This week I heard a brilliant description of how it can feel being a person who strives for perfection: I watched an ice sculptor create this beautiful piece of art, bringing forth form from within the frozen block of water. When they had finished I thought it was perfect, but within two minutes it had […]Read more "Be kind to yourself"
“I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more.” You’ll probably have this going round your head all day now (you’re welcome), much like me last week during my placement with the Chaplaincy team at St James’s Leeds’ University Hospital. Whilst I didn’t rack up 500 miles I did manage 23.41 miles, which […]Read more "500 MILES"
The thought of giving with expectation of return is something that is either seen as the epitome of the ‘worldly materialistic selfish secular’, or the driving force behind the ‘unhealthy dangerous prosperity gospel’. In most of our good Christian circles altruism is the flavour of the day, led of course by the unconditional grace of […]Read more "Giving to receive"
Being a non-conformist at school was not cool. Doing anything other than the mainstream would have you maliciously assigned a detrimental label; some seemingly wore those labels with pride, like the Goths for example (am I showing my age now?) but others sought to distance themselves from such labels, especially when aspersions of sexuality were […]Read more "ALL FOR THE SAKE OF CONFORMITY"
Through August I experienced a freedom of movement that many would give their worldly possessions for, and for which many have and still failed to achieve. I travelled to the US for work at the beginning of the month and then after a week back in the UK I set off on a 9 country, […]Read more "UNION"
by Simon Cole-Savidge Mulling over what to write for the ‘Soho Gathering’ blog this week, I considered a ‘Brexit vs. Bremain’ response, where I would discuss the nuances of my ‘Soft Eurosceptic – Remain’ stance. I wondered whether elaborating on altruism towards Syrian refugees and other ex-pats heading into the UK, could actually be re-framed […]Read more "The ‘Other’"
This was the first tweet I sent as the Soho Gathering from the Baptist Assembly, ‘We all stand together to worship’. My last blog was an expression of frustration at some within our Union who are abusing that perceived power they have to force and coerce others to conform to their narrow view. Then I […]Read more "We all stand together"