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us for a long weekend of celebration with our guest

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speakers Chine Mbubaegbu & Dave Tomlinson

for apacked programme of workshops and much more!

Tickets just {50 if booked before 4th May!

For the fuIl line up and to book your ticket, visit www.movement.org.uk/summer

Discounts are ar,ailable for groups of 10 or more, contact Lizzv Seldon

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We're really excited about our Summer National Gathering

inJune, and we hope that you can join us!

We har.e sotne itmazing liuest spcirkers lined up, ir-rcluclir.rg Chine XlbubircsbLr

from the Evrrngclical Alliirncc, and Dirve Tornlinson, author of Hr.,"c to he a

Btd Christittn (and a Btttcr Htrnun Being). Chine rvill be explorinr tl'rc

theme of voc:rtion, and Dirve rvill speakin.q irbout being rr Christian irr rr post-

Christendon-r societt'. As alwavs, rve hrlve rr rvhole host of interesting and

interactive rvorkshops on thc programlne, irlongside praver and rv


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Iocal groups have been uP to ouer the last

term. For more grouPs news, check out the

SCM blog at movementorS'uUblog

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MEIHOIIISI SI|GIEIY

This academ\c year, MethSoc at the

University of Birmingham has seen a huge

growth in members which is wonderfril to

see. We have a number of exciting things

on the horizon including fun&aising,

leading a service in a local church and

maybe even a trip to Switzerland. Over

the past few months we have eaten lots of

cake, but we have also enjoyed a Coptic

Christmas, worshipping together and

hosting an open mic night. MethSoc has

given me the oppornrnity to delve deeper

into my faith and enjoy various styles of

worship. With the support of the group,

I have felt a stronger Presence of God in

my life which is a brilliant feeling and

I'm looking forward to what the next few

months have in store for us. Zoe McLemon

SGM IIURHAM

The Durham SCM group was launched

this year, and so far our meetings have

been focussed .on &scussions about

intefaith relations. The overwhelming

theme that's been drawn from this is that

it's impossible not to be irtterested in other

faiths, because as Christians we should be

wanting to know people better, and faith

is such an integral part of people's lives'

John D'Siloa

$GM WIIRCE$IER

Worcester SCN{ is still grou'ing .rnd rve're doing ltits oievellts ttl ritisc lllolle\-

..d ,tu,,rreness firr difi'erellt ciluses. In l)ecember vve helcl ir btke srtle irncl

rrrisecl o.r'er .{.200 in cionirrions fbr Christiln Aid, ilrld rve itlstl scree'red the

iurri-collsumelisnr film \A/hat \Voulcl Jesus llur'? Lrrst selllester rve hclcl ir

cirr.rcllelit Taizd sen,ice in thc crvpt rit \\trrcester Catheclr'.rl tl're n'recl rrrotttlcl

Pirlm Suncltr., itncl rrfler Eirster r'r'e rvill be rirising lllolle\- tbr otrr loc'rl tbocl

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SGM AI HllIY IRIIIITY

ABERYSIUINH

Our year began with a visit from Jacque

andL\zzie,and after sharing a wonderfi;l

meal, Jacque led us in a mental health

workshop based on her enPerience

with Mind. We all left with manY

pre-conceptions shattered and a new

sensitivity towards mental health issues'

Alongside regular Bible study and dropin

prayer meetings at the campus chapel,

we continue to cooperate very closely with

fellow SCM affiliates, the Methodist and

Catholic societies in Aberystwyth. On

a personal note, I feel blessed to have

shared and grown in my faithwith such a

lively Christian community. 20L4-2075 is

movingfar too quicklY! FtzdTill

SGM TEICESIER

SCM Leicester attracts members ofboth

universities to its regular meetings. The

group usually involves discussions on a

variety of topics, which have included

counselling, peace, education and the

environment, as well as occasional fiLm

nights showing Christian themed movies.

We actively engage in work with other

religious groups, recendy taking part in

an interfaith evening and also organising

a faith trail, where some of our members

visited significant places ofworship for six

different religions in Leicester.

Dan ComicA

SCM supports student groups on ctftUuses

and in churches across Britain. You can

fnd afull list of groups at rnottement.org'

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Srudents from universities across the

Midlands, including Birmingham,

Leicester, Walsall College and

Worcester, came together for a day

event in Birmingham on 8 February.

We were delighted to have writer and

teacher Annie Heppenstall with us to

lead a workshop on the Celtic cross,

which explored different ways to reflect

on the cross and apply it to everyday

life.

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Revd Raj Bharath Patta was our guest

speaker at the North West gathering

in Manchester, where we were joined

by students from Manchester, Leeds,

Liverpool and Sheffield. Over the

weekend we also visited a local food

bank, and heard from Stephen, one of

SCM's Faith in Action interns, who

spoke about his project tackling food

waste.

On the Saturday evening we were

joined by SCM Friends for a lovely

meal. Thanks to everyone that came

along!

