Suffering

God responds to pain and suffering

God responds to pain and suffering

We had climbed to part of the area that had been devastated by the earthquake. Under a makeshift shelter an old lady sat rocking back and forward. She described the…

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Living faithfully when I don’t know the answer

Living faithfully when I don’t know the answer

I can still remember exactly where I was standing when we received the phone call, on the kitchen side of the arch that separated the kitchen and lounge. It was…

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‘Woman, why are you crying?’

‘Woman, why are you crying?’

I had returned for a visit to the South Asian city where I had previously worked. Dr Zahra had heard I was there, staying at the guest house, and asked…

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Weeping with those who weep

Weeping with those who weep

I was sitting with my language teacher, reading a piece she had chosen by a Palestinian poet, where he mourned his exile from his country.  It was not long since…

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An Unlikely Pair

An Unlikely Pair

The stories of two women, and what they teach us.  At the heart of the Joseph narrative in Genesis (38, 39) we find the stories of an unexpected pair of…

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Life without a home

Life without a home

What does it mean to be a woman on the refugee trail? It almost sounds like an adventure when we write it like that, the refugee trail. To speak this…

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Missing the mark

Missing the mark

Sin is the usual starting point for the message of the good news of God’s love for us all. We quickly go back to the first time humankind broke relationship…

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The Floating People – for the Rohingya People

The Floating People – for the Rohingya People

This poem was written for and read at a vigil for the Rohingya People held in a city in the North of England, October 2018. This Yorkshire city is refuge…

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Season of joy and suffering

Season of joy and suffering

Christmas celebrations focus on joy, with lots of festivity, food and family celebrations along the way. We rejoice in the wonderful truth of God with us, born into our world…

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The invisible face of war and conflict

The invisible face of war and conflict

Thirteen tables groups each worked on the profile of a refugee at a gathering I was recently attending. Only two of those thirteen groups profiled a woman. This does not…

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