Welcome to Grace+Truth.
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, practice 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 and my real-life experience. I believe that too much church culture is detached and dis-integrated from the real world. All theoretical and theological reflection is best done in light of action and practice. I believe that Christian beliefs only truly become faith when they are put into action.
Grace and truth
At the start of his gospel, John describes Jesus 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 to explore as much as possible the personal, practical and political application of grace and truth.
If you are interested, watch this talk about how these themes are relevant to homelessness that I gave when CEO of the West London Mission:
I currently work as an Rough Sleeping Adviser to the government specialising in how faith and community groups respond to homelessness.
From 2010-2018, 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. I was Manager of various emergency hostels for the youth homeless charity Centrepoint in Soho, London, from 1997-2002. Before that, I managed a Crisis Winter Shelter in Tunbridge Wells, Kent (1996-97) and worked in a large hostel for homeless people in Hackney, London (1995-96).
I graduated in Social Policy & Social Work from Hull University in 1994 and worked for a year as Vice President of the Student Union overseeing the student’s community action (HUSSO). During this time I was a volunteer at the Hull Homeless and Rootless Project.
I have lived in Streatham, South London with my wife for the last 18 years and we have 3 children. Outside of work, I lead a youth group at Streatham Baptist Church and my family and I are part of the Lee Abbey Youth Camp every summer. My favourite writer is George Orwell.
And I should add, I don’t like cricket. I love it. I still play for Addiscombe CC which has been my club since I was 14 years old.
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