UIIIUERSAT DAY

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On 15 February SCM took part in the

Universal Day of Prayer for Students

(UDPS). We visited students at Keele

Universiryholding a service that marked

the UDPS and enabled sfudents to pra:y

for situations ofinjustice and solidarity

around the world. SCM Edinburgh

also held a prayil lunch on the day

itself, while members of the Methodist

church in York marked the day with a

fuIl service.

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SI|URGEII GAIIPAIGII SUCI;ES$I

-Ilte sourccd campaign - irn initiative run bv Christian Aid with the support

of partners includins SCIVI - sarv its first victor,\' in N{:rrch. Students frorn

Progressive Christians, an SCN,I group irt the Universitv of Essex, org:u.rised

a petition that led to the Universin"s procurerrtent depirrtment chirngir-re its

polic't, on tiui cornplii.rnce for companies it does business rvith.

Elservlrere, other SCN{ groups have kick-started the Sourced cirmprrign irt their

universities. At the end of last l'elrl snldents frorn SCN{ Shelfield i-rnd rnembers

of the local SPEAK Nerwork joi'ed together ro rvrite leters and pressure the

fJniversitv to change its polio'.

In Februarl,, SCN4 trdinburgh held I discussion on ta-\ justice during their

weeldl' meeting, giving an opportultiq' fbr students to learn more abor.rt the

cirmpaign and ho'rv to get involved. Bristol Christian Connexions also held

a stall raising awareness iurlollg students about the cirmp:rign at the end of

February.

Are you taking part in the campaign?

Let us know by emailing sccm@movement.org.uk!

The theme for this yeart UDPS was

'We Are Many, We Are One'- thank

you to everyone, including churches

and student groups, that took part!

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SCM Britain rvas one of eleven rnovements across Europe rePresented at the

wscFEuropeStaffandOfficersMeetingirrFebruary.Or'erfourdaysof

networking and training, participants explored how to develop communication

skills and grow their *o*'ot'-"'' The meeting included workshops looking at

publicatiorrs,onlinecotnmunic:ttionsandsocialrnedia,andusingdatabasesand

content management systems'

There were 24 differer-rt languages represented at the rneeting, and each Participant

shared different aspects of in.it culrure during an'Intercr'rltural Evening', giving a

sense of the rich diversity of the student moverlent in Europe'

SGM IIATY

The Federazione Giovanile Evangelica

in Italia (Evangelical Youth Federation

in ltaly) is the Italian member of

WSCF. The movement is commonlY

known as FGEI and was born in 1969

from the union of Baptist, Methodist

and Waldesian youth organizations'

In recent times, FGEI has faced

multiple changes within society and

the protestant church in Italy' The

rise of intercultural communities and

new spiritualities has challenged old

ways of thinking about hospitality and

citizenship. Increasingly, young people

come to FGEI from African, Asian and

South American families transplanted

in Italy.

A big meeting has been conceived to

involve people from different cultural

contexts to share spiritual experiences

and to begin to build the Federation and

the church of tomorrow. This activity is

called the 'Youth HaPPening' and, in

its first edition, brought together more

than 300 young people in Bologna last

year.This year the second event will take

SGM AUSINN

In January 2015, students from SCM

Austria, together with our Senior

Friends, celebrated the New Year with a

traditional'New Year's Heuriger''

A 'Heuriger' is what we call an

Eastern-Austrian wine-tavern in which

you can experience Gemiitlichkeit

irough translation: cheerful coziness)'

TiaditionaliY the wine and food is

accompanied by live music, in our case a

'Wienerlieder',which explores the power

of God's will over human life (as well as

the consequences ofdrinking too much

wine!). Our singer was the honourable

Karl Schiefeffna1r, a member of the

Superior Church Council'

At a Heuriger' everyone is equal' We

saw students, universiry professors

and members of the Church Council

chatting comfortablY with each

other, forgetting that they are usually

separated by age, status and power, just

experiencing Gemiitlichkeit together'

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for bighly motiwated acti,uists and aoters! When eoery face we see is the image oJ' GorI and

zue're urged to serve the least of tbese as though s)e,uere serving our saoiour; uhen creation itself is cntrustetl

into our care and creatise stewardsbip; qt)ben the outworlcing of our faith is judged on how ,tDc trcat tbe

widoa4 the orpltan and tbe refugee... it's no wonder that ue rccognise tbe importance of potitics anrl the

pouer of elections.

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SHllTT UP

Christians in Politics (with support from

many other organisations) startccl the ,\hozt

Up campaign to 'cncouragc pr.rsitivc Christian

cngagcment in thc run up to, and bcvond, thc

201,5 gencral clection'.'Ihc idca is that Christians

can do morc than just cr.rrnment on politics -

wc can shapc politics by voting, campaigning,

running frrr officc, .joining political partics,

organising hustings, c()ntacting clcctcd officials,

and praying.

