‘Our spiritual pilgrimage is not within an artificial religious world, but within the real world in which coal is mined and lemon meringue pie is made, the world in which companies are taken over and homeless people die in the street, the world in which wars are declared and millions long for peace and for justice.’ Kenneth Leech
I started R&R in April 2011 to share reflections on how faith relates to transformation and social justice. Over the last 20 years my work has either been with homeless people or supporting urban churches in their community work.
R&R has been a space to think aloud and share my thoughts about the issues which have underpinned and surrounded my work.
I believe it is important that any thinking, theorising or reflecting on faith is done in light of action and practice. Too much theology and church culture exist only in a world of words which are too often detached and dis-integrated from the real world where they can make a difference. I believe that Christian beliefs only become faith when they are put into action.
It is called Resistance & Renewal because following Jesus in the real world involves resisting greed, selfishness, pride and other destructive values and behaviours. But is also means finding renewal in God’s grace, acceptance and transforming love. It’s what the world is waiting for.
I believe that everyone needs a bit of R&R in their life! Jon Kuhrt
A bit about me: I work at the West London Mission as Executive Director of Social Work , leading our work with people affected by homelessness, offending and addictions. I live in Streatham, south London with my wife Nikki and our three children, Danny, Tom and Jenna. We are all involved at Streatham Baptist Church and are part of the Lee Abbey Youth Camp every summer. I am a member of Christians on the Left and my favourite writer is George Orwell. Oh and I should add, I don’t like cricket. I LOVE IT!
Please note that I write in a personal capacity on R&R and the articles do not represent the views of any of the organisations listed.
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