About me and this blog

Jon KuhrtWelcome 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 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 for all the content to be connected to real-life experience. 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 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. This blog is a place where the personal, practical and political application of grace and truth are explored.

If you are interested, watch this talk about how grace and truth are relevant to homelessness that I gave when CEO of the West London Mission:

About me

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 an emergency hostel for the youth homeless charity Centrepoint 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 (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 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.

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.

8 thoughts on “About me and this blog”

  1. Hi Jon, I’ve been reading around your blog for a while now and share a lot of your sentiments! Perhaps you might like to read this blog post I wrote a while ago – I’m sure you’re up with Tom Wright’s theology on social justice – http://quirkycase.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/the-dangers-of-a-spiritualized-gospel/ I’d be interested to know what you think, especially about how social justice and the ‘spiritual’ gospel cannot be divorced from each other. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for sending this link to me and I enjoyed reading it.

    I was struck by your comment ‘Rather, the two go hand in hand, at best not separated at all, at least in theory. How this works out practically is, of course, another matter.’ I think how we actually do this bringing together is the key task facing the church – how it integrates the explicit message of God’s love – the verbal exchange of the good news – with the more implicit outward working of that love through social action and social justice. We need to do this in practice – I have found that a concern for social justice is the best way to share faith– if you are prepared to be brave and speak up when opportunities present themselves (which I have found they do) and not go all soggy theologically and pretend everyone believes the same thing. So all the best in finding practical ways to hold these things together – it makes reading Tom Wright even more enjoyable and nourishing! Thanks and God bless, Jon

  3. Hello, Jon! Mike Morrell asked me to contact you because he really appreciates your blog and thinks you’d be an excellent candidate for his Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

  4. Hi Jon! Found your blog while assisting my boss with research for her dissertation. She heads a ministry for the poor in the Philippines and one of the target sectors is street dwellers. I write this blog: http://cctkaibigan.blogspot.com/ . Will read your blog often for added inspiration.

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