Monthly Archives: October 2014
Just where do you start on a day when you have shaken hands with the Pope, listened to the President of Bolivia, attended Mass in St Peter’s Basilica and listened to the prophetic cries for justice from slum dwellers and waste-pickers from the global south?
There is only one place to begin – with the meeting with Pope Francis. This is one extra-ordinary man. He talked plainly about the fundamental injustices of capitalism, a system where love of money has replaced love of human beings at the heart of the economy... read more
Today I had breakfast with a Belgian, lunch with a Kenyan and two South Africans and dinner with a Frenchman. In the meantime, I have enjoyed time with a couple of Canadians, as well as new friends from Guatemala, Bulgaria, Argentina, Brazil and India.
The World Meeting of Popular Movements, gathering in Rome over three days (27th – 29th October) is truly global and completely extraordinary.
There are representatives from five continents. At one point we were listening to a man from Turkey explaining the complexities of the conflict in Syria... read more
I am writing this sitting (well actually standing) in Schipol Airport (Amsterdam) whilst waiting for my connecting flight to Rome. I’m on my way to the World Summit of Popular Movements which has been called by the Vatican.
I can still hardly believe that I have been invited. It is a testimony to the astonishing work that goes on in priority areas alongside the work of Faith in Community Scotland and the Poverty Truth Commission. But still I will be in even more exalted company than usual this week – for example with the leaders of the Landless Workers’ Movement in Brazil (MST)... read more
Messy Mondays started in October of 2012. We initially started it off as a way of keeping regular worship in our Linthouse Building but in a different way as we had tried and failed at a few other options. We had tried an early breakfast worship, an evening dinner worship which always resulted in the same church folk turning up along with only one other family. The main priority was to help families engage with one another. We all know if we put a banner up advertising a kids club we would have 100 kids turning up – but that’s not what we wanted we wanted families – to begin to explore something we hadn’t had in Linthouse for years so…Messy Mondays was born... read more