When people ask me what I do, do I say I work for Alzheimers Society, which is hugely fascinating, but also quite a “boring desk job” affair, or that I’m an activist and political organiser with York Stop the Cuts amongst other groups? Or do I say that I’m a radical christian, and that this is the root of everything I do. Sadly its often the first, and then only to make a status judgement – if that’s why you’re asking I refuse to play to your standards.
I’m a graduate of Peace Studies and have an academic interest in participation and activism, as well as a lot of personal involvement. But my faith permeates it all, or would if I put a little more effort into being a disciple as well as being a builder of the kingdom.
Much of my writing reflects this: As a Christian, I’m tired of seeing the church sit by quietly praying about the world’s problems without seeking to be an effective force for change, let alone a force to stop the injustice. The same goes for wider society. Even within protest movements I see problems, so I write about them.
This blog is not meant to be a reflective diary, though occasionally it gets used as that. I hope it keeps a fairly raw edge, and ask you to forgive me if I type faster than I can think or my point comes across completely wrong – its survived some pretty calamitous errors of grammar and judgement so far.
My comments policy is pretty simple: comments by new unregistered readers get moderated (WordPress recognises you pretty soon, worry not!), anything which either attacks myself or counts as a hate crime gets deleted, and I accept pretty much anything else. Don’t automatically expect a personal response, but I’ll do my best.