Category Archives: Ruth Smith

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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“Forget the fringe, the answer is in the mainstream: why we need to look past the nonsense and focus on the core issues”

Ruth Young (formerly Smith), Livability’s Community Engagement Advisor in the North East, reflects on true discipleship. This headline in my local newspaper caught my eye and spectacularly achieved what it was written to do – it compelled me to read … 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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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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New Thinking and New Ways

“Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow…”  Part 2 of Ruth Smith’s series Many modern day Christians will not know that this phrase, which I also used in my last blog, was taken from the old hymn Great is … 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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Baraka – blessing in action (& coffee)

Some years ago I spent a number of weekends away with friends. Each Friday when   we met we started our evening meal with something called Baraka. I had no idea what that meant, other than what I would mean by … Continue reading

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The Lord is still in the city

Urban workers find affirmation & inspiration in a one-day retreat at the heart of Bradford… Continue reading

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