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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

Thought for the Week – Sorry, I’m a bit deaf

Alison Beck shares her personal journey of experiencing partial deafness, emphasizing the importance of recognizing hidden disabilities and advocating for inclusivity in churches.


Thought for the Week – Pearl of Pomegranate

‘Pearl of Pomegranate’: An Interview on Art and Faith with Anusheh Zia for Interfaith Week.


Thought for the Week – Changemakers Programme

Lucy Winkett introduces the Changemakers Programme, an initiative aimed at nurturing young leaders from diverse sectors to drive positive social change, rooted in the church’s values, while highlighting the programme’s core objectives and its launch event featuring prominent speakers.


Thought for the Week – Neurodiversity

Revd Dr Ayla Lepine discusses Disability History Month, their recent ADHD diagnosis, and the importance of welcoming and embracing neurodiversity and disabilities within the St James’s community and society as a whole.


Lucy Winkett

Thought for the Week – Action, prayer, speech

Lucy Winkett reflects on how Christians can respond in times of despair and grief.


Thought for the Week – Redefining Black History Month

Cornell Jackson reflects on the significance of Black History Month for African Americans, delving into his family’s history, the legacy of slavery, the Great Migration.


Thought for the Week – Redemption Roasters

To mark Prisons Week, Ayla, St James’s Associate Rector, interviews two colleagues at the coffee shop in the courtyard, Redemption Roasters, who share their stories.


Thought for the Week – Seeing Cugoano

For Black History Month, Ekow Eshun, curator of Cugoano250, explores the life and legacy of Quobna Ottobah Cugoano, an abolitionist and former enslaved individual in the 18th century, shedding light on his
complex experiences as a Black person in London and how he used his writings to advocate for the abolition of slavery.


Thought for the Week – Revolution part 3: Beyond Commemoration?

Deborah Colvin discusses the Season of Creation, focusing on themes of justice, ecological activism, and the legacy of Quobna Ottobah Cugoano in the context of the church’s role in addressing issues of power, corruption, and environmental crisis.


Thought for the Week – Revolution Part 2 – A Just Economy fit for the Ecozoic?

Penelope Turton asks what Christians in rich countries should be doing about the climate crisis.


Thought for the Week – Revolution Part 1: Land, People and the More-than-Human World

Diane Pacitti explores the historical revolutionary ideas of Gerrard Winstanley and the contemporary relevance of indigenous voices in addressing environmental crises.


Thought for the Week – What really matters?

Beatrice Hillman reflects on her time in Thailand, China and Indonesia.


Thought for the Week – Greenbelt

Joanna Kelly, congregation member and volunteer, shares her experience of attending Greenbelt, an arts, faith and justice festival with a long and rich history.


Thought for the Week – We can stand up now

Sermon preached at St James’s Piccadilly 20 August 2023 at the dedication of the commemorative plaque to Quobna Ottobah Cugoano, by the Rt Revd Dr Rosemarie Mallett.


Revd Natasha Beckles

Thought for the Week – Cugoano’s baptism

The Revd Natasha Beckles reflects on the meaning of Quobna Ottobah Cugoano’s baptism in St James’s for our church today.


Thought for the Week – An Unexpected Journey

Ben Bloom shares his experience of discerning his vocation to ordained ministry.