Category Archives: Pause for thought…

Six conversations your church needs to have about disability

There are 11 million disabled people in the UK – that’s 17% of the population. To put that in context, ethnic minority groups make up 14%. Think of the impact that ethnic minorities have made on our national identity – … Continue reading

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A church response to the Scottish Referendum

Here Rev Chris Knights speaks about his experience of how the Church can support the community whilst staying neutral during the lead up to the Independence Referendum in Scotland. These are his thoughts on what the church role should be … Continue reading

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Grateful Heart

Some thoughts from Community Engagements Ruth Young (formerly Smith), the northern Community Engagement Adviser.  Over the last 3 months I have been downsizing, from my lovely 3 bedroom family house with large-but-manageable garden that I have lovingly tended, into my new … 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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Super-heroes or Saints? Creative tension part 4

Continuing his guest series on creative tension in community mission, Andy Wier questions the value of promoting a hero culture. “I think I might have come with a bit of a messiah complex.” I was talking with a young man … Continue reading

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Holistic Mission (Creative Tension part 3)

Continuing his guest series on creative tension, Andy Wier encourages us to look beyond the slogans and strap-lines of ‘holistic mission’. Over the years, I’ve encountered lots of talk about churches being holistic in community mission. “Do More, Do 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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Global Local Community

I don’t know how many have seen the news over the last week, talking about trolling on social media particularly targeted at women who speak out on feminist issues. Yesterday, Caitlin Moran, a journalist who is one of those who … Continue reading

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The Happiness Course

The Happiness Course has been getting some great attention recently. We were written about in the Telegraph and a great response came from Jim McManus. A few weeks ago the FT published two articles on Happiness as well (The Pursuit of … Continue reading

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Building Healthy Communities

Last week we released our latest eNews, within it were a couple of articles – including the last blog post by Adam Bonner on lessons the church can learn from our libraries. We are going to be uploading a couple … Continue reading

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