Entries by Maranda

Trading out of Poverty, Freedom Sunday, Food Justice: 15 – 21 October 2017

Trading Out of Poverty This week, we celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October). A few weeks ago, I (Maranda) had the privilege of visiting Fair Trade producers in Swaziland. Swaziland is a beautiful country, a little larger than Northern Ireland and a little smaller than Wales. It’s landlocked, surrounded largely […]

Case Study: Faringdon Syrian Refugees Group

Faringdon Syrian Refugees Group Faringdon Syrian Refugees Group (FSRG) is an inspiring example of how people from local churches, wanting to do something to help refugees, have been able to organise themselves, gather public support, and contribute to the resettlement of Syrian refugee families in their area. How it began FSRG began in January 2015. […]

Care for Creation, Crisis for Rohingya, Prisons Week, Kenya: 8 to 14 Oct 2017

In this week’s prayer email: Prayer for Creation Crisis for Rohingya Short Notes: Prison Week, Kenya, Keep on … ____________________________________________________________________________ Prayer for Creation The 4th of October was St Francis’ Day, when many churches recall the saint who so beautifully expressed the way Creation reveals – and revels in – God’s love and glory. In […]

Hurricane Maria & Dominica, German General Elections: 24 to 30 September 2017

Hurricane Maria and Dominica Harvey … Irma … the rains flooding East Asia … Maria. Following the impact of hugely destructive tropical cyclones and monsoon rains over the past month has been heartrending, and together with you and others around the world we have been joining in prayer for all those affected. We’re focusing on […]

Consider an electric car …

Electric Cars This is, as Elizabeth notes, a slightly different piece from our usual, not least in that it discusses particular products and services. It’s very hard to discuss electric cars, which are an important part of the move to reduce carbon and hence a topic for prayer, without such references, as people’s questions and […]

Speak Up, Charles Scribner, Cholera in Yemen, Fairtrade Update, Sea Sunday – 2 July 2017

In this week’s email: Speak Up Why I care about the environment: Charles Scribner Cholera in Yemen Fairtrade Update Coming Up: Sea Sunday Jeremiah is the focus of one of this week’s Revised Common Lectionary Old Testament readings. The context is that Jeremiah has been called to prophesy prolonged service to a foreign kingdom when […]

Supporting Refugees Locally, Short Notes: 25 June to 1 July 2017

In this week’s prayer email: Supporting Refugees Locally Short Notes: Grenfell Tower International Widows’ Day Democratic Republic of Congo South Sudan and Uganda Thanksgivings “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.” Matthew 10:29 This week’s Revised Common Lectionary reading from […]

Refugee Week, Grenfell Tower, Queen’s Speech, Refugee Prayer Points – 19 June 2017

In this week’s prayer email: Refugee Week Short Notes: Grenfell Tower, Queen’s Speech, Refugee Prayer Points ____________________________________________________________________________ Refugee Week It’s very appropriate for the Sunday before Refugee Week that the Revised Common Lectionary‘s Old Testament reading is the story of Abraham’s hosting three mysterious strangers, whom Scripture tells us represent a visitation of God. The […]

Pentecost, Environment Sunday, London, Elections, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan

In this week’s prayer email: Pentecost Environment Sunday: Caring for Creation Short Notes: London Attacks, UK Elections, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Afghanistan __________________________________________________________________________ Pentecost We give thanks to God for the gift of the Holy Spirit: Advocate, Spirit of truth, teacher, comforter, renewer of life, source of gifts and prophesy, witness to and glorifier of […]