“The social Dilemma” – starting a conversation

May 2018. We were looking forward to a week in our favourite campsite near Rome. Our family holidays are a time to slow right down and simply enjoy being together. My husband was working in Rhodes the week before our holiday. So to save him travelling too much, we planned to meet at Rome airport.Continue reading ““The social Dilemma” – starting a conversation”

Motivation for the term ahead for the weary gospel worker part 2

This is part 2 of a series of blogs written by Sarah Dawkins, the first one is here. In part one we reflected on 6 months of lockdown. I wonder how that made you feel. Maybe just a little helpless? That’s how I feel at the start of a new academic year. I write fromContinue reading “Motivation for the term ahead for the weary gospel worker part 2”

Embracing Fragility: how we can have peace when we’re not in control

Face to face with fragility This guest blog post is by Mike Hood. This is part 1 of a 2 part blog. I once heard someone describe the experience of surfing and getting sucked under a massive wave. He said you’re curled up in a ball, being tumbled over and over and over, with noContinue reading “Embracing Fragility: how we can have peace when we’re not in control”

The Joys of sleep part 2

This guest blog is part two by Bill Merrington. The first part can be found here.  I recently became a grandfather for the first time and have been reminded of the impact of a new born on the life of parents. I can see already that my son is beginning to form those parental ‘bagsContinue reading “The Joys of sleep part 2”

The Joys of Sleep

This guest blog is part one of three posts by Bill Merrington As a therapist, I always begin with two simple questions. First, how is your sleep? Secondly, do you eat breakfast? In counselling, you can talk around all kinds of emotional and psychological problems, but if a person is running on empty fuel withContinue reading “The Joys of Sleep”

Caring for people experiencing loss and grief

This blog post comes from Francina de Pater  A beautiful book (in Dutch) about this was written by Belgian Prof. Dr. Manu Keirse. He says: “It is not the passing of time that has a healing effect, but the expression of grief over a period of time, and the support one finds in others. OneContinue reading “Caring for people experiencing loss and grief”

Kindness matters

This guest blog is by Peter Dray My friend Krish and his wife Miriam are foster parents. Krish tells of how, one day, the phone rang, requesting a placement. “Do you have space for a three-year-old?” they were asked. “Parents have gone AWOL. We don’t know much about him, but apparently he’s a biter. AreContinue reading “Kindness matters”

Can we enjoy ourselves in a Pandemic?

I’m at home on a warm spring day. I’m sitting in a deck chair on my new fake turf. The paddling pool is set up and the BBQ coals are on. But I’m struggling to enjoy myself. I know I’m not alone in this, many of my friends are asking similar questions. How we canContinue reading “Can we enjoy ourselves in a Pandemic?”

Finding Freedom: Domestic violence

This blog post has been written by a guest contributor who has elected to remain anonymous. Trigger Warning: Alcoholism and domestic abuse To all the men, woman and children in domestic abuse settings during lockdown searching for hope. Dad* was drinking again. As per normal, he went to my sister’s room to verbally berate her.Continue reading “Finding Freedom: Domestic violence”

Contagion phobia or what?

This guest blog is by Steve Sturman a Neurologist specialising in Neurorehabilitation It used to be just unlucky people caught up in accidents, terrorist attacks or distant wars but things have changed. All the givens have been moved and now life is strange and different. How do we react? What does this all mean forContinue reading “Contagion phobia or what?”