This is the 3rd piece in my series on reflecting on the nature of Humanity, inspired by Rutger Bregmans latest book, Human kind (2020) which has helped to affirm for me what I had often experienced as a youth and c community worker, the reality that, basically when you get to know people, and meet people, they, in the main are usually pretty decent, and shock, horror, … Continue reading If people are good – why doesn’t the church believe it? (A theology of Humankind: part 3)
At some point, it crossed my mind, that we might start to think about taking down the rainbows from our windows, just like we stopped clapping, I know friends who already have, and their words about this have shaped some of what I have tried to convey here. For what the rainbow symbolises feels nothing like the promise, the hope, and the reality of the … Continue reading Is it time to take the rainbows down?
This is the second part in a series on reflecting on Human kind by Rutger Bregman, and taking note of what it might mean theologically to consider the Human condition in a more realistic way. The first part is here. In this second part, I want to look at the final chapters of Bregmans book, as if to complete a theological survey of his key … Continue reading A Theology of Human Kind-ness (Part 2)
After I had been reading Human kind (2020) , and talking about it alot, I invited Teresa Driver from the Annexe and Dyke House Big Local in Hartlepool, to share some of her experiences of what life and work has been like as a community worker in the Dyke House area of Hartlepool, the north east of England. I was keen to find out from her, what … Continue reading Guest Post: Has the Coronavirus revealed kindness? (or is it the norm?)
With the news that churches are likely to stay closed for a while and yet today 3 story shops like Primark are open. After, messy, youth, dementia, forest, slow and any other prefix church, maybe its time for… ‘Shop – church’ Yes, that’s right. Why not comply fully with government tax restrictions, physical distancing and start a new for autumn 2020- were going to call … Continue reading If shops are open, but churches aren’t… what about setting up ‘shop-church’?
I’m barely jumping on a bandwagon here, but maybe quietly over the last 4 weeks, 6 million copies of a non fiction book have been sold across the globe. If it wasn’t for the vast amount of literature written by black authors it would sit high in the NYT best seller list. And when you get to ride trains again it will be up there … Continue reading A Theology of Human Kind-ness (part 1)
Yeah, I know. That’s what I thought too… The question that literally no one is asking. I’ve got to admit, when it comes to the ‘future’ of, things that are buzzing around, future of the church, future of youth ministry, future of communities, future of society and welfare, they all conjure up radical thinking, deep reflection and an energy. Practice led passions, practice led prophetic … Continue reading What might the future of..Community/youth work management?..be like after the covid-19 pandemic?
This is the second of my blogs based upon Rutger Bregmans book Humankind: A hopeful History (2020) a book that is about to be 2nd top selling in the charts this week, in its release. My previous one is here and its on the unsurprising reality of Human kindness during crisis. As a signpost, Ill look at leadership, power and character in the next piece, but, I … Continue reading If Humans are good; That means young people are too
You, I and the vast majority can give ourselves a significant pat on the back. For the last 10 weeks, in the main, we did what humans do. We respond with kindness, dignity and love in a crisis. It wasn’t extraordinary kindness, unprecedented community spirit- it is part of our DNA, our make up. Have a think about the crisis’ that have befallen you and … Continue reading Human goodness through the pandemic, why it shouldn’t have been a surprise:
For the last 5 weeks I have been ‘hosting’ a period of silence on my live on facebook page, on a Wednesday at around 7pm, and on most days during the lockdown ive given silent space to do the morning or evening prayer from there Celtic prayer book. A space to be truly still. A space in which the newsfeed stops. Silence is dangerous dont … Continue reading Stillness in the storm