My name is Jon Kuhrt and I have been writing this blog since 2011. 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
The reason I started the blog was to reflect on my work and other experiences through the lens of the Christian faith.
I believe that all theoretical and theological reflection is best done in light of practice. I think that Christian beliefs only become faith when they are put into action.
Grace and truth
The guiding theme of the blog is grace and truth; two concepts at the heart of the Christian faith. At the start of John’s gospel, Jesus is described as being ‘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, I am convinced that grace and truth are fundamental to personal transformation and social justice. I am interested in exploring the personal, practical and political applications of this theology.
This brief paraphrase, The blog in my own eye, sums up how I want to write.
When I was CEO of West London Mission, I gave this talk is about how grace and truth are relevant to homelessness:
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 managed emergency hostels for the youth homeless charity Centrepoint in Soho from 1997-2002. Before that, I managed a Crisis Winter Shelter in Kent (1996-97) and worked in a large hostel in Hackney (1995-96).
I graduated in Social Policy & Social Work from Hull University in 1994 and during this time I was a volunteer at the Hull Homeless and Rootless Project. After graduating, I worked for the Student Union overseeing HUSSO, the student community action group.
I have lived in Streatham, South London with my wife for almost 20 years and we have 3 children. Outside of work, I am a member 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 favourite theologian is Lesslie Newbigin.
And I should add, I don’t like cricket. I love it. I play for Addiscombe CC.
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