The price of a coffee

Today, in the Salvation Army we observe Human Trafficking Sunday. It’s a day when, as a whole church we talk about and pray about human trafficking. It’s one of those difficult Sundays for me, with all my openness about homelessness and poverty, there are still some things I don’t talk about. I sit through theseContinue reading “The price of a coffee”

The Poverty of Self Worth

I’ve just come home from one of the most frustrating evenings. I’ve been in London for the launch of the Joseph Rountree Foundation strategy for solving poverty in the UK. An important event which I urge you to search the hashtag #solveukpoverty and find the video of the event. At 4pm we (20 of us)Continue reading “The Poverty of Self Worth”

Communicating Poverty

This is a post I have written for the Leeds Poverty Truth commission, which I post here for others to read and ponder.  Over the past seven years I’ve gone from being hospitalised every couple months to getting a place at University. I didn’t do it alone and although it was hard work it alsoContinue reading “Communicating Poverty”

Artwork is Work

This morning I received an email Hello Joy,  This morning during Social Services prayers I took the opportunity to ask my colleagues to judge the entries in the logo competition.  I am delighted to be able to let you know that one of your designs has been chosen and will be the logo for theContinue reading “Artwork is Work”

Of the Cloth – A meeting with the Reverend

My first impressions, when I think about the Anglican Church and cloth is one of extravagance.  I imagine gold worked embroidered headwear, lavishly designed altar cloths and endless men in long dresses. I realise, I know little about the Anglican Church. So with my perceived image of the church I went to visit the RevdContinue reading “Of the Cloth – A meeting with the Reverend”

On being Shoddy

shoddy adjective: shoddy; comparative adjective: shoddier; superlative adjective: shoddiest 1. badly made or done. synonyms: poor-quality, inferior, second-rate, third-rate, low-grade, cheap, cheapjack, tawdry, rubbishy, trashy, gimcrack, jerry-built, crude, tinny, tacky, tatty, junky, ropy, duff, rubbish, grotty, careless, slapdash, sloppy, slipshod, scrappy, untidy, messy, hasty, hurried, negligent, lacking moral principle, sordid “we’re not paying good money forContinue reading “On being Shoddy”

Daria Pionko Memorial Service – Updated

A short memorial service is going to be held at 2.30pm on Sunday 3rd January 2016. SPRINGWELL ROAD, Leeds. Not Holbeck lane as previously said. Please come if you can, bring a candle, flowers, something to let the world know she was valuable. Instead of starting another post about this I’ll just respond to commentsContinue reading “Daria Pionko Memorial Service – Updated”

Daria Pionko and the Christmas message

This is what the Christmas message is about. The light that came in darkness. Help in times of trouble. Love and light overcoming the world of darkness.
It’s almost a week since Daria lost her life and I want to do something, no life should end this way.

Leeds Waterfront Festival

A few weeks ago I went to the Leeds Waterfront festival, a free yearly event over several locations along the canal and river.

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