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November 2, 2019

Repair, Re-use, Re- and Up- cycling?

Repairing, reusing and recycling is regularly in the news, and this month is no exception.

Oxfam are opening a new large out of town department store in Oxford for selling donated items, inspired by an example of a store in Sweden whi...

IBEX’s work takes us across our region, and into encounters with newer ways of engaging with one’s context and the communities in which we are set. One such encounter was with developments initiated by Faithworks Wessex around the south and south east of Dorset, in the...

February 9, 2019

So why do Church and Christians care?

The Church and Christians at large have long agonized over this issue, and engaged in ministries of hospitality for travelers and otherwise homeless people – it was one of the main ministries alongside prayer, of monasteries in the...

February 8, 2019

As a teenager I remember humming along to the one hit wonder song, from the group Buggles (aka the music producer Trevor Horn, the composer Hans Zimmer, and supporting singers), ‘Video killed the Radio Star’ (with a line ‘we can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far..’;  https:...

July 4, 2018

I have just spent 2 weeks walking the border area between the North of England and Scotland, through the largely rural areas that the 84 miles of the Hadrian’s Wall Path traverses. So rural affairs have been on my mind. Not least travel and questions as to what it woul...

March 10, 2018

How To’s: Working with others where God is already found at work, and we can join in and complement our efforts

For Churches and connected groups concerned about Mission and Social Justice the mantra these last few years has been to find out what God is doing out there,...

While thinking about what to do with the IBEX website, Hannah asked me what IBEX stands for, or, in fact, whether it stands for anything. The real answer is that it doesn’t, but then again it does. I have told this story so many times in so many different places that w...

October 2, 2016

We are very pleased to be able to announce that The Revd Tim Clarke will be starting work in the Buckland URC/IBEX post at the beginning of November. The post Tim is leaving to come south is in the London Borough of Sutton at Wallington URC.

Prior to that he also has a...

October 1, 2016

A couple of weekends ago in the Guardian, there was an article about Mental Health and bad employment. I decided at the time I should do something about highlighting the message - that it can often be better for people’s mental health to be unemployed, than to be in p...

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