V.,u can watch a ,{reat vidco on thc campaign

wcbsitc that dcscribcs horv wc're frrllowing thc

Iliblical cxamplcs of Joscph, Itlsthcr and I)anicl

whcn rvc lct r.,ur ftrith lcad our actions, n()t.iust

in church, but in rvidcr soc:ict,r, irnrl govcrnmcnt.

'llrcrc arc alsr., rcsourccs onlinc tlrat conncct

thc rlots bctwccn Christianitv irnrl polities,

cxplain thc historv rrf thc main partics, ancl givc

irrstructions on how to plan a hustings. With all

of tlris hclpful infirrmation gathcrcd togcthcr for

)rou to rrsc, tlrc onlt, clucstion lclt is: arc you griing

to Show LJp?

To find out more about the Show Up campaign,

visit www.christiansinpolitics.org.uk/showup

HtlPE FtlB IHE FUIURE

As part of thc ltoVc ./'or thc F'uture cirmpai;4rr,

churchcs and grotrps across thc country havc

bccn lobb.ying their VII)s ancl J)arliamcntary

c:rndidatcs to makc firmcr commitmcnts to

tacklc climatc chan;4c in thc lcad up to thc

gcncral clcction.

Now that thc clcctions arc up()n Lls, thc campaii4n

will bc turning its attcntion to uri4ing thc ncwly

clcctcd MPs to commit to action on climatc

changc durini4 thcir ncxt fivc ,r,cars in post. Wc

rvill bc cncoLrraging cr()ss-partv c()nscns'.ls ()n

thc issuc, ancl 'uvill also bc looking to lobbv MI)s

and Ml:l)s (Mcmbcrs of liuropcan l)arliamcnt)

to makc str()ng commitrncnts at thc l)aris [JN

Clirnatc -l'ulks tlris l)cccrnbcr. With thc clcction

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(IPENING PRAYER

Lord, hetp us lookforuard tofuture generations,

n heQ tbem to see the importance in preseroing

this wonderful creation giaen to us.

Thank youfor tle gtfts

that the environment has giaen us:

Food, wster, shelter,fuel and u:ildlife.

Help us to see the destruction tbat zae are causing

and to make cbanges so thatfuture generations

Amen

can see the true beauty of creation.

READING

'But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the

birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to

the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the

sea inform you. Which of all these does not know

that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his

hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all

mankind.'Jobl2:7-10

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HYMN

For the Beauty of the Earth or All Things Bright

and Beautifirl

MESSAGE

Take a moment to look to the privileges of modern

day life and thank God for the things he has given

us. It's important to appreciate the world in all its

wonder and it's easy to thank God for creation, but

we also need to take a step back and look how we

treat this planet that has been given to us as a gift.

Environmental stewardship is something that

is often prayed about and then overlooked; the

environment is something that needs not just Prayer,

but action! There are many simple ways that we can all

participate in environmental stewardship - whether it

be recycling, or walking instead of driving - that are

small but have a massive effect on the environment.

In the World Day of Peace message in 2010, Pope

Benedict XVI said,'The environment must be seen

as God's gift to all'people, and the use we make of

it entails a shared responsibility for all humaniry

especially the poor and future generations.'

The environment was given to us by God to treasure

and look after, but we are doing the exact oPposite:

'The existence of extreme poverty and environmental

destruction in our world are not natural forces, nor

acts of God, but result from human behavlour.' We

need to look forward to future generations and help

preserve this wonderful creation that God entrusted

to us.The environment has given us food, shelter, fuel

and livelihoods... so why should we now be abusing

that and causing damage to the resources that helped

us create the wodd we live in today?

HYMil

For the Fruit ofAll Creation or I, the Lord of Sea

and Sky

FIiIAL PRAYER

Tlte Lord bless us and uatch over us;

Tlte Lord make bisface shine u?on us

and be gracious to us;

The Lord look kindly on us and ghte us ?eace.

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Hind, 0rthodox Youth Fellowship (0Vfl Jordan

My SCM... is involved in outreach work to Arab Christii'tns in Israel. Jordrrniirus irud

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i-port"nt r,vork. At the moment we are approaching church leaders in the Orthodox,

Ariglic,in ald Lutheran denominirtions through the OYF Jordan President, Bishop Qilis

Sadiq. Work is starting ro get I'ourh groups in churches, and rve irre also begir-rning to look

irt horv to do comuunin'organising in refugee camPs to help people to deirl rvith the rnlln't'

issues thirt are endemic here including sexu'.rl harassment and unemploYmetlt'

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Our Father, lour

Kingdom come,

your tuill be done, on earth as it is in

heaven...

I sit and think about our land and

its shared life... and so I founded a

tiny political party of me and two

elderly friends called the Common

Good (i.e. seeking the good of the

community as a whole - including all

in our nation and every other one). I

stand in elections, mosdy losing to

the Monster Raving Loony Party. I

feel the rejection but I m doing my

job.

