'Blessed are the peacemakers' When I think of peace, I think of white doves, olive branches and conscientious objectors. Peace requires solitude, demands silence, tastes bland, and is the preserve of the feeble and naïve. Being passionate about peace feels somewhat like an oxymoron. 'Blessed are the peacemakers' Sometime this year someone said, "peace belongs … Continue reading making peace
...you'll keep getting what you're getting"
Our choices are important, but they are not foreclosing of what is most important.
I remember a friend back in sixth form declaring to a chorus of outrage that she didn't get why Malala was getting so much attention - she had just managed to do the right thing at the right time. I understood the sentiment - I was just that much more ashamed to admit to it. … Continue reading Opinion: seeing the Greta tweets differently
This week I received news which means I am likely to be moving up north to Sheffield from September. This has come in same week as celebrating the formal end of my grad scheme. It seems strange to be on the move once more, but I feel very settled in it. I may no longer … Continue reading Reflections on a year in London
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?