the Garden of Eden, exiled in Egypt or lost in the desert, surrounded by foreigners, the people of God have had...

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Costing Everything

29 Feb 2016

A while ago, my colleague Ellis asked me to write a blog about ‘costly discipleship’, which is a phrase Dietrich Bonhoeffer used. In Bonhoeffer’s view, there could be no Christian faith ‘without discipleship’ and this meant a ‘costly’ following of Christ. When Bonhoeffer said that Christ calls...

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Why are we campaigning for refugees?

24 Nov 2015

From 2015 to 2017, SCM is joining with Student Action for Refugees (STAR) to focus our campaign work on supporting and advocating for refugee rights. Specifically, we are partnering with STAR on their 'Equal Access' campaign, which aims to secure equal access to higher education for refugees and...

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Being a Place of Welcome

10 Sep 2015

‘The tiny victim of a human catastrophe’ said the front page of the Daily Mail last week, with a picture of the drowned Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi being carried out of the sea by a Turkish policeman. This headline came from the same paper that had for weeks been railing against incoming ‘migrants...

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