Easter Sunday : Youth Workers as Water Carriers – Being familiar, being trusted

Ta to imgbuddy
Ta to imgbuddy

It’s Easter Sunday, a day of intense celebration in the Christian calendar, even if in Greece it’s a week later, replete with fireworks and bonfires. And yet, too, it’s a contradictory moment. Politicians parade promiscuously their supposed beliefs in opportunist attempts to win votes. In the aftermath of the Kenyan tragedy the Archbishop of Canterbury will speak of persecution and martyrdom. Next Sunday in many a Cretan village an effigy of Angela Merkel, this year’s Judas, will be burnt as the congregation files out of church at midnight.

Amidst this chaos and tension I think it’s fitting to draw your attention to this eloquent blog by James Ballantyne, which in linking his youth work to his beliefs brings us down to earth, grounds a sense of what we might hope to be doing in our practice. As an irreconcilable atheist I am moved by this paragraph.

Speaking of being a youth worker, James ponders,

Often we are hidden and unassuming in our communities, and actually deep down we know this is a space we love to be, hidden in the margins, guiding and leading, having conversations – yet all the while young people are led to new places, places where new things become familiar, because we do do the regular, the week by week, listening to the community and its resources, and most of all being familiar in times when young people need someone who can be trusted.  Its a sacred space, a gritty space.

Read in full at

Youthwork: learning from the water carrier

And as I mentioned at our national conference on ‘Faith and Secular Youth Work’ I’ll illustrate my contrariness by listening to Johann Sebastian Bach’s joyous Easter Oratorio, a masterpiece from the wonders of German music and culture. Burning Angela Merkel  misses the mark.


Hope springs eternal. Another World is Possible.

Best wishes to all our followers

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