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Inspired conversation with ordinary people.
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Attila was born in Transylvania, Romania (previously Hungary). A self-proclaimed nerd, he’s a software engineer who specialises in accessibility. In the last few years he moved to Dublin and became close friends with our producer (and this episode’s host) Andrew. Spending many years time working creating websites and apps, he’s seen how attitudes and behaviours on the internet have changed throughout the years. He takes us through his thoughts on how we create a culture of decency and care on the World Wide Web from the point of view of content creators and social media users. https://grace-community.church/programme/the-internet-of-good-manners
Behind the Scenes of Power

Behind the Scenes of Power

2021-02-2601:16:11

Journalism and politics with Peter Cardwell Peter grew up in Richhill then got into Oxford which resulted in a career in journalism with the Times, Newsnight and more, alongside Jeremy Paxman, Piers Morgan and David Dimbleby. Journalism opened him up to the world of politics and in the last few years, he got the opportunity to work in the Northern Ireland Office and as a special advisor (SPAD) to the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire – who oversaw the opening of Stormont at the beginning of 2020. He takes us behind the scenes of Stormont and the experiences of working alongside politicians. Surrounded by opinions, he says it’s important to not just know what you believe, but why you believe it. https://grace-community.church/programme/behind-the-scenes-of-power
Outside the Building

Outside the Building

2021-02-1901:00:01

Richhill man Michael moved to Dublin in the early 2000s to work with Christian Aid. During this time he travelled around the globe to places such as Kenya and India, where he was struck by the effects of divisive structures on society. While in Dublin he began to work with the small church-planting initiative Ignite Network and Urban Junction — a youth and community project. The diverse backgrounds their work has attracted has caused them to re-examine what’s important and find real joy in the ​“grey” areas. https://grace-community.church/programme/outside-the-building
Impairment and Humanity

Impairment and Humanity

2021-02-1201:09:17

Church and Mission Co-ordinator at Evangelical Alliance, Donna Jennings’s life changed with the arrival of her son, Micah. Diagnosed with ASD, he forced her to challenge how we approach ​“normal”. As we endeavour to do better in light of culture’s lens what needs to change, in terms of community, relationships, to adjust what we see as normal? Throughout the years, attitude towards disability has been cruel or ignorant. Maybe there’s good intentions, but what if we just need better conversations and openness? Donna’s story has impacted many people. She works with Tio Associates: an organisation that shines a light on intellectual disability. https://grace-community.church/programme/impairment-and-humanity
Life is for Learning

Life is for Learning

2021-02-0551:10

Education and nature chat with Stephen Blevins. Stephen’s has been involved in the education world for many years, having been a teacher, principal and now a school inspector. Recorded on the day when lockdown was extended, including a bit more uncertainty around the schools, he reflects on the impact of COVID on kids and parents and offers a few thoughts of encouragement to use this time wisely. In recent times, Stephen has become a bit of an amateur nature photographer. https://grace-community.church/programme/life-is-for-learning
Village stories with Dr Alan Turtle. A stalwart of the village, and doctor in the Richhill Health Centre for 30 years, he hadn’t always lived there. Now the chairman of the Richhill Village Improvement Committee, he brings us down memory lane but lends his wisdom and experience to the where we’re at today and what his hopes are for the future. https://grace-community.church/programme/past-memories-future-dreams
Living Faith

Living Faith

2019-03-1701:08:40

Even before St Patrick, Christianity existed in Ireland in a simple, community-based form. When we talk about Celtic Christianity, we might have some preconceived ideas. Even today you see short-lived movements and fads labelled as “Celtic”. But, maybe there’s something in how our ancestors lived out their faith that can give us real grounding. Thanks to David Bell and Gareth Bell (no relation) for their passion for this subject. https://grace-community.church/programme/living-faith
Venezuela is back on the news. The former jewel in the crown of Latin America is in the midst of a political and humanitarian crisis. But for a country that is on the brink of cracking, where is the hope for ordinary people? https://grace-community.church/programme/dios-tiene-la-ultima-palabra
More Than A Song

More Than A Song

2019-02-0601:03:14

David Dawson heads up worship at Emmanuel Church. With the praise co-ordinator from Grace Community Church, he discusses what goes on behind the scenes of a worship team. They talk about what worship means to them, how they got into music and what goes into coordinating a team, and where creativity can make an impact. https://grace-community.church/programme/more-than-a-song
Julie Liggett has been counselling for a few years and Lila Gribben is studying counselling. Exploring the world of mental health has opened up some interesting discoveries and sparked hot debates. Together, we look at how the church can do better and how individuals can make a positive difference for people who are suffering. For more articles and resources mentioned in this podcast, head to our Mental Health topic page. https://grace-community.church/programme/finding-a-way-through-together
Realising A Vision

Realising A Vision

2018-10-3101:01:37

Ronnie Dawson (Drop Inn) and Mark Knox (Aspire NI) share their stories. Mark has been focussing on a community, whilst Ronnie has had a global mindset. Are there similarities, despite the different focuses? How do you get people around you? How do you cope in times when everybody else thinks you’re crazy? https://grace-community.church/programme/realising-a-vision
Moving In

Moving In

2018-09-2849:10

Neil Dawson and Neville Garland discuss moving the location of their church; the reasons for it; the challenges and give some advice to church leaders who are considering similar big changes. https://grace-community.church/programme/moving-in
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