Church Life, Handcrafting, Social Action

The price of a coffee


Today, in the Salvation Army we observe Human Trafficking Sunday. It's a day when, as a whole church we talk about and pray about human trafficking. It's one of those difficult Sundays for me, with all my openness about homelessness and poverty, there are still some things I don't talk about. I sit through these… Continue reading The price of a coffee

Church Life, Social Action

The Poverty of Self Worth


I've just come home from one of the most frustrating evenings. I've been in London for the launch of the Joseph Rountree Foundation strategy for solving poverty in the UK. An important event which I urge you to search the hashtag #solveukpoverty and find the video of the event. At 4pm we (20 of us)… Continue reading The Poverty of Self Worth

Church Life, Social Action

Communicating Poverty


This is a post I have written for the Leeds Poverty Truth commission, which I post here for others to read and ponder.  Over the past seven years I've gone from being hospitalised every couple months to getting a place at University. I didn't do it alone and although it was hard work it also… Continue reading Communicating Poverty

Church Life, Free Makes, Social Action, Textile Stories

Artwork is Work


This morning I received an email Hello Joy,  This morning during Social Services prayers I took the opportunity to ask my colleagues to judge the entries in the logo competition.  I am delighted to be able to let you know that one of your designs has been chosen and will be the logo for the… Continue reading Artwork is Work

Church Life, Handcrafting, Social Action, Textile Stories

Of the Cloth – A meeting with the Reverend


My first impressions, when I think about the Anglican Church and cloth is one of extravagance.  I imagine gold worked embroidered headwear, lavishly designed altar cloths and endless men in long dresses. I realise, I know little about the Anglican Church. So with my perceived image of the church I went to visit the Revd… Continue reading Of the Cloth – A meeting with the Reverend

reviews, Textile Stories

On being Shoddy


shoddy adjective: shoddy; comparative adjective: shoddier; superlative adjective: shoddiest 1. badly made or done. synonyms: poor-quality, inferior, second-rate, third-rate, low-grade, cheap, cheapjack, tawdry, rubbishy, trashy, gimcrack, jerry-built, crude, tinny, tacky, tatty, junky, ropy, duff, rubbish, grotty, careless, slapdash, sloppy, slipshod, scrappy, untidy, messy, hasty, hurried, negligent, lacking moral principle, sordid "we're not paying good money for… Continue reading On being Shoddy