Author Archives: peteswhite

Punched in the Face with Happiness

Bring back Borstal? Seriously? Surely no one in their right mind would want to bring back that discredited regime that was brutal, oppressive and even abusive before it was finally shut down. I have to admit my prejudice may be … Continue reading

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Lost Christmas, Lost Church?

Have you ever wondered why we do all those carol services at Christmas? Why do clergy and others run themselves ragged in the weeks and days before Christmas Day putting on services for all those different people? And who are … Continue reading

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17 years old but they’re still children

It’s unusual for me to be suggesting that young people should be treated like children. My youth work practice is normally built around advocating for and giving greater responsibility to young people, on enabling participation in decision-making and empowering young … Continue reading

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Zorbing Church

Do you ever ask yourself, ‘What’s this church thing all about?’ After a weekend with little sleep and constant activity I’m exhausted but exhilarated, recovering but rejoicing and while some muscles ache, I’m energised to keep going. Many of you … Continue reading

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Don’t make them a cause, Give them a cause…

So said Joshua Jost at yesterday’s Youth Work Summit and it seemed to crystalise my thinking after a day and a half of seminars and presentations. The summit works on the TED talks format and features many speakers given 10 … Continue reading

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Everything Changed…

‘There was a violent earthquake for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it’ So Matthew begins his account of the resurrection of Jesus. In the same … Continue reading

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Youth Work – for now or forever?

I was taken a bit by surprise recently when a younger colleague asked me if  I had intended to make youth work a long term career when I first started out it. I had to stop  and think ( it … Continue reading

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