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Author: Robb

Chaotic Good.

Poverty: Time to Challenge the Narrative!

If you have hung around for long enough, you will know that I have strong opinions about poverty and how it is created within our society. As the world re-emerges from the last 18 months of Covidtide, we are seeing a sharp snap back to a narrative of the undeserving poor.  With universal credit being slashed in the coming week affecting 6 million people, we are once again seeing an ideological drive to level up the wealthy at the expense of the poor. 

At the heart of it all is the narrative we tell ourselves about who we are as a community.  This clip is well worth two and a half minutes of your time.

Our national narrative is once again being steered by those at the top towards one of the “undeserving poor”.  This is a narrative we must stand against at all costs as a church.  It doesn’t fit.  It’s not Christian.  We must shout loudly and proudly about the inherent worth of every single human being, created in the image of God and beloved.  If we don’t rise to this challenge, we have failed to live up to our call as Jesus apprentices.

“Blessed are the poor.”

Jesus

~Fin~

We Thank Thee Lord, a Harvest Hymn to a Famous Tune

Ruth and I have been writing lots of new songs this summer. Yesterday she said “this tune reminds me of something”. When I pointed out what it reminded me of, we fell down a rabbit hole setting Last of the Summer Wine as a hymn tune. The best we came up with was a harvest hymn we found on the internet but we can’t find an author for it.

As we are staying with friends, this recording is just a borrowed acoustic guitar and an iphone in the garden. Maybe one day I will do a full metal version for you with Metanoia. Or maybe not.

#OFMOnlie2021 Benediction with @FrSimon and @Metanoiauk

In the last year, Ruth and I have been providing music for Holy Nativity’s online services but there has been little in the way of “live” music. For last night’s Benediction at On Fire, we were able to do something together as Metanoia for a couple of songs. The rest are me and Ruth playing together. Check it out and see what you think.