Archive | May, 2013


30 May

“York Mosque praised for offering EDL protesters tea

A mosque has been praised for serving tea and biscuits to English Defence League supporters after the far-right group arranged a demonstration there.

About six people turned up to protest at the mosque in Bull Lane, York, on Sunday and were invited inside to play football with worshippers.

More than 100 supporters of the mosque had gone there after learning of the planned EDL protest.

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said the mosque’s response was “fantastic”.

He said: “Tea, biscuits, and football are a great and typically Yorkshire combination when it comes to disarming hostile and extremist views.”

‘Proud moment’

Father Tim Jones, who went to the Bull Lane mosque, which is situated in his parish, said: “I’ve always known they were intelligent and compassionate people and I think this has demonstrated the extent to which they are people of courage – certainly physical courage and also a high degree of moral courage.

“I think the world can learn from what happened outside that ramshackle little mosque on Sunday.”

Hull Road ward councillor Neil Barnes said it had been a “proud moment for York”.

He said: “I don’t think I’ll ever forget the day that the York Mosque tackled anger and hatred with peace and warmth – and I won’t forget the sight of a Muslim offering a protester tea and biscuits with absolute sincerity.”

Fears over a demonstration grew after Yorkshire EDL Scarborough Division posted a message on its Facebook page calling for supporters to gather outside the mosque.

Imam Abid Salik said: “We did have a few people who did come to protest but when they came some of the members of the mosque went over and they engaged in a conversation.

“Some people went over with cups of tea and biscuits, they were talking for about 30 or 40 minutes and then they came inside, which was a really, really beautiful thing.””


Educating Donors

30 May

Vinoth Ramachandra

“Give a person a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. So runs a popular traditional adage about economic development.

But poor fishing communities don’t need us to teach them how to fish. They may have much to teach us about more sustainable fishing practices. We are not the ones denuding their lakes and oceans, or polluting them with our refuse. And what if they are unable to fish, not because they lack the skills, but because the fishing rights to their rivers and lakes have been sold by their governments to foreign corporations and governments as a way of servicing the nation’s external debt?

Libraries groan under the weight of academic theses and books analysing poverty and theorising about development. They have provided employment and financial security to economists. They have done precious little for the…

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God will provide.

29 May

Yelena Bosovik

Have you ever received a text, letter or even a note scribbled on a napkin from someone you liked – like giddy almost-loved kind of like?

You know, like when that cute boy texted you and no matter how simple or unromantic the text is, to you it carries all the hidden mysteries of your relationship, so you treasure it by reading it over and over again. You tuck it away in your heart, occasionally taking it out and mulling it over – trying to figure out all the delicate intricacies, hidden innuendoes, and secret promises. The message slips into your mind through out the day and into your dreams at night.

Sometimes (and it should be all the time!) I get that feeling when God makes me a promises – sometimes it’s a Bible verse, other times it’s a song or a phrase – something that God lovingly whispered…

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You Won’t Relent Jesus Culture

27 May


How to make disciples

24 May

How to make disciples


Kindness Boomerang – “One Day”

17 May

De allerlaatste keer Opwekking

17 May

charisma-june-2010Het groter worden van Opwekking heeft ook een keerzijde. De afstand in theologische opvattingen neemt ook toe, wat tijdens de conferentie van 2007 zelfs tot een rel leidt. De leiders van het jongerenprogramma op Opwekking waren namelijk in de ban gekomen van de leider van een Singaporese megakerk, Joseph Prince, die wel heel erg vanuit de evangelische theologie genade predikt. En dat terwijl Opwekking juist ook de ‘traditioneel kerkelijken’ wil aantrekken. Daartoe heeft Opwekking heel bewust de vertrouwde PKN-dominee Ron van der Spoel als een van de hoofdsprekers ingepland.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Gets a Brand Readjustment #FitchTheHomeless

15 May

In the end, it is between you & God anyway

9 May

Yelena Bosovik

Today’s challenge:

Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.

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I love this quote by Mother Teresa – the last few lines are actually on the back of my business card, because it’s the piece of advice I would want to give myself – everyday:

Give the world your best, but don’t limit yourself to other people’s expectations, because in the end, it’s between you and God.

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Day of freedom

5 May


Celebration of freedom in the Netherlands 🙂 But let us do not forget those who do not have this luxury. Yet.