About R&R and Jon Kuhrt

‘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

R&RWelcome to Resistance & Renewal.

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

Me (and a bit of Danny)

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!  

Follow me on twitter @jonkuhrt or email me at mrjonkuhrt@gmail.com

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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6 Responses to About R&R and Jon Kuhrt

  1. quirkycase says:

    Hi Jon, I’ve been reading around your blog for a while now and share a lot of your sentiments! Perhaps you might like to read this blog post I wrote a while ago – I’m sure you’re up with Tom Wright’s theology on social justice – http://quirkycase.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/the-dangers-of-a-spiritualized-gospel/ I’d be interested to know what you think, especially about how social justice and the ‘spiritual’ gospel cannot be divorced from each other. Thanks!

  2. Jon Kuhrt says:

    Thanks for sending this link to me and I enjoyed reading it.

    I was struck by your comment ‘Rather, the two go hand in hand, at best not separated at all, at least in theory. How this works out practically is, of course, another matter.’ I think how we actually do this bringing together is the key task facing the church – how it integrates the explicit message of God’s love – the verbal exchange of the good news – with the more implicit outward working of that love through social action and social justice. We need to do this in practice – I have found that a concern for social justice is the best way to share faith– if you are prepared to be brave and speak up when opportunities present themselves (which I have found they do) and not go all soggy theologically and pretend everyone believes the same thing. So all the best in finding practical ways to hold these things together – it makes reading Tom Wright even more enjoyable and nourishing! Thanks and God bless, Jon

  3. Hello, Jon! Mike Morrell asked me to contact you because he really appreciates your blog and thinks you’d be an excellent candidate for his Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

  4. Pingback: A spiritual pilgrimage in the real world: Kenneth Leech 1939-2015 | Resistance & Renewal

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