Reflective Blog

 

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Welcome to the LCCT blog.

 

Members and friends of LCCT are regularly invited to write short reflective pieces on their work, mission, vocation and life in the city. These blog entries are sent out with our regular Project Development News and are recorded here for posterity.

 

Enjoy!...

19th February - Leeds Citizens

Leeds Citizens

 

Leeds Citizens is an alliance of local church congregations and other civil society groups working together for the common good. Through Community Organising, we build relationships across all faiths and campaign for social justice.

18th February- Dementia Friendly Roundhay

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‘Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.’ 1 John 3:18

 

Our focus is the transformation of our local community, enabling people living with dementia to feel safe, valued and able to enjoy continuing their daily activities. Our goal is to encourage and enable all in our community to be dementia aware.

17th February - Leeds Street Pastors

Street Pastors

We were reminded of 2 Cor. 4 v.7 during a prayer time at the start of 2017 and are now aware of how the Lord has kept us going, patrolling the streets of Chapeltown and Harehills despite more than our fair share of illness and problems.

17th February - Leeds Church Institute

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I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.’ Isaiah 49: 15-16

 

Leeds Church Institute supports learning for mission and city engagement. Currently we have a special focus on memory which has got us reflecting together about loss, grief, and how we remember. It has also led us to thinking about history and continuity, and the legacy of our industrial past. And into the present day, thinking of those in Leeds with memory loss, including those with dementia. As a result, LCI is running a programme of podcasts, pilgrimages and performance; articles, comics and images; workshops lectures and discussions on the theme of remembrance, lasting till Easter.

16th February Leeds Dads

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Leeds Dads is a support organisation for fathers in the city. Our objectives are to:

                         1. Run regular free events for fathers and their children

                         2. Support dads with information and signpost to expert help

                         3. Promote our network of fathers for peer support in service of all children in Leeds

15th February - Leeds House of Prayer

agreeLeeds House of Prayer (LeHop) is a cross-denominational initiative, inspired by 24/7 prayer and Ffald-y-Brenin, to promote worship and intercessory prayer for and within the centre of Leeds. We particularly want to pray blessings on the city, with the simple goal of asking God to increase His presence in the city and further His kingdom’s purposes.

14th February (Ash Wednesday) - Pray for Leeds

2nd March Pray for Leeds imageThis year Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day. So we can reflect on the love of God and our love of Leeds.

This is something of the motivation of two movements in our city which don’t seek to control but to connect and encourage.

Gather Leeds aims to foster relationships among people involved in different spheres of Leeds’ life, working for Christians to meet to pray, reflect thoughtfully and seek positive transformation. We are doing this by supporting different groups for those working in health, education, social justice, business, intercultural relationships, arts/media and politics.

We link people of different spheres together to gain a citywide perspective. Over 100 people gathered in Leeds last March and over 1,000 attended Movement Day in London in October.

Breaking dependency and developing assets

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Breaking dependency and developing assets – Principles of an Enabling Community

How can you create an enabling community – where everyone has the opportunity to join in and bring their own experiences and gifts to the table?

Social deprivation, loneliness, a lack of awareness for disability, low-income households – these are all issues affecting people in communities throughout the UK. So how should we respond? Delivering community-focused services do play an essential role in our society – but sometimes taking a service based approach to need, can only go so far. It can create a mind-set of delivery and receipt – rather than participation and change.

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