Monthly Archives: April 2015

Restoring buildings or restoring people?

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“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. (Matthew, chapter 6, verses 20 and 21).

“No change”.

I heard these two simple words over and over again recently, when I was planning the Easter weekend. I rang various museums and art galleries to enquire if there were any changes to normal opening times. “No change”, was their reply... read more

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Changing perceptions of homeless people

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I interview homeless and formerly homeless men and women, hoping to give their stories some life, to put a face behind the work we do to shelter and support men and women who have nowhere to call home. The charity I work with partners with churches in London and relies on hundreds of volunteers who cook, serve food, and provide a warm welcome to our homeless guests. Statistics are of course the foundation of measuring effectiveness, but behind each statistic are an infinite variety of personal tragedy and hope... read more

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Fame, at what cost?

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The world is obsessed with fame, celebrity and how to become famous. Or so it seems.

On 24 March, PEEK’s Youth Theatre group performed Cause Célèbre, a play exploring the world of fame and celebrity. During the development of the show they discussed what fame meant to them, which celebrities they love, which celebrities they don’t, and whether they, themselves, would like to become famous…

The young people were quick to highlight the negative aspects of fame. Every part of a celebrity’s life is in the spotlight, whether it should be deemed private or not... read more

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Creating work which is genuinely innovative and shares good practice with others

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I am not a very creative man. I struggle when it comes to reimagining systems and structures that are already in place. At times, I find it difficult to “think outside the box” or to share in “blue-sky thinking”. When I was in school, I remember that to encourage our creativity and extend our vocabulary, a regular task was to take a sentence or paragraph and rewrite it, in your own words. I always failed miserably at this. I always thought to myself, the words in front of me are fine, in fact, they are better than fine – these words are good... read more

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Developing new ecclesial/Christian communities

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‘Ecclesial’ is a churchy word.

If the word ‘ecclesial’ is part of your everyday vocabulary, it is almost certain you have a theology degree or are part of the religious establishment. The sad truth is that the more common word ‘Church’ is also not part of about 90% of the Scottish population’s common vocabulary. It may appear that the church is in terminal decline, but we know ‘the Body of Christ’ must continue to thrive: the question is – in what form?.. read more

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Tackling Poverty and/or Social Injustice

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Scotland is one of the most unequal nations in the developed world.

Where you are born, where you live, and who your parents are, has a massive impact on your life from day one. In actual fact, it has a massive impact from the moment of conception. If you live in some parts of Scotland, you are expected to die a generation sooner than if you live elsewhere.

I have a friend, a retired senior police officer, who says that he could almost track the likelihood of someone becoming involved in crime from when they were months old... read more

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Nurturing Christian Faith Within and Beyond the Church

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There are currently 94 Go For It funded projects that claim to fulfil the criteria of nurturing faith in or beyond the Church. These projects are spread up and down the land, so what does this mean for the Church?

Surely, belief in the Lord Jesus Christ and knowing Him as Lord and Saviour is the bedrock of faith. In the current climate, when numbers attending church are at an all-time low, we face an increasing challenge as to how we can nurture faith, particularly in those beyond the Church... read more

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Meeting Identified Needs in the Community

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A couple of weeks ago, I took part in a symposium organised by the Scottish Prison Service – it was held under the SPS visionary banner of Creating Space for Change. Behind Creating Space for Change lies some of the deepest held values and beliefs of the Christian faith.

As Christian people, we have a fundamental belief in personal redemption; the narrative of the Gospel is one which is rooted in the belief that the person who has lost their way, lost their purpose or lost their moral compass, can find a way back... read more

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