I want our country to be a team and

a famtly.I want it to be a really lovely,

secure place to live and workr to rear

children and to retire satisfied that

you have contributed to the success

of something you deeply believe in. I

want us to get on well together doing

stuff that makes the wodd a better

place. People all over the world would

hear about how we organise ourselves

and what inspires us. They would

love it - excePt possibly the tyrants!

Our vision would spread. People in

trouble throughout the world would

know that they have a friend in us.

But that's not where we are now. We

need an inspiring sense ofvision and

purpose as a nation - a sense ofdoing

a job together that everyone can feel

proud and h"ppy to be part of - the

Big Picture.

WeVe become individualistic. 'Me

fust!' But people are uneasy about

it. We've privatised too much. We

wrongly think money is the only

way to motivate people. We are too

unequal a society. Some get Paid

ridiculous sums, even from the public

pursel others get a piftance and

struggle with debt.

Let's have the teamwork and public

service that inspired

-y parents,

heroic wartime generation to self_

sacrifice for the good of others,

even at risk of their own survival.

Let's be led by humble leaders on

modest pay who appreciate the

contribution of all and who inspire

the best from team members. We

need vision and camaraderie. fhen

there's room for everybody and, a

h"ppy atmosphere in which to work.

That's the inclusiveness we should

aspire to instead of accepting the

current dangerous selfishness that

drives people to misery or violence.

fhe world needs us, but we can only

do good if we get our own house in

order.

Im in favour of praying, of course,

but Jesus in his Matthew 25 story of

sheef and the goats

1fe

had u pirrry

dim view of those who just did the

religious stuff and didnt get their

hands dirty. To get to the heart of

the systems and attitudes that cause

pain in our society and in the world,

you've got to be politically active. So

certainlyvote, but alsojoin a political

pary - and ifyou cant find one that

you agree with, try mine since I

founded it because I couldnt agree

with any of the others! God bless you

and make you a blessing to others.


EllaSibleY llHS

I'm here to sing the praises of the NHS; a system I dearly love for many reasons'

I rove the NHS for ideorogicar reasons. Free healthcare for arl is morally right'To *y follows naturally from

tltd'it

roving my neighbou, urrd-dor',g unto others J", r wourd t u,r. tn.* di' .rnto -". t,r- been a poor student and

not having to worry about hearthcare costs meant that I actuaty *..,-r" ,." a doctor when I needed it rather than

ignoring problems. Now that I'm out ," iu;it *o'ta' t'* t'ont"ty delighted to Pay my taxes to ensure that

'nt

everyone has the same oPPorturuty'

reasons. I took a degree in Maths and Economics at universiry and

The NHS also makes sense to me for economlc

final year. The figures seriously stack uP when You do even the

took specialist modules in health economics in mY

healthcare is the cheaPest option for the nation, bY far' I see

most basic analYsis; do Your

research: PubliclY Provided

every bit as valid and worthwhile as the calling to ministrY -

medicine as a true vocation - n qalling from God that is

making game?

so why on earth would we want to turn this into a Profitthe

NHS for reasons' MY sister was criticallY illa couPle of Years

Finally,I choose

Personal

a few brief chats with those who worked on the (absolutelY fantastic)

ago and, through

at Bristol Royal Infirmary, it quickly became clear to me that the medical

intenstve care ward

care she received might have been beyond my family's means' I cant imagine anYthing worse

and cons ofvarious treatments for their children

than Parents

having to weigh uP the Pros

can afford it.

when theY also have to factor in whether theY

I'm voting to defend the NHS' I pray you'll never need it' but will fight to make sure it's

there if You

do'


ElliePeacoclt

European Union ltlemberchiP

2015 will be my first chance to vote in a General Election and, though I have always looked forward to doing so, the issue making

it all the more significant for me this year is that of protecting our position within the European Union' Like hundreds of other

foreign ranguage students in the uK, I have a vested interest.in the work of the EU, such as the ERASMUS programme that

supported my residence abroad in Germany rast year. I also know that my living and working on the continent after graduating

will rely heavily on the freedoms and benefits which I have come to take for granted as a citizen of the EU'

These personal inconveniences would be nothing, however, compared to what our country could

potentially stand to lose if we were to exit Europe. on a practical level, an unprecedented amount

of UK-based business and investment would b. p,rt in jeopardy, with huge numbers of jobs and

livelihoods consequently at risk' It is on a much deeper ideological level that I so support our

involvement in the European community and participation in its evolving democratic bodies'

especially when it .o.n., to the reform th"y ,rndeniably require. As an equally British and

Errrop.* citizen,lfeel that we have a responsibility to cooperate with our closest neighbours' to

celebrate both our unity and &versity, u.ri ro harness our combined power as a force for good'


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Revd Swarup Bar is ordained in the Church of North lndra (CNl). He is currentty studying for

his phD in Systematic Theotogy, with an interest in ecumenism and interfaith reLations, at the

University of Edinburgh. He and his wife SonaIi have a beautifuI daughter, Ayanna.


Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the foremost Jewish

theologians of the 20th century hit the nail on the

head when he said,'People of our time are losing the

power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek

to be amused or entertained. [...] Celebration is a

confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent

meaning of one's actions.' This points to both the

crisis of today's human life - the lack of meaningful

celebration - and to an important truth: that celebration

links us to the transcendent, the divine and with each

other. We shall see that our Scriptures, our traditions

and our deepest notions of God uphold such a truth.

Both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament

record events of celebration. The Hebrew word

chagag (pronounced khaw-gag, usually translated

as 'celebrate') and other derivatives mostly refer to

observance of a feast or festival, including rejoicing

and dancing (or to move in a circle). InJewish society,

religious festivals centred on God or the Temple, or

were an event of remembering God's gracious acts

for the people. But there are some significant aspects

about these festivals: first, these festivals had a cohesive

factor to bind the whole community together; second,

the celebration of these festivals included involvement

not only of one's faith and mind but one's body as well.

The Cfuistian festivals of Christmas, Easter and others,

though commercialised nowadays, remain occasions

where all are involved in rejoicing. That the senses and

body are involved in singing, dancing and rejoicing is

an important aspect of celebration itself. The Psalms

give ampie examples of such rejoicing and celebration

involving literally our whole being.

Focussing on the aspect of dance, I think God the

Trinity is involved in an eternal dance. In the Eastern

Christian thought, the Greek term perichoresis

signifies circular movement and interpenetration of

the three persons of the Godhead. The basic idea here

is that there is perfect communion among the persons

of the Triniry as their essence, will and actions operate

together. The Tlinity seems to dance in perfect rhythm

even though the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are

three distinct persons, yet one. We can say therefore

that celebration is at the heart of the very being of God.

And if we realise this, it can make all the difference in

our lives. Three principles can be derived from this:

First, celebration is to be a continuous part of our

lives and not limited to aspects that are somehow set

apart. As I believe it is in the very nature of God to

celebrate, we must always find occasions in our lives

to do so. This makes us celebrate life itself! To treat

life as a sacred gift of God and to be able to love

life in all its different shapes, forms and colours is a

worthy endeavour. This also leads us into the notion

that life should be celebrated not in isolated entities

but in interrelationships.This earth, human beings and

the whole of creation in their interrelationships and

interdependence should be upheld and celebrated. As

we depend on the earth, the earth also depends on us.

We celebrate that, in recognising this interdependence,

some universities in the UK have agreed to divest

from fossil fuel industries out of concern for the

environment.

Second, we must learn to celebrate our differences and

live in unity just as the three persons of the Tiinity,

though distinct, cooperate in unity. Celebrating our

different creeds, colours, religions and nationalities

is one of the most urgent needs of our time. Our

diversities have the potential to bring us together rather

than separate us. In the context ofracial discrimination

and violence between faith communities witnessed in

Ferguson or Paris, in Syria or Iraq, it is of the utmost

necessity for us to nurture an attitude ofaccepting the

'other'and of rejoicing in our diversities. We celebrate

that SCM groups in different parts of the world have

the potential to bring together students irrespective

of their gender, nationality or class as a responsible

community oriented towards justice and peace.

Third,we must celebrate our bodies and our sexualities.

In a wodd where the duality of the spirit in contrast

to the body is stressed - and often the goodness of

the former is endorsed - we must celebrate God's

creation of our bodies and our sexuality. This aspect

of celebrating our bodies and sexuality challenges the

stereotyped notions of gender, disabiliry disease and

sexual orientation. Here, we celebrate the fact that we

are women or men or persons of a different gender

identiry but all made in the image of God and unique

persons ofworth. We take this opportunity to celebrate

with women who have been recently consecrated

Bishops after a long struggle. The Church of South

India (CSI) consecrated its first woman Bishop, the Rt.

Revd. Pushpa Lalitha, on 23 September 2073 and the

Church of England consecrated the Rt. Revd. Libby

Lane as Bishop on 26 January 2075. We congrarulate

them, and the whole church

celebrates with them for this

historic breakthrough.

I end with a quote fromJoanne

Harris: 'Life is what you

celebrate, all ofit, even its end.'


H||UETEII tSSUr r50 SUttE[ 2015

AN INTERVIEW WITH

CHINE MBUBAEGBU

Cltine Mbubaegbu is Director of Comrnunications at tlte Evangelical Alliance.

a book exploring body image andfaitlt

Slte is the autltor ofAm I Beautiful? -

- and a trustee of cltarities tlte Bible Society, tlte Cltristian Enguiry Agency, tlte

Clturclt U Media Netzpork and tlte Sopltia Network. Slte studied Theology U

Religious Studies at Cambridge University before becoming a journalist.

i

When &d you first speak about your beliefs outside

of a church setting? Do you have any tips for people

who are trying to be more outspoken about their

convictions?

