Homelessness

Can you help a homeless person exchange the cold streets for a warm bed this Christmas?

Dear R&R friends, Thanks for reading R&R this year.  I continue to be encouraged by the growth of interest and from the comments and messages I receive via this blog.  So far this year over 140,000 different people have visited the site. As you may know, much of what is written comes from reflection on my work.… Continue reading Can you help a homeless person exchange the cold streets for a warm bed this Christmas?

Social action

Faith Full Service? Integrating Christian faith alongside high quality social care, 4th November, central London

Date:   Wednesday 4th November 2015, 9.30am – 4.00pm Venue: Hinde Street Methodist Church, London, W1U 2QJ Cost:    £15.00, including lunch For more details and to book a place please go to Eventbrite In an increasingly secular environment, tensions frequently emerge between a Christian ethos and the delivery of professional social care. This has… Continue reading Faith Full Service? Integrating Christian faith alongside high quality social care, 4th November, central London

Homelessness

“The homeless? Aren’t they the people you step over when you come out of the opera?” – politics and rough sleeping

I left school in 1990 and got a job as a cleaner in central London. This involved being on the Strand, by Charing Cross Station, at 7.00am.  The extent of the rough sleeping at that time was truly incredible. There were 3-4 people sleeping under almost every doorway. Walking down a road like Villiers Street,… Continue reading “The homeless? Aren’t they the people you step over when you come out of the opera?” – politics and rough sleeping

Social commentary, Theology & Church

Why are churches ‘the best social melting pots in modern Britain’?

Today, the Daily Telegraph reports on the findings of research by the Social Integration Commission about the places where people from different backgrounds meet and mix with each other. The article, with the headline 'Churches are the best social melting pots in modern Britain', states: ‘Overall, it found that churches and other places of worship are more successful than any other social setting… Continue reading Why are churches ‘the best social melting pots in modern Britain’?

Homelessness, Social commentary

Inequality is bad for EVERYBODY: its time to close the gap

Every day I am struck by the incredible inequality on display in the West End of London.  I get off the bus outside Selfridge’s and see the £5,000+ designer handbags in the windows.  I walk through Marylebone past the exclusive clubs and restaurants such as the Chiltern Firehouse with security guards and paparazzi outside.  Every few minutes, Ferraris,… Continue reading Inequality is bad for EVERYBODY: its time to close the gap

Social action

‘Good news to those who need it most’: evangelical social action

The term ‘evangelical’ is a tricky one to use.  Similarly to the word ‘liberal’, people can mean very different things when they use it. The actual word ‘evangelical’ has its etymological roots in the Greek word for "gospel" or "good news" so it can rightly be used as a description of anything which embodies and carries the… Continue reading ‘Good news to those who need it most’: evangelical social action

Homelessness

My night sleeping rough – by Olive Kuhrt (aged 72)

For most of my life I have experienced a soft comfortable bed to sleep in and a warm centrally heated bedroom. I have never considered it a luxury.  However, a few weeks ago I decided to join my son and grandson as they were planning to sleep-out on the steps of Marylebone Parish Church.  They… Continue reading My night sleeping rough – by Olive Kuhrt (aged 72)