Welcome to my blog, Grace+Truth. My name is Jon Kuhrt and I live with my wife and three children in Streatham, South London.
Over the last 25 years all my work has been with people affected by homelessness or poverty. As a Christian, this has caused me to reflect on the theory and theology surrounding social justice (how society can be fairer) and personal transformation (how individuals change).
The point of this blog
I started this blog in 2011 and originally it was called Resistance & Renewal (R&R). I wanted a space to reflect on my work in a way which others may find helpful.
I want the content of this blog to always be connected to real-life experience. I believe that all theoretical and theological reflection is best done in light of action and practice. There must be an integration between what we say and what we do. Too much church culture is detached and dis-integrated from the real world. I believe that Christian beliefs only truly become faith when they are put into action.
At the start of his gospel story, John describes Jesus Christ as ‘full of grace and truth’:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
As well as being central to Christianity, more than ever, I am convinced that grace and truth are fundamental to positive social and personal change. I want this blog to be a place where the personal, practical and political application of grace and truth are discussed.
What I do
Between 2010 and 2018, I was Chief Executive of the West London Mission leading their work with people affected by homelessness and addiction. I was Director of Community Mission for Livability (formerly The Shaftesbury Society) from 2002 to 2010. Before that I spent five years managing emergency hostels in Soho for the youth homeless charity Centrepoint. I now work as an Rough Sleeping Adviser to the government specialising in how faith and community groups respond to homelessness.
Outside of work I lead a youth group at Streatham Baptist Church and a weekly football club for local children. My family and I are part of the Lee Abbey Youth Camp every summer. My favourite writer is George Orwell. And I don’t like cricket. I love it.
Please note that I write in a personal capacity on Grace+Truth and the articles do not represent the views of any of the organisations listed.