Category Archives: community

On the street where they live – one couple’s vision for their neighbours

Andy Parnham tells the story of the Happiness Course he ran for a group of neighbours in west London, organised by a Christian couple with a vision for their street. I recently ran the Happiness Course in a rather affluent … Continue reading

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Transformation – ‘challenging perspective and being loved and valued’

Anna Ruddick, a Community Engagement Associate at Livability, has been researching how transformation in local communities happens. In this blog piece she reflects on what she has learnt so far. Continue reading

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We are more than the sum total of all our needs

Ruth Young writes the second in a series of blogs exploring the issues raised in the Fullness of Life Together, re-imagining Christian engagement in our communities report. I’m sure you’ll agree when I say that most of us, in living … Continue reading

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Why I’m happy to endorse the Mental Health Access Pack

Jim McManus, a health professional who has a passion about good Christian mental health, enthuses about the new Mental Health Access Pack, produced by Livability in conjunction with Premier’s Mind & Soul. If you are a pastor or minister, church … Continue reading

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Can you be a friend in 1,000?

Dementia is a rising challenge. By 2021, over a million British people will have dementia; people in your neighbourhood, your church, maybe in your family. Dementia is a condition which impairs people’s ability to think, remember and make choices, often … Continue reading

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Presence and Engagement

A guest blog from Rev Chris Knights who is the Church and Community Development Worker for the Musselburgh Parish Grouping, Church of Scotland. A few years ago, when I was in the West End of Newcastle upon Tyne working as a … Continue reading

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So much more than a building – the importance of Christian presence

 Ruth Smith concludes her blog series about a declining church – and the need for new thinking and new ways. I recently had an interesting exchange which reminded me how easily language and how we use it can cause confusion … Continue reading

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Happiness Leaders day

Being happy can half your risk of heart disease. Happy people are more likely to get married, and for those marriages to last. Happy people are more creative and more productive. Happiness is much more than a passing feeling – it … Continue reading

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Is Community Mission all about being Incarnational? Creative Tension Part 2

As we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth this Christmas, guest blogger Andy Wier offers some reflections on incarnational mission. “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood” (John 1:14, The Message) Over the past fifteen years, “incarnational … Continue reading

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Urban Villages – Radical Church part 1

This is a post written by Ruth Smith, one of our Community Mission Advisors, after her work in the Diocese of Durham and experience of urban villages. This is the first in a three part blog series looking at what … Continue reading

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