nothing is wasted in nature or in love.
Some quick scribblings from a recent experience. Dedicated to Rachel Held Evans who showed me the beauty of broken unbelief. Let me hear it for a church built not on belief but on brokenness. belief is unsteady. (sometimes I can claim it and proclaim it sometimes I unfurl clasped hands and find nothing.) At all … Continue reading Broken Unbelief
Warning: currently only in draft form, suggested revisions welcome. Not long ago, I read an article which suggested target-setting for net zero on the basis of pragmatism is inappropriate because, just like ending the slave trade, climate change is about righting injustice, not about altering focus. In the case of slavery and apartheid - whether … Continue reading Global Apartheid and the era of climate breakdown
The financial crash of 2008 hit as I began secondary school, and I grew up under the policies of austerity which followed. To a large extent, there has been consensus across the political spectrum about what happened: in the years before the financial crash irresponsible public spending, and the subsequent deficit, left us vulnerable when … Continue reading Should Christians support ‘free market’ capitalism?
Roll back the stone.
At the centre of Christian faith is the memory of suffering. This is Holy Week, when Christians recall the last days of Jesus's life, "in whose body was named all the violence of the world, and in whose memory is contained our profoundest grief" (Janet Morley). Jesus is anointed and crowned 'King of the Jews', … Continue reading Holy Week – Suffering God
I remember doing my GCSEs and writing pat answers about the greenhouse effect. Little did I know that in my first year out of education I would see leading international climate lawyer Farhana Yamin, one of the authors of the October IPCC report, speaking twice in one week. She was speaking both at a Parliamentary … Continue reading How bad is Climate Change?
I have been thinking about Home ever since I got asked in the Praxis One course to complete the sentence 'I want the story of my life to be the story of someone who....' The answer that sits best for at the moment is, 'I want the story of my life to be the story … Continue reading Thinking about Home
I stand outside the barred church doors/ hammering with my fists/ while around me/ the world dies.
On Saturday I was part of another Extinction Rebellion action called 'Blood of Our Children'. Outside Downing Street, we dressed in black, and protesters willing to get arrested symbolically poured fake blood to draw attention to the loss of life which will result from rising global temperatures. https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ I had the privilege of speaking on … Continue reading Blood of Our Children
Cone writes about the crucifixion as a first-century lynching, and about how black people facing the state-endorsed terrorism of lynching identified with Jesus; they, "found in the cross the spiritual power to resist the violence they so often suffered" (p22).
I have been thinking a lot about the words of Behrouz Boochani in 'No Friends But The Mountains'