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Our First Lady

Rev Kate Coleman has become Britain’s first, black female president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, an appointment that knocked her for six. She told Soul Stirrings: “I was incredibly surprised. It wouldn’t be too fine a point to say that I was shocked! Being the first black woman president of the Baptist Union […]

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BUGB   Interview on Church and Race

Can you describe your experiences of growing up as Black, female and African in Britain?  Were there any instances of racism that left a significant impression on you? My experience of growing up as Black, female and African in Britain has been a mixture of privilege and utter despair.  Privilege because I was raised in […]

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Leading Inside-Out

The character of church leaders is under scrutiny today, as never before.  For members belonging to small communities, who a leader claims to be, is at least as important as what a leader says or does.   Indeed, the moral authority of any leader to influence the lives of others for Jesus sake, regardless of […]

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Size isn’t everything!

Mission in the UK is either in dire straits or remarkably healthy depending on who is being asked, which ethnic group is the subject, the subculture reflected upon and the generation under consideration.  Whether the UK Church is growing or in decline, is not an easy question to answer.  Most surveys only use the rubric […]

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This Season’s Black

Within fashion circles black is considered the colour with a classic and timeless quality about it.  While accessories change, the baseline (and I use this term deliberately) remains the same.  Like fashion, however, ‘this season’s black’ can also vary.  For example in 2004, the ‘must have’ colours were various shades of cream, green, orange and […]

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Reading the Bible(?)

I have to confess that I was shocked when I first heard the figures, I knew that things were bad but this was so much worse!  According to a Bible Society report only 16% of regular churchgoers in England and Wales read the Bible on a daily basis and 33% don’t read the Bible at […]

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Exceptions that make the rules?

I have always felt a little bit uncomfortable about being thought of as something of an exception (this is different to being thought of as unique).  In my mind exceptions never fare very well.  They tend to be sacrificed to the ideal, die young, face insurmountable odds, struggle to be understood and perhaps worst of […]

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