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Thought for the Week

Each week, a member of the congregation, community or clergy writes on a contemporary topic that resonates with the mission and values of St James’s.

Recent Thoughts for the Week

A voice had begun to sing

In his first blog, St James’s music scholar, Harrison Knights delves into the intersectionality of music, community and creation.

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Change

Sarah Gillett reflects on her journey from a diplomatic career driven by change to a more rooted life focused on societal transformation.

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Support & Assurance

Nick Thasarathar, St James’s Chief Operating Officer reflects from personal experience on the meaning of “Support and Assurance”, the name of St James’s site and support staff team.

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Home for Good

As Home for Good comes to an end (Julia, Dee, Freda, Peter, Claire) reflect on their experience as volunteers and consider what we can do to make a difference

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Stations of the Cross

Head Verger, Chris, takes a practical look at Holy Week and what that means for the St James’s verger team.

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Lucy Winkett

Journeying Through Holy Week

Lucy Winkett invites readers to immerse themselves in the transformative journey of Holy Week, offering a diverse range of services and activities, from contemplative moments to joyful celebrations, to engage with the profound truths of life, suffering, and divine love.

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Artist Unyimeabasi Udoh

Unyimeabasi Udoh talks about their new artwork for St James’s

In this interview, the artist and 2022-23 Royal Academy Starr Fellow Unyimeabasi Udoh talks with Revd Dr Ayla Lepine, Associate Rector of St James’s Piccadilly, about Udoh’s newly commissioned work for the side chapel St James’s. This artwork, Untitled (Altar Piece), will be in the chapel from 18 March until 8 April, across Passiontide, Holy Week and Easter.

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Nourishing Communities

Derrie Shurville, Digital Communications Officer, reflects on the transformative power of street food markets, highlighting the partnership between St James’s Church and Street Foodish.

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Audrey

How Long ‘til LGBT Future Month?

Audrey Sebatindira reflects on the legacy of Pauli Murray, highlighting their struggles and achievements as a transgender civil rights activist.

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Ask the animals and they will teach you

Lucy reflects in Lent on the deep relationships that can be formed between human beings and our other-than-human companions as part of environmental theology.

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Echoes of Incarceration

Lucy Winkett reflects on a poignant concert at St James’s featuring Simon Callow’s moving recitation of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’.

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Why should I be baptised or confirmed?

Lucy Winkett emphasizes the significance of baptism and confirmation as personal yet communal pledges that provide direction and purpose in an ever-changing world.

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Cornerstone

Brian Willetts, Director of Development, discusses the importance of community building, outreach, and fundraising efforts aimed at supporting the restoration of the church and advancing its mission of inclusivity.

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From London to New York and Back Again: A Journey to St Bart’s

Following her trip to St Bart’s in New York, Revd Dr Ayla Lepine the Associate Rector of St James’s reflects on her experiences with the congregation and the developing relationship between the two churches.

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Mariama Ifode-Blease

Walking towards God

Assistant Curate, Mariama Ifode-Blease, reflects on what it means to walk towards God in this season of Epiphany

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St Bart’s, New York: Building Community Together

As she prepares for her trip to St Bart’s in New York, St James’s partner church, Ayla reflects on the meaning of community and Epiphany

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