The Hopeful Activists' Podcast

The Hopeful Activists' Podcast
Joining the dots between faith, hope and action.

Theology and Race: Augustine Tanner-Ihm
Jul 2 • 23 min
Augustine Tanner-Ihm is the winner of this years Theology Slam! Abi celebrates with him and Augustine shares why the theology of race is so vital today and how to recover from abuse and stay passionate for Jesus. The Theology Slam 2020 Final is here:…
Life Changing Work: Chris Gillies
Jun 25 • 24 min
Chris Gillies presents a reflection on redemptive practice in our working lives, whether that’s working for money, or the many other ways that you are using your time. It’s a deep reflection, and we would love to hear your responses to it! Chris Gillies…
Worship and Justice: Lucy Grimble
Jun 10 • 17 min
Abi talks to worship leader and songwriter Lucy Grimble about where justice and worship meet. Lucy has gifted the song “Goliath” written with Mitch Wong to International Justice Mission and you can buy it here: and find out more about…
Rage as the work of love: Dante Stewart
Jun 2 • 24 min
Dante Stewart (Stew) speaks to Abi about the ongoing fight against racism in the United States. 8 days since the death of George Floyd protests against racism and police brutality have spread across the USA and the world. Stew tells Abi about how a…
After Coronavirus: Reshaping the Future
May 21 • 20 min
Abi and Rich discuss the new Tearfund report “The World Rebooted”. The world is on pause for many of us, and we have time to dream and plan with God a brighter future after Covid-19. Tearfund’s work “The World Rebooted” can be found here:…
Contagious Hope: Mick Kane
May 6 • 11 min
Mick Kane, live-in chaplain at Nazarene Theological College in Manchester brings us a deep reflection on lament, hope and creativity. Twitter @mick_k86 @NTC_Manchester Tiktok: mickkane7
Adoption and Fostering: Krish Kandiah
May 1 • 27 min
Hannah and Rich reflect on a powerful interview from Krish Kandiah on fostering and adoption and the challenge that churches need to address. For more information about Home for Good: You can purchase Krish’s books here:…
Ceasefire: Ending the Arms Trade: Alan Storkey
Apr 17 • 17 min
For over 15 years Alan Storkey has been researching disarmament. Abi met Alan at New Wine and they spoke about the folly of war, and how Christians can play a part in ending the arms trade. To sign Alan’s petition about…
Easter Day Special with Natalie Williams
Apr 12 • 11 min
Happy Easter from everyone at The Praxis Centre for Hope and Activism. Natalie Williams from Jubilee Plus and Kings Church in Hastings shows us how mercy is a thread through Jesus’ whole life and how Easter gives us hope that his mission can live on…
Good Friday Special with Natalie Williams
Apr 10 • 12 min
A special episode for Good Friday with Natalie Williams from Jubilee Plus and Kings Church in Hastings. An amazing reflection on God’s mercy, and our invitation to share it. @natwillnatter @jubileeplus Facebook and Insta: /jubileeplus…
Louder Voice: Singing to Empower: Carol Barwick
Apr 2 • 25 min
Carol found her creative streak as a child as a way to process her feelings around her Mum’s mental health struggles. Carol now writes music for her groups for children and adults and sees God at work through her as she brings love and hope to people…
Creativity is a superpower: Bringing change with stories of hope
Mar 20 • 22 min
“Creativity attached to a cause is like a super-power.” Josie Gamble from Christian Creative network is calling on the church to re-embrace creativity and creative people. Colse Leung has used his skills to create Bristol Threads, providing a space to…
Coronavirus Special: Tackling Holiday Hunger with Beth Myring.
Mar 17 • 19 min
If you are looking for ways to support those in need in your community during the Coronavirus outbreak then supporting families with children on free school meals is a great place to start. If schools close in the UK over the next weeks those children…
Coronavirus Special: Krish Kandiah on radical hospitality in the midst of a crisis
Mar 12 • 9 min
As toilet rolls and hand gel disappear from the shelves what should a Christian’s response to the Coronavirus Pandemic be? Krish Kandiah talks to Abi about radical hospitality with a 2nd Century precedent. How do we balance risk with support for the most…
Micah Purnell: Advertising Takeovers and Selling Virtues
Feb 28 • 26 min
Micah Purnell has a love/hate relationship with advertising - admiring the craft of advertisers, but concerned about the impact on society of being saturated with images that negatively impact our self-esteem. He crosses over between art and design making…
Sarah Corbett Episode 2: Social Media, Gifts and Transformation.
Feb 14 • 23 min
Part 2 of our interview with Sarah Corbett, the award-winning campaigner with 30 years’ practical experience as an activist. Sarah found feeling like an “activist robot” exhausting. As an antidote to burnout she found a way to use her creativity to…
Sarah Corbett: Craftivism, Jesus and the art of gentle protest.
