The July/August Big Issue Blog: empowering women through microfinance

Emmy Ronoh, from the Diocese of Kericho in Kenya, recently visited our offices at Mary Sumner House where she talked to Sophia Jones, Mothers’ Union’s Senior Communications Manager, about her work and the positive difference that savings and loans are having on the communi
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The July/August Big Issue Blog: preaching like a woman

In my PhD research, several young Christian women studying at university shared with me how significant they found sermons in how they understood and lived out their faith. Author Elisabeth Smith found that ‘people in the pew are in some sense preparing to speak the message of the ser
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The July/August Big Issue Blog: Women in the Bible

How many women in the Bible can you name? How many sermons have you heard that emphasised the role of a biblical woman? And are there any women in the Bible that you would recommend as a role model of faith to, say, a teenage girl, a young widow, a woman at menopause, or a woman who h
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The May/June Big Issue Blog: How do they do it?

The Dutch have the lowest teen pregnancy rate in Europe. In 2011 Mothers’ Union parenting facilitators from Warwickshire joined a research trip to the Netherlands to find out what we can learn from them. Most of us will be aware that the Netherlands has a relaxed attitude to soft drug
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The May/June Big Issue Blog: SRE – the need for moral red lights

In March 2017 the Commons discussed New Clause 15, which will make Relationships Education statutory in all primary schools and RSE statutory in all secondary schools, regardless of their status or designation. Steve McCabe MP accused the government of being well-intentioned, but conf
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The March/April Big Issue Blog: A Prayer

Lord Jesus, as a child, you fled from persecution; You have lived the fear, desperation, hunger, cold, and isolation that being a refugee brings. Bring comfort and peace of heart, Lord, to all those risking their lives to seek safety, protect and guide their journeys, Lord. “Faith, ho
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The March/April Big Issue Blog: A Poem

What will you give up? Home, safety, children, friends and All you knew and loved? Risking life and limb Crowded craft, journey through snow, Hope of better life. Detention centre, Passport queues: is it worth it? Lenten “discipline.” What’s Lent anyway? I thought Ea
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The January/February Big Issue Blog: A Poem

Following several conversations with a work colleague who was a Christian I came to embrace the Christian Faith by way of making a New Year’s resolution in January 1975. Sadly, this led to an irrevocable break down of my marriage and subsequent divorce in 1976.  I moved out of the fam
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The January/February Big Issue Blog: A Personal Experience

I was desperately lonely following a divorce some 40 years ago. I was employed in a hotel bar at the time and so had to work long and unsociable hours while watching people having fun and socialising. For me I knew I had to tackle this in the place it was most acute, alone in my bedsi
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“My family was torn apart by abuse”

When she heard about Mothers’ Union’s active campaigning against gender-based violence, and learnt through local members about the international awareness every autumn 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, Mary* contacted Mothers’ Union to ask how she could help with the
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