But where we see challenges to the will and heart of God – where children are being locked up in cages and separated from their families, where the stranger isn’t welcomed, where those on low incomes, disabled and elderly people are oppressed and degraded, where the earth is exploited instead of treasured – then may we too have the courage of David, the foolishness of the small in challenging the big,
Frances Ryan’s impeccably researched book echoes the UN’s findings that the UK’s austerity politics have been breaching human rights agreements for disabled people. In every area of essentials – housing, health, social care, jobs, representation, money – disabled people’s access and rights have been systematically pushed back,
Book reviews: Out of Control – Natalie Collins, Learning to Breathe- Rachael Newham, Glorious Weakness – Alia Joy, The Making of Us – Sheridan Voysey, Once We Were Strangers – Shawn Smucker, The View from Rock Bottom – Stephanie Tait, The Gladstone Tales and Image of the Invisible – Amy Scott Robinson
What I’ve been reading in March-May 2019 – Pat Barker, Anna Burns, L B Hathaway, Alice Broadway, KatherineRundell, Jessica Townsend, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Robert Louis Stevenson
“During the silences of suffering, kindness speaks louder than ever.”
‘Before Jesus healed people, he asked, “What do you want from me?” — perhaps because he did not always assume that it would be healing. The Church should be asking similarly neutral questions of disabled people.’
I have an exciting announcement: I will be a keynote speaker for Evolving Faith Conference (4-5 October, 2019), Colorado, US.
Grief does not work to our timetable. Grief comes in waves and bursts. There is a season for laughter, but there are also seasons for crying, and everything in its season.