Last summer, myself and some other Anglican ordinands were taken on a field trip to visit a really community-engaged church which, among many other things, was working with a local Money Advice Centre.
As we sat around, the manager of the centre told us the stories of people who were struggling to survive through changes to the current benefit system.
She told the story of a man living in a four-bedroom house who had fallen prey of the bedroom tax because one of ...
The Experiments, our first homegrown youth work resource enabling young people to explore hands-on spirituality, is now available!
Created in partnership with StreetSpace and Frontier Youth Trust, The Experiments is a pair of youth work resources to explore hands-on spirituality with young people over a series of 10 sessions. Each session looks at one of the beatitudes, stripped of religious language and presented as five practical experiments that tap into the value and spirituality beneath it.
The Experiments Leaders Guide is available as a free pdf ...
I found these questions for reflection really helpful, so I thought I'd post them up for you to perhaps be able to reflect on as well. Andrews suggests taking some time to sit in silence, and write down your answers:
1. What is the community that I feel called to live in more faithfully?
2. How can I connect with the people in my community more effectively?
3. How can I empty myself to make more time and space for others?
4. How can I ...
How important is listening to sharing faith?
Although J.V. Taylor is mainly describing inter-faith dialogue in this quote, his sentiments could easily apply to any situation in which we find ourselves with an opportunity to share our faith with others. So much of our time, when we think and talk about evangelism, is taken up by discussing what we should share. Followers of Jesus can spend hours and hours talking about how to present our faith relevant and attractive to others.
Taylor wants to suggest ...
How does social change happen?
Over the last couple of weeks, Russell Brand's edition of New Statesman, and his interview with Jeremy Paxman, have been garnering a lot of interest and attention. In the interview, Paxman seemed to be mainly concerned with Brand's refusal to vote, and whether this is really an effective way to bring about change.
For a long time there have been discussions among pioneers about whether change comes from inside or outside of structures. This could apply to both ...
Source: Selling Water by the River by Shane Hipps
Last week Theos (a ThinkTank on religion and society) released a really interesting report, called The Spirit of Things Unseen, looking at how spiritual we are as a society in light of the decline of formal religion over the last half-century.
And what they found was really interesting:
...for all that formalised religious belief and institutionalised religious belonging has declined over recent decades, the British have not become a nation of atheists or materialists. On the contrary, a spiritual current runs as, if not more, ...