The Lord commanded the storm

The Lord commanded the storm

This week our Poet Theologian in Virtual Residence, Hannah Stone, considers how the imagery of storms can convey many difficult emotions and upheavals and, with Leeds Church Institute’s recent exhibition ‘Asylum in Art’ in mind, shares a moving poem...
They had no reason to keep me

They had no reason to keep me

Hannah Stone writes “In the last couple of weeks, LCI has provided some marvellous opportunities to engage with creative responses to the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers, first through a zoom launch of the Refugee Realities in Church Art pamphlet (an...
Ethical and legal

Ethical and legal

This week Hannah Stone, our Poet Theologian in Virtual Residence, turns her attention to Ninian Smart’s ‘dimensions’ of religion – ethical and legal, and asks us to watch out for the opportunities to “act on the spirit of the law, and cherish it, being warmed by...
Narrative and mythic

Narrative and mythic

In the context of Leeds being in ‘local lockdown’ our Poet Theologian, Hannah Stone, considers how we can be nourished by the narratives of whatever faith we hold to, knowing that in reading and thinking about them we are sharing in a wider community and...
Leading from behind

Leading from behind

Leeds Citizens and Leeds Church Institute work together to employ a local Community Organiser, Becky Howcroft.  In the third in a series of theological reflections related to the work of Leeds Citizens, Becky considers a Biblical model of leadership and asks whether...
Religion: Experiential and Emotional

Religion: Experiential and Emotional

This week Hannah Stone, our Poet Theologian, is focusing on pilgrimage, as an example of the ‘experiential and emotional’ dimension mentioned by Ninian Smart, though it contains elements of the ritual, material and other aspects of religious practice.   I...