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Author Jon Kuhrt

Jon Kuhrt is chief executive of West London Mission and a member of Streatham Baptist Church in South London.

The Daily Telegraph, a daily newspaper in Great Britain, reported recently on the findings of research by the Social Integration Commission (SIC) about the places where people from different backgrounds meet and mix with each other. The article, with the headline, “Churches are the best social melting pots in modern Britain,” says, “Overall, it found that […] Read More

A while ago an atheist friend who also works with homeless people said to me, “My motives are purer than yours. I do this work simply to help people; you do it so you can get into heaven.” I did my best to explain that while I am motivated by my faith, I have never […] Read More

There has been huge growth in social action projects established by churches in the United Kingdom in the last 15 years. The rise of food banks has probably been the most high-profile example, but there has also been a massive increase in church-run night shelters and debt advice services. These newer initiatives have joined well-established […] Read More

A short reflection on BBC’s Radio 2 about how small actions can make a big difference used the example of how significant it was for a young Desmond Tutu to see a white priest remove his hat in courtesy to his mother who was a domestic worker. Growing up under apartheid in South Africa, he […] Read More

The bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard, went with Church of England minister Keith Hebden to deliver a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s constituency office in Witney, about 70 miles northwest of London. The letter, signed by 46 bishops and more than 600 church leaders, called the British government to take urgent action about […] Read More

’12 Years a Slave’

I am still recovering from watching “12 Years a Slave,” just released in the United Kingdom. The film focuses on the tribulations faced by Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a successful New Yorker who is duped, drugged and sold into slavery in the southern states of the U.S. prior to the Civil War. It is a brilliant yet […] Read More

Last Lent I took a break from Facebook, Twitter and blogging. It did me good.  I like to think that I am not addicted to social media, but there is no doubt that checking updates, posting comments and engaging in discussions take up time and mental space. My son’s comment to me a few months ago […] Read More

A few years ago, I was asked to speak at a conference for youth and community workers. The person who had invited me didn’t know me well but had been involved in an online campaign that I had helped start. I soon realized my host was under a misapprehension that I was a lot more well-known […] Read More

We recently had a brilliant weekend in our local community. On a Saturday, nine different congregations worked together to put on a Family Fun Day on Streatham Common in South London. More than 2,000 people came. Then, the next day, a joint “Messy Church” service was held on the same spot to which the whole […] Read More

I was pleased to see that Church Action on Poverty (CAP) and Oxfam’s report “Walking the Breadline: The Scandal of Food Poverty in 21st Century Britain” was the lead story on the front page of the Metro newspaper recently. This report is a stark reminder of the reality of life for more than 500,000 people […] Read More