Homeless and Rootless at Christmas

April 15th, 2010

NOMAD is an organisation that has been working in Sheffield since 1989, to my knowledge.  NOMAD began in 1989 when Jacky who had experienced homelessness with children, and Barrie who had experienced homelessness as a single man, made a commitment to form an agency to assist homeless people in Sheffield. Jacky and Barrie commenced their […]

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Perspectives… thoughts for Lent

March 4th, 2010

Have you ever found yourself asking what do a modern city and the Bible really have in common? How does faith fit in with how we live our lives in a city which is changing as fast as York? In previous years CoRE, the York City Centre Churches Care and Development Trust played host to […]

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Vigil, Stratford Street Mosque 5th February 2006

May 22nd, 2009

The vigil is the initiative of Religious Leaders in Beeston, Leeds.  It has been organised by the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum.  The YHFF was established last year to: • Advance the contribution of faith communities in the Yorkshire and Humber Region • Encourage and educate faith communities to work together in matters of policy, strategy and […]

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Praying with Archbishop John Sentamu for “Lasting Peace in the Middle East”

May 22nd, 2009

Drumming and dancing had led the enthronement of John Sentamu as Archbishop of York.  Having witnessed this last year, I returned this month to express solidarity with his quiet vigil of seven days of prayer and fasting for “lasting peace in the Middle East”.  Tourists were queuing to enter York Minister as I arrived.  “I’ve […]

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Ye have seen his Natal Star

May 22nd, 2009

An exceptional storm On Christmas Day 1497 Vasco Da Gama first reached the South Eastern shores of South Africa.  He named the area Natal.  It is now called Kwazulu Natal.  Recently, I visited the area on behalf of Christian Aid to explore issues around HIV/AIDS in conversations with theologians, including those living with HIV/AIDS.                  On […]

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If one member suffers, all suffer together

May 22nd, 2009

Millions of people across Europe observed the three minute silence on Wednesday 5th January 2005 at Noon.  I chose to join the silence in Castle Market, Sheffield.  At 1200noon precisely a bell rang.  Everyone stopped doing what they were doing.  Shoppers stopped in their tracks.  Stall holders stopped serving.  The usual hubbub of the Market […]

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Tavistock Gardens Meditation 17th March 2005

May 22nd, 2009

IT WAS A LOVELY SPRING MORNING. I SAT BESIDE THE GANDHI STATUE JUST BEFORE A MEETING ON ANTI-SLAVERY AND WROTE THIS MEDITATION. Flowers budding and breaking Into bloom, None accept bondage of winter and soil, But take life from these. Wind blows Where it wills. Young people on the grass – look up to the skies; […]

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Slavery and the image of God

May 22nd, 2009

“Am I not a man and a brother?” This question goes to the heart of the Creation Story where it is asserted that human beings are made “in the image of God” [Genesis 1:26-27], and pronounced “very good”.  This means that each human being is of value and worth, and sacred – to be treated […]

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One race, the Human race

May 22nd, 2009

All human beings are made in the image of God.  Ethnic diversity is part of God’s wisdom, will and purpose.  One pattern – the image of God, but an amazing diversity. Science confirms what theology has always insisted.  With all our distinctive, unique features, we are incredibly alike. This means that the old theory of […]

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Morley-Thirukkovil, 24-30 January 2005

May 22nd, 2009

I accompanied Methodist Minister, the Rev Thurairajah Samuel of Morley, near Leeds, when he visited his home village Thirukkovil in East Sri Lanka.  He lost several members of his family and his family house in the Tsunami Disaster on 26th December 2005. This is my Report to the Morley Town Council upon my return. “We […]

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