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?)
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:
Forgive me for a moment, and this is a plea and not a rant or a moan, honestly. But as a I walked around the coast this evening, in Hartlepool, I wanted to say something, to the people of this town, though it applies everywhere. As a write this, there are still less than 40 confirmed deaths of this virus in this town, of over … Continue reading Lets give hugs a chance
And lo, as the great throng of youthworketh did gather on the plain, the sound of hail and thunder roared and a dense cloud overcame them as they camped, they were all covered. Then there was the smoke and the whole mountain shook, and the youthworketh did appoint two leaders, managers , facilitators , sorry i mean spent 2 more days developing junior leader to go upeth … Continue reading 10 Commandments for Youth workers
For those of you who are interested here is a summary of the sermon that I preached this morning at St Aidans Church, Chilton, County Durham, as part of poverty Sunday: (and yes it was a bit longer than 7 minutes) Good morning all, today we are going to look at poverty, and thank you for inviting me to share with you, I hope to … Continue reading ‘But when did we see you?’ A sermon for poverty Sunday
The red kites soar overhead in the early hot summer sky. The sound of geese hooting from the lake, the chime of an ice cream van from a distant estate, the creaking sound of the wooden poles of the yurt holding strong in the breeze. I am just back from the FYT movement gathering held at the same venue as last year’s, the rock UK … Continue reading Prosecco, Pizza and Pebbles – The FYT movement gathering 2019
Instead of writing a whole load of stuff on observation. I decided to make a film about it instead. See what you think. Yes I need help with the technical bits.. but enjoy none the less… Here it is detached youthwork stage 1 – observation The stages stuff you’ve seen before. And I go into more in detail in Here be Dragons. Anyway. Enjoy. Cringe … Continue reading Detached youthwork stage 1; Observation
The last 4 books I have read on youth ministry have started sounding like a bit of a or reading them, has been like its as if there is nothing new under the sun, or maybe with a twist that: Now, it could be that I read the same kind of youth ministry books, and to a large extent that might be true. However, I … Continue reading Are youth ministry books all saying the same thing?