Dealing with darkness

What will the history books say about this time? I keep wondering how this strange time will be recorded. How can a page in a GCSE textbook reflect the complex emotions we are all feeling? The darkness of grief, loneliness of isolation and confusion of an uncertain future. We are all desperately searching for meaning …

Practical pandemic tips

Humans are sociable creatures, we are interdependent in so many ways; within households, communities and today globally more than ever before. Like many others I am working from home and nearly all of my outside work activities have been cancelled, postponed or moved online. My world, like yours, has within hours become so much narrower. …

Asylum Seeker Rights: workshop in a blog

As with all non-essential gatherings our 'Asylum Seeker Rights' everyday activism event had to be postponed. In these strange and isolated days we are not powerless, these could be times of learning, reflecting, preparing and even taking some small actions on important topics. So here is the workshop we had planned in blog form, although …

Activism and Contemplation: two sides of the same coin?

Leeds has a fantastic activist community. People are fighting for change on many fronts: climate change, asylum seeker and refugee rights, air quality, the airport expansion, inequality, mental health, I could go on. When I started in my role as Development Officer for the Leeds Methodist Mission I was inspired by the passion of the …