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Familiarity lost: coping with new people

It was six months since the new vicar had arrived and an elderly gentleman from the congregation had asked for ‘a word’. He told the new vicar in quite honest terms that, having wished for many years that new people would join the church, he couldn’t cope with the new influx of strange and unfamiliar people. When he died a few years later, he still left the church £20,000. (more…)

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Tuesday, 24th June 2014 at 7:00 UTC Leave a comment

Tea Flasks and Fascists

My beloved city of York recently made a name for itself as the place that offered the Fascists tea and biscuits in the face of a proposed protest at a local mosque. It was a brilliant afternoon, but looking around at all the media coverage, one senses that the story has been warped to back intolerance to alternative tactics in tackling fascism on our streets and in our communities.

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Wednesday, 5th June 2013 at 17:04 UTC 1 comment

Eric Pickles and Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law

You’re hopefully aware by now that the government is slashing back the money provided to local councils to cover council tax benefit., The Tories are returning to the familiar ground of forcing everyone to pay regardless of ability as a way to drive up the fear of poverty. But for councils, this could be a massive problem: if everyone must pay something, what happens when many genuinely can’t? (more…)

Monday, 5th November 2012 at 11:01 UTC 2 comments

Sermon: Jesus in the Temple

After a few requests, the sermon I preached at St Lawrence’s two morning services on Sunday is now here for you to enjoy. Its about 50% longer than a regular blog post, but I don’t really want to start hacking great pieces out of it. Also, sorry for the second paragraph joke. I realise putting that on the web, where it can be read by people who aren’t actually in Yorkshire may cause issues.  It was a joke. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, 13th March 2012 at 19:07 UTC 4 comments

Parenthood in a time of scarcity

Being in my mid-twenties, its unsurprising that some of my peers are having kids. But quite a large number aren’t, and a sizeable chunk of my female friends are very fervently “not having kids”. Its a huge change in one’s life, and so perhaps its not surprising how quickly it becomes a divisive issue.

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Friday, 20th January 2012 at 14:25 UTC 3 comments

A Housing Culture Crisis?

Today’s revelations about the state of Britain’s housing make for grim reading, but tucked away behind a lot of the reporting is a fundamentally flawed attitude towards housing ownership as one of life’s ultimate aims. It may not be a stretch of the imagination to name it as a contributing factor to our current crisis.

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Tuesday, 30th August 2011 at 12:45 UTC 1 comment

Big Society: a strategy of distraction?

I’ve been doing plenty of thinking about the Big Society idea lately, and how it uses language of mutual aid to both excuse cuts but also to redirect people’s volunteering efforts. There is plenty being written about the former, but lets think for a minute about the latter.

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Wednesday, 17th August 2011 at 8:00 UTC Leave a comment

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