For the love of Munros

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I had the extreme privilege of volunteering and working for Christian Aid a few years back, and I was blown away by the life-transforming potential of their work.

To celebrate their 70th anniversary, I’m joining them to climb 70 Munros…. or at least, as many of them as I can!

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Number 1: At the summit of Beinn Ghlas on Saturday

If you can, please give generously to this incredible charity.

On Not Shirking Responsibility

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Sitting down with leaders such as Saddam – or Bashir of Sudan or Gadhafi of Libya – is a responsibility you cannot shirk given what you’re trying to achieve. You need to deal with those who can make a real difference, those who can stop the bloodshed. You have to talk to the leaders, and get them to find a way to end the killing. Otherwise, how do you accomplish it?

[Kofi Annan – Interventions]

Melting Glaciers in Bolivia

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My friends over at Christian Aid Scotland are rounding off their series of investigative films, made in conjunction with the Guardian, with a final documentary on the effects of climate change…

John Vidal reports from La Paz where Bolivians are living with the effects of climate change every day. Their president has called for an urgent 50% cut in emissions – action that is essential for the country’s survival

This event explores why climate change is devastating for the world’s poorest communities and what must be done to limit the effects of climate change.

Join us for a screening of this Guardian films documentary followed by an expert panel discussion and Q&A.

Introducing Poverty Over
Poverty Over is Christian Aid’s powerful manifesto which investigates why the developing world is still poor, and defines what needs to change to help bring an end to poverty.

In partnership, Christian Aid and the Guardian have created a series of investigative documentaries exploring key issues faced by the world’s poorest communities.

Thurs 7 June // 7pm // CCA
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We Are The Plan

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Last Saturday’s Just Generation event inspired and challenged me. Andy Freeman shared some thoughts, along with a few interesting workshops in the afternoon, and a delicious lunch provided by the Elephant Juice Soup Company – if you get a chance you MUST try their haggis & sweet potato soup, I promise you that you will not regret it!

Some thoughts and reflections…

God’s big idea is us. We are the plan.

God never moves backwards, he works with what we’ve made.

Church as foretaste of heaven – could you walk in a say ‘this is what heaven’s like’?

Laugh first an then work out the theology.

Benedictine Rule – treat everyone who comes into our home like Jesus.

Maybe our task is to communicate to the poor, the peacemakers, etc that they are blessed?

Just Generation

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For the last few years, a bunch of development agencies have been running an event called Just Generation. And every year, I somehow miss it… out of the country, or working, or something else…. not this year!

Don’t think you can’t change the world!

Just Generation brings together a generation hungry to see a more just world. Come along for workshops, worship and interactive activities exploring God’s heart for justice and how we can live justly in the 21st century.

The theme for this year’s gathering is Community and we’re very excited that our main speaker will be Andy Freeman. Andy was part of the team that pioneered 24-7 Prayer’s first Boiler Room community &… co-authored Punk Monk. He is now a trainee Pioneer Ordinand with the Church of England and is working with others in the south to support Pioneers and Fresh Expressions in the region. Andy is also involved in Just 247 with the 24-7 Prayer movement and currently working on prayer and writing projects around Child Health issues.

Book now, and I’ll see you there!

Kenyan Flowers, Taxes, & An End To Poverty

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My friends over at Christian Aid are getting ready to screen the third of their fantastic short films, made in partnership with the Guardian, exploring key issues faced by the world’s poorest communities…

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Greater transparency in the international financial system would transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Each year around US$160 billion is diverted away from developing economies through secretive practices and tax avoidance. In addition to this, the structure of the international trade system favours wealthy states and companies at the expense of less economically developed countries.

Since the 1990s, the bulk of flowers and vegetables grown in Kenya are specifically grown for export and Britain has imported significant quantities of both. What is the impact on Kenya of this new industry, and does big business moving into a struggling economy actually help?

At the start of Fair Trade Fortnight, join us for a screening of a documentary film followed by an expert panel discussion and Q&A exploring the issues of trade and tax.

Introducing Poverty Over
Poverty Over is Christian Aid’s powerful manifesto which investigates why the developing world is still poor, and defines what needs to change to help bring an end to poverty.

Tues 28 Feb // 7pm
CCA Glasgow

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Abandon The Knife

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A while back Christian Aid hosted the first of their film screenings, made in conjunction with The Guardian, on pressing global justice issues. This month sees the screening of film number 2…

Abandon The Knife

‘I will never be cut’: Nancy and Gertrude are Kenyan girls about to face a brutal passage to womanhood.

Directed by Sara Nason, this documentary tells the story of two young members of the Pokot community in Kenya, who stood up to family and community to resist the traditional practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM). The film looks at how their actions influenced other young women and their families, changing minds and attitudes about FGM.

Join us for a screening of the documentary film followed by an expert panel discussion and Q&A exploring the issue.

Introducing Poverty Over
Poverty Over is Christian Aid’s powerful manifesto which investigates why the developing world is still poor, and defines what needs to change to help bring an end to poverty. In partnership, Christian Aid and the Guardian have created a series of investigative documentaries exploring key issues faced by the world’s poorest communities.

Tues 29 November, 7pm, CCA Glasgow.
Free Tickets from the CCA Box Office 0141 352 4900.