Seeking Justice

It’s Never “Just” War

16 Oct 2018

Look! Christ in khaki, out in France thrusting his bayonet … No! No! That picture is an impossible one, and we all know it.

–  Alfred Salter

I am a reluctant pacifist: I like uniforms, reading about War War One, and look forward to the day when...

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How Christian Witness Changed a Poppy Policy

5 Sep 2018

As an international student in the UK I tried to blend in as much as I could. Part of this meant popping my coin in the tin around the beginning of November and wearing my Red Poppy as everybody else does. The Red Poppy cause is about helping veterans and I know how difficult life can be for...

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The Nashville Statement – A Transgender Christian Responds

20 Sep 2017

The Nashville Statement – a statement signed by many ‘evangelical church leaders’ which denounces LGBT identities – has been responded to by so many people, and has caused so much pain, that it feels difficult to write more. It matters though, and so I will give it a try.

Many of the...

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Building God’s Kingdom in Post-Election Britain – Part Two

19 Jun 2017

Listening to Voices from the Margins

“There is really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” (Arundhati Roy)

As soon as the General Election was announced, Church Action on Poverty knew...

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Impoverished Politics: How Income Inequality Affects Democracy and What We Can Do About It

7 Jun 2017

As Christians seeking to combat injustice and inequality in society, poverty is a major issue we must recognise. We know that poverty can lead to both physical and mental illness, with depression and anxiety being two major effects of struggling to survive on an insufficient income.

As a...

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The Summer I Met Martin Luther King Jr.

16 Jan 2017

In the summer of 1964, the Revd Ian Whyte – then a divinity student at the University of Glasgow and SCM member – was spending his time at the Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, often preaching at the local church in Alabama. Outside the beautiful surroundings of the college,...

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SCM@Greenbelt 2016: Discover some student stars!

1 Aug 2016

Here at SCM we’re really excited about our eclectic mix of worship, workshops and panel discussions at Greenbelt 2016. We’ve prepared a space to just hang out and meet other students, helping you connect with friendly faces to keep in touch with over the coming years. So look out for us in the G...

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The Theology of Story: Part Two

15 Sep 2014

The relationship between storytellers and the stories they tell is one that has evoked much reflection. The American poet Robert Frost said that, ‘in order to be universal, you must be parochial.’ He, popular poet with a worldwide audience, was noting that if one is to speak widely to the state...

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The Theology of Story: Part One

15 Sep 2014

At the Greenbelt festival a number of years ago, the late John O’Donohue posed a magnificent question. ‘After the morning you discover that you’re the son of God,’ John asked, ‘what do you do for the afternoon?’

He delivered the question with his usual charm. He went on to tell stories of...

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