Feb 7 • 26 min
Sarah Corbett is an award-winning campaigner with 30 years’ practical experience as an activist. Sarah found the constant pressure to get people to sign up to campaigns, with little real engagement or compassion, exhausting. As an antidote to burnout she…
Ruth Valerio: Climate grief, perseverance and impatience
Jan 10 • 24 min
Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund. She shares the story of how she became an environmentalist, theologian and social activist and gives us some great practical advice on making positive changes and dealing with the…
New Year Reflection: Rich
Jan 3 • 4 min
Rich reflects on the big questions of life: why are we here? What is the purpose of my life? But more importantly how can I be fully, abundantly alive?
Christmas Reflection: Abi
Dec 27, 2019 • 4 min
Abi reflects on being northern, being an extrovert, and the importance of taking time out to be with Jesus.
Marie: From Activist to Refugee
Dec 20, 2019 • 22 min
Separated from her children for 8 years, Marie shares her story of seeking refuge in the UK and the struggle to find her children. It’s a story of resilience and hope, and the power of having a community to support you.
Nick and Donna: Hope from the despair of a gambling addiction
Dec 13, 2019 • 23 min
This episode includes references to suicide attempts and gambling addiction. A gambling addiction put a wrecking ball through Nick’s life, costing him his business, home, his family and his mental health. Nick and Donna share their journey together…
Levi and Paul: From Addict to Disciple
Dec 6, 2019 • 18 min
Last Christmas both Levi and Paul were in prison, this year they are free from addiction and rebuilding their lives and relationships. A real story of hope. For support around addiction please visit:…
Sandra: The Depths of Hope
Nov 29, 2019 • 23 min
This episode contains a description of a violent attack. For the first in our advent series we hear an incredible story of hope from Sandra who suffered a violent attack. “Your circumstances might be completely unique: but whatever your circumstances, God…
Landlord isn’t a dirty word: Cornerstone Partnership: Gavin Mullaley
Nov 22, 2019 • 23 min
“Landlord” is a dirty word, but Gavin Mullaley is putting people first in an industry with a bad reputation. He shares his unlikely inspirations, and why we don’t need as much money as we think we do! Plus find out more about the Praxis Labs from the…
Wedding Angels: Kingdom Business: Jane Sullivan
Nov 15, 2019 • 22 min
Jane Sullivan from Wedding Angels shares how her own difficult upbringing fuelled her passion to help others through a sustainable business.
Liam Jagger: Wisdom for the Road: Empowering others by letting go
Nov 8, 2019 • 20 min
How to stop, let others lead, and embrace the mess (and transformation!) that results, with CEO of the award-winning youth organisation PrimeTime Bradford.
Andy Kind: Wisdom for the Road: Finding your calling
Nov 1, 2019 • 24 min
Comedian and preacher Andy Kind shares his wisdom on finding your calling.
Beyond Brexit: Reconciliation: Luke Stewart and Victoria Mason
Oct 25, 2019 • 20 min
A challenge to think about our attitude to others and how to be builders of reconciliation today from Luke and Victoria, Reconciliation Programme Co-ordinators for The Archbishop of Canterbury. Brexit or no Brexit, how can we listen and truly hear each…
Beyond Brexit: How to Unite Without Compromise: Alex Evans
Oct 18, 2019 • 22 min
Abi goes to a beautiful part of North Yorkshire to meet Alex Evans to talk all things Brexit! How can we move beyond the divisions in society in a new and creative way as people of faith. What is our responsibility in the midst of all the anger and…
Holos Kombucha: Kingdom Business: Tom Partridge
Oct 11, 2019 • 18 min
The first episode of a new series (we will return to next month), on business as a force for good. Abi speaks to Tom Partridge from Holos Kombucha about building a business that has a lasting positive impact. Twitter @holoskombucha Crowdfunder:…
Elaine Storkey: Wisdom for the Road: Faithfulness
Oct 4, 2019 • 18 min
Academic and excellent communicator Elaine Storkey shares some of the wisdom she has gained throughout her life, including in her work with Tearfund. Her theological insights into God’s redemptive plan for us, and how we can live in that power are deep,…
Snowdrop Part 2: Wisdom for the road: Lara Bundock and Rachel Medina
Sep 27, 2019 • 18 min
In the second instalment of the interview with Lara and Rachel we hear how they saw God’s hand through their incredibly difficult journey getting Snowdrop off the ground. Instagram: snowdropproject Twitter: @SnowdropProject…
Snowdrop Part 1: Wisdom for the road: Lara Bundock and Rachel Medina
Sep 20, 2019 • 21 min
The incredible journey of The Snowdrop Project told by founder Lara and Rachel, who was also there from the beginning. The pain and burnout they saw is an experience shared by many activists - their story brings incredible lessons on how to survive and…
Faithful Presence: wisdom for the road: Rose Hudson-Wilkin
Sep 13, 2019 • 17 min
Rose Hudson-Wilkin has been unafraid to go where God called