My faith has always been an integral part of my life,

so I think I've always been open about it. There are,

of course, times when this has been easier to do than

others. I remember being at school and being petrified

of even sayrng that I go to church on Sundays. But I

think that's part ofthe insecuriry ofbeing a pre-teen and

trying to carve out your identity yet, ironically, not doing

anything that might be seen as standing out from the

crowd. I think having a job in a Christian organisation

makes it easier for me to speak about my faith because

it's also my day job. I have lots of non-Christian friends

who I'm happy to talk about the God thing with. I'm

not ashamed of it. But I am sometimes ashamed of the

way that some Christians behave and am worried that

myfriendswill associate mewith them! Ifyou're hoping

to be more outspoken about your convictions, try doing

what I did and attend a National Secular Society

event - it was amazingly liberating, being in a room

full of people who saw religion as the enemy. (Not all

secularists do, ofcourse, but these ones certainly did.) If

you're trying to speak up about your faith, then do your

research. Think deeply about your faith. Dont let it be

a shallow one that can be dismissed in an instant. Our

faith makes total sense. And remember that there are

plenty of other woddviews that dont. Have confidence

in the Gospel. Dont be afraid to challenge people's

assumptions about Christianity.

The church seems to have much more to say about.

growing romantic relationships than it does about

investing in friendships. What message do you think

young Christians need to hear about being good

friendsl

It could be said that the Church absolutely does idolise

romantic relationships and marriage to the detriment

of nurturing good friends and healthy friendships.

PASE IO

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HIIUETEII IS$UE |5ll SUilIEN 20fi

Our society is increasingly transient. We have short

attention spans.Ifwe dont like aTV show or a product,

we can change the channel or trade it in for something

different. It's against this backdrop that nurturing,

enduring friendships that stand the test of time become

rare. Friendships in the Bible are described as those

special bonds that remain through the hardships of life.

Proverbs 18:24 describes a friend who sticks'closer than

a brother', while the story of David and Jonathan is a

great model ofwhat friendship should be. Having good

friends - both inside and outside the Church - helps

us through all that life throws at us. Itt nor just about

having good friends, but the Church needs to do better

at encouraging all people - not just young Christians -

to be the kind of friend they would hope to be. I'm not

sure I've ever heard a sermon on friendship, and thatt

telling.

Your book, Am I Beautiful?, confronts the beauty

myth with the truth that we are created in God's

image. Is it significirnt that the tide is a question

rather than a bold statement?

IVe never been asked this question before! But yes, I

suppose it is. The title reflects the fact that so many of

us question whether we are beautiful even though we

have grown up in churches in which we've heard things

like how God looks at the inside and not the outside

and how we are all made in the image of God. We ask

the question because this doesnt seem to be what we

see when we look in the mirror. How can I be beautiful

when I feel so inadequate when compared to images of

supposed outstandingly beautiful women in magazines

and even my own friends? The book tries to answer this

by exploring some of the questions that I have about

my own body image. But it comes to the conclusion

that the answer is always yes. And that's regardless

of what we actually look like. Because the images we

compare ourselves to are not only unrealistic, but they

point to an arbitrary societal beauty standard that is a

distortion of what true beauty - God's beaury - is.

Who has been arole model orinspiration foryou?

I'm blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing rcle

models who inspire me. Theologians and Christian

leaders like Elaine Storkey and Maggi Dawn are

brilliant. They are strong, wise, dazzhnely clever and

courageous. There are some amazing women in my

own family: my mum was the first black woman to be

a principal and chief executive of a further education

college in the UK, and she now has a CBE from the

Qreen. There are also the dedicated, hard-working

and creative women I'm honoured to work with every

day. And ihen there are my friends: mighty women of

valour who strive for excellence, who laugh with me,

cry with me, cheer me on and hold me to account. I'm

so honoured to know so many inspiring women.

Should young women who are thinking about

vocations in the church be encouraged by the progress

ofwomen into leadership positions or discouragedby

how bittedy contentious the issue remains?

I dont think there's any point in being bitter about it, as

that will just stop us from fulfilling all that we're meant

'to be. It's about looking ahead to the future: once we

achieve leadership positions, how can we strive to lead

well and also to encourage those women coming up

after us?

There are so many terrible things in the news -

sexism, racism, persecution, economic e4ploitation

- that are regularly described as being'unforgivable'.

We are led by our faith to condemn these things and

fight for social justice, but also to bring forgiveness

and redemption into the conversation. How can we

do both?

This is such a difficult thing to balance. As Christians,

I believe wete called to play our part in seeing God's

kingdom on earth - that means the end of all the bad

stuff. So yes, we should absolutely stand up against any

kind of injustice, wrongdoing, violence or exploitation.

Doing this doesnt mean we have not forgiven the

perpetrators. But sometimes it's not our place to do

the forgiving. There are times when us chiming in to

forgive, when we are not the ones who have been hurt,

can seem insensitive. But some of the most amazing

stories I ve heard - those that make me think'that can

only be God'- are when you hear ofpeople whose loved

ones have been brutally murdered and yet they say,'We

forgive.'. Its things like this - forgiving when it just

seems humanly impossible - that are a great witness to

the unfathomable grace of God.

If you could go back and speak to yourself as a fresher

at university, what advice would you give?

I d tell myself not to worry so much - to enjoy life. I'd

tell myself to stand up straight - to not try to make

myself smaller. To have a deeper faith at an eadier age.

To write down all the boofts I've read. To not despair

when doors are shut, but to have hope in the other

amazing ones that'll open.

t0urttil - tssut t50

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mftrilI r$suE 150 suxxEn 2015

FAITH IN AOTI (lN

SCM'S Faith in Action Project with Proj ect Bonhoeffer is now in i-ts thi-rd

year. The Project seeks to apply Dietri ch Bonhoeffer's thinking about the

roIe of faith in a secular societY bY givrng interns the oPPortunitY to

gain f irst-hand experlence of injustice, to refl-ect on and share those

experiences' and to insPrre arrd, equiP PeoPle

to take action'

JACQUE

Dear SCM,

I hope this edition of ltovement finds

you weII!

Last tine f wrote I was running the

We77 Horkshops as part of ny

placement at Northanpton ffjnd. These

workshops fit into the .educatj,onal,

sphere of Mind,s work, and ain to heLp

service users through learning new

skills and developiag self-arar€ness.

At the alnost halfway point of ny

internship f lras keen to learn nore

about the other work that lfind d.oes.

So, for the past couple of nonths I've

been running a Wool and Fabric qrouD on

Monday afternoons, which fits into the

(therapeutic, sphere.

Each week we work on a new craft

project, so ny bank of easy to do, one

hour long, take-sone-tine-out crafts is

growing, and is being tried and tested.

by people whorve never done then before.

ff you're looking for a snall project to

help deal with the stress of upconing

deadl-ines and exanns, check out ny top

three easy crafts on ny blog at

www . noveneat . ore . uk/bLoes,/ j acque .

I hope to see you soon

at the SCM NationaL

Gathering !

Huch love,

Jacque

Xx

S(IME

THAT

Here are some things I've learned from the

Faith in Action Project:

. A calling or vocation doesrft necessarily imply a Christian occupation'

. There is an immense value in reflecting together with someone else'

. Some reflective activities work much better in&vidually'

. I'm learning to let go of the prerequisite that the majority of my friends

shouldbe in mY age range'

. As President of an SCti *ffii"t"d group I learned how awkrrard it can

feel if there's a low turnout when an intern visits'

. As an intern I learned that those visits are veryworthwhile and are

sometimes the most imPortant'

. Suitcases with four wheels make train aisles much easier to navigate'

' PeoPle appreciate a wide variety ofthings about SCM'

often really good at catering for a range ofdietary

' SCM gtoop, -"

requirements.

' RevisitinB theological refleaions can be difrcult' but it's worthwhile'

. Churches working together is the most sustainable way to c-hange our

communities.

' Ecumenism works better looking outwards than inwards'

. SCM Friends have so muc-h to offer and students love meeting them'

. You'llwantto fixmorethanyou can'

'

. It is super er


STEPHEN

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As a Faith in Action

fntern, f have beeu

investigating the i.ssues

of food waste and food

poverty ip Britain. Around

20 nillion tonnes of food

is thrown away each year

in the UK, while around S

nil-lion people are i.n food

poverty. fn the shadow of

such concerning data, what

does it nean to bel_ieve

in a God of provision

and conpassion? How can

Christians play a role in

reversing this injustice

a-n'd enbody the nessage of

love we preach?

ft has been a privilege

to tour the SCM groups

and pose these questions

to students. f have

been inviting students

to inagine what a nore

just food systen would

look li.ker atrd how they

can take practical steps

towards establishing

justice on earth, as j.t

is in Heaven. One idea

has been the creation of

food recycling schenes,

which have since kicked

off in two Sheffield

universlties. For nore

t"t".r"tt"", "n.8 "

blog on the SCM Lrebsite _

www. novenent . orA. uk/bloAs/

stephen.

When the Pharaohs ruled and the sun

shone mercilessly, the Israelites were

enslaved by the Egyptians. Oppressive

slave drivers worked the Israelites into

the ground, fuelled by pride and fear.

But God had a plan. God wa, to lead

them out, to free them. And God was to

choose someone to be their leader.

There were two candidates for the

job. One was the pharaoh,s adopted

grandson. Accordingly, he had status

and wealth in the land beyond compiue.

He was well-educated and thougitfrrl.

By virtue of his position he couljquite

easily get a forum with pharaoh; he

already had a foot in the door.

The other was a criminal, a fugitive,

and a refugee. He lived in th. o,rt-ba.k.

and held the lowest of o..up^tionrf

shepherding. He had no stals, no

wealth, no privilege. He was miles from

the- Pharaoh's court, geographically and

socially.

WHICH M(ISES

One is Moses in chapter two ofExodus.

The other is Moses in chapter three.

To whom does God go in search for a

leader? God doesnt decide to show up

in the palace. Instead God shows up in

the wilderness, in a burning bush.

ARE Y(lU?

understand the position of his people

oppressed by the Egyptians, and bette,

respond to their suffering. When he

the plight

f1t.d1l3vered of f,i, f"_ity,

his initial reaction was to lash out in

blind anger. He witnessed an Egyptian

beating up a Hebrew, and he kfi hi_.

Granted, he did free that individual

Hebrew, but did he gain his peoplet

respectl Verse 14 answers that. Blind

rage isnt what God wants from us

when we witness the oppression of our

fellow humans.

Instead, God strips Moses of his

s.tatus and helps him to understand

the sufferings of his famiy for himself

Similarly, he wants us not to lash out in

anger, but to understand for ourselves

the pain of the poor and oppressed

around us.

f am Moses. perhaps you are too. I, like

Moses, was born into relative comfort

and privilege. But I am starting to

realise that the comfort and privil[e I

t1*.h^": been bought at the .*pJ.r.

of the freedom and lives of ,irt.r,

and brothers across the planet, and

the expense of global equaliry. I can

be tempted to react in anger to this

realisation, but instead God calls me to

I find this story about Moses very

interesting. Why doesnt God give

Moses his commission while het in"the

Egyptian palace? What makes Moses

in chapter three a better candidate to

lead the Israelites to freedom?

It is the very fact that he had lost

everything - lost all his status, wealth

and privilege. From a position of

destitution and pain, he could better

share in the sufferings of the poor.

Jesus_ is the quintessential example

of this. He came down to earth

deliberately to suffer in order to save

the suffering. He was despised, in order

to save the despised. If we want to see

liberation for those who suffer, iashing

out in anger is not the answer. B. mor.

like Moses of chapter three, lose status,

and share in sufferings.

StephenAtkinson


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The summer features a number of

Christian festivals - and you can find

SCM stalls at several ofthem! - so enjoy

some perspectives on a few of these

seasonal celebrations.

SOTAS FESIIUAT

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The Solas Festival is like a little sister to

Greenbelt Festival, and is partnered with

a number of church and justice groups

to ensure that issues ofsocialjustice and

responsibility feature strongly in their

programming, which also includes a

huge variety of music, literature, debate,

art, all-age activities and much more.

Between the Lines, the 2015 Solas

Festival, will focus on cultural identities

in their many forms and how these are

expressed through the arts. Solas is an

arts, music and culturq festival (founded

in 2011) that aims to create a generous,

hospitable space in Scotland where the

arts can be performed and enjoyed by all.

Having attended the festival for the

past few years, I can say it is one ofthe

highlights of my summer (especially

when the weather holds up!) and is

always an enjoyable and thoughtprovoking

experience. Solas 2015 will

take place in the Bield, Blackruthven,

Perth from 19-21, June. Details of the

line-up and ticket prices are available on

the website at www.solasfestival.co.uk

(although you can attend for free ifyou

volunteer and this is always great fun, so

it's well worth considering!).

Robert Kimmitt

MOMEIIIUM

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There is something about retreating

into the wilderness with not much more

than a tent, a Bible and a notebook that

evocatively harks back to our religious

ancestry.There are few opportunities that

grant us the freedom to leave behind our

fast-paced, consumerist technocentric

lifestyles and seek God like the Israelites

did. Momentum comes quite close.

Momentum offers five jam-packed days

of worship, teaching and ministry out in

the sticks of Somerset, and attracts some

of the church's most prolific thinkers

and preachers. Attendees camp together,

sharing land, food and the occasional

overly-competitive game of rounders.

It provides a unique opportunity to

exercise the great values of generosity

and hospitality in a safe and temporary

space.

Sadly, in places, consumerism has

followed the church into the wilderness.

Expect to find large banners of Christian

celebrities and tables stacked with

farx-ecclesial tat - tables which would

have been overturned in first-century

Jerusalem.

It is foolish to think Momentum can

provide a taste of heaven any more than

your local homeless shelter can, but for a

few days of rest, teaching and fellowship,

I recommend it.

Stepben Atkinson

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. Sitting in the Jesus Arms catching

up with old friends over a pint of

organic ale.

' Listening to a cool folk music with

lyrics about justice and redemption,

surrounded by people of all ages in

wellies, woolly hats and rainbow

stripe umbrellas.

' Vicky Beeching receiving a standing

ovation for coming out as gay.

' Taiz6. worship with 600 people in the

BigTop.

' Talks on everything from ethical

investment to homelessness, new

monasticism to vocation.

' A chance to meet other students.

If you read this list and think'Oh wow,

that sounds amazing!'then Greenbelt is

probably for you.

On a practical note, food is a bit

expensive, so try and bring some of your

own or befriend someone with a car who

can do a food run. There is a small shop

on site that sells basic supplies. It can

take a while to get to the campsite, so

pack as light as you can, but still take lots

of warm things. There are toilets, and

showers that can be booked in advance.

Greenbelt are working to improve

disabled access, and there are tracks

around most of the site and an access

team to help you.

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