Monthly Archives: January 2014

North East Glasgow is Preparing!

DJ for a DayThis year, Glasgow is buzzing more than normal.

Living and working within a few miles of the Commonwealth Games Venues, it has been exciting to see the physical transformation of some of the most deprived communities in western Europe. However, as is often the case, the communities outside the shiny thoroughfares, that will transport the athletes and world press to the venues, are places that are still suffering the effects of decades of neglect.

Male life expectancy in the Blackhill area of Glasgow, where St... read more

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Nitekirk: The Hospitality of Space

Katie Munnik“There is a day when the road neither comes nor goes, and the way is not a way but a place.” – Wendell Berry.

Sometimes, all that’s needed is space.

In the midst of our full and rushing lives, it can be difficult to cultivate a sense of space. We don’t give ourselves time to sit, to be still, and simply be. We fill our time and end up feeling cramped.

One evening a month in central Edinburgh, Nitekirk seeks to offer that space and stillness... read more

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Happy New Year??

Church of Scotland Photo Library stockPicture © John Young / YoungMedia 2010I don’t think I’m the first person to be really concerned about how benefit changes are affecting some of the poorest people in our country.

But something I’m noticing, is the increased number of folk who come along to The Steeple Parish Nursing Drop-in Clinic, who have recently had their benefits ‘sanctioned’. While most of them then get involved in appeal procedures, weeks go by when they have no money for heating, lighting and, in some cases, rent. At this time of year, when it is dark between about 4pm and 8am, it can’t be much fun to sit at home in the dark, with not even enough electricity to make a cup of tea... read more

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Engage!

The WellPower failures, 90mph winds, trees on the track; nothing could stop the majority of our redoubtable Go For It Conference delegates making their way to our venue on 5th December. St George’s Tron Church of Scotland, in the very heart of Glasgow, proved to be an inspiring place to hold the event. For those who haven’t been inside this church, it is a beautiful, light and airy building, providing a very personal space for dialogue and discussion that perhaps belies its grand and imposing façade... read more

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