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)
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)
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)
Can I tell you a secret? You are fucking brilliant. and, so am I. You are. Just you. Amazing you. You care. You hope You respond You do magical things You create You are you. You are fucking brilliant. Just want to tell you. Just want you to hear Just want you to know Just want it to sink in Tell the doubters to _____ … Continue reading You are f****** brilliant
Rainbows painted, Care for neighbours, food bank distributing, too many volunteers, council support hubs, NHS clapping, other people giving 2m distance, business giving away freebies, homemade PPE.. and the fury of good people when leaders acted hypocritically..(the Cummings story that cut through..) Tell you something. Its going to be difficult for churches to ignore the goodness and kindness of the fellow humans in the community … Continue reading How might churches continue the human goodness project- beyond the virus?
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
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
It takes time during a crisis to think of yourself. Takes time when you’re exhausted being the wounded to think of yourself. Takes time when you’re used to being on the receiving end, to carve out the you in the space. Takes time to give yourself permission. If Coronovirus is about grief. loss. hurt. and the ending of something. Then might there be opportunity to … Continue reading Giving ourselves permission
I woke up with the question that though good Friday and Holy Saturday felt weird this year, both of the resonate much more closely with the pervading feelings of many at this time. or put it another way, Im saying ‘Christ is Risen’ through gritted teeth, when 5000 of our friends and relatives have died in the last 2 months. And that’s just in the … Continue reading Celebrating Easter with gritted teeth.