Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A coffee break treat - Rend Collective Experiment - Movements OFFICIAL

I know of folks who are struggling, fighting to hold onto faith, resisting the temptation to fall into despair, or battling with doubts about their futures, their pasts, their identity, their fertility.

Job is recorded as saying, "Even though You slay me, I will trust you O Lord". That's a statement that has intrigued and inspired me at many times. It's a rare and beautiful faith that recognises the cost, the pain, the suffering and yet pushes on to the goal God has for them. For sure, their reward will be great. Elizabeth said to Mary, "Blessed is she who believes that what the Lord says, He will accomplish".

Enjoy this, let it speak to your soul, as you replay it and join in may it be like deep calling out to deep.

I wanna soar with You
Up on wings like eagles
But I'll crawl with You too
When the dark and lonely questions come
I wanna stand true
No matter what's new or comes through
I cant stand still
Whatever hits I'll keep making movements to You

I'm running fast and free to You
Cos You are the movement and fight in me
I'm Running fast and free to You
Cos You are my home 
Where I wanna be
Come move in me
Where I wanna be
Come move in me

(Verse 2)
I wanna float with You
The currents driving me
But I'll paddle hard too 
When the waves and rapids overcome
I wanna stand firm
When my minds weak and my emotions squirm
I must stand true
Whatever hits I'll keep making movements to You


Won't walk away, won't walk away (X3)
Won't walk away, won't walk away 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Casino Concern

Our local authority has been receiving bids to open a new casino in the city. A planning application has been received from Casino 36 Ltd to turn the former Beaches Nightclub on Temple Street into a casino, directly across the road from All Nations Christian Centre. I'm aware that our city centre needs regenerating, but I am concerned that not all regeneration is good for the city. I also think that if we had to have a casino (and the council do seem set on this) then this is in an inappropriate area.

If you're in Wolverhampton, then please would you join with me in expressing concern about this? I invite you to write to Licensing Services,  your local councillor, or to Nick Edwards, Assistant Director for Regeneration (details below).

We want the best for our city. I'm pretty sure this isn't it!

Notes on writing to make your views known

2       When and where to write
BY 27 Nov:                                           OR in the next few weeks to your local councillor and/or:
Licensing Services                       Nick Edwards, Assistant Director for Regeneration
Education and Enterprise
             Wolverhampton City Council
Civic Centre                                          Civic Centre
St Peter’s Square                                 St Peter’s Square
Wolverhampton, WV1 1DA              Wolverhampton, WV1 1DA

3       Some of the concerns:
  • I am concerned that there is a high human cost in encouraging gambling on this scale, which can create or feed addiction
  • There can be devastating effects on an individual and their family when someone gambles beyond their means
  • All Nations Christian Centre has a strong reputation for helping broken families, and people recovering from all kinds of addictions. Placing a casino here is at least unhelpful, at worst destructive.
  • It is a false assumption that it will benefit the local economy, especially when the costs of dealing with family breakdown and medical or law and order consequences are considered.
  • There are better ways of stimulating the local economy which build on the city's reputation for innovative design and skilled work
  • There are other, better uses for a city centre site
  •  If there has to be a casino in the city then it is better situated at the Racecourse where people choose to visit rather than the city centre where there is a high risk of people being attracted into the premises on the spur of the moment and spending money they had not planned to spend, particularly as it is an area of the city where many vulnerable individuals pass through.

4       Background information and other advice
The Council asked the Government in 2008 for permission to award a casino licence in Wolverhampton.  It believes a casino will help with economic regeneration.  In July this year the Council invited expressions of interest: http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/business/licences/gambling/small_casino.htm.
The Evangelical Alliance published some guidance in 2006 at http://www.eauk.org/current-affairs/publications/casino-guidance.cfm .  Although it is a few years old the principles are very sound.