If people are good – why doesn’t the church believe it? (A theology of Humankind: part 3)

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)

Is it time to take the rainbows down?

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?

A Theology of Human Kind-ness (Part 2)

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)

A Theology of Human Kind-ness (part 1)

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)

How might churches continue the human goodness project- beyond the virus?

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?

What if we treated young people (in the church) as Human?

What is it about young people that seems to be that they’re treated as something other that human? And, before someone in the church responds to say that they have a healthy and positive respect for young people, it’s the church that whilst it generates and maintains a good number of youth work and ministry provision, might also be in danger of regarding young people … Continue reading What if we treated young people (in the church) as Human?

I still might not have found what im looking for, but finding might be in the searching

Bear with me (non U2 fans) , but now im post 40, i can quote U2 lyrics… I believe in the Kingdom Come Then all the colours will bleed into one Bleed into one. But yes, I’m still running. You broke the bonds And you loosed the chains Carried the cross of my shame Oh my shame, you know I believe it. But I still … Continue reading I still might not have found what im looking for, but finding might be in the searching

Interjecting in Conversation

Quite a bit has been written about the importance of and nature of conversation as education within Youth work – see for example Jeffs & Smith (2005 & 2010) , or http://www.infed.org as examples. It is something that i often maybe incorrectly ask trainee detached youth workers or volunteers to deconstruct too far, when they start training in detached work.  Yet within detached youth work, … Continue reading Interjecting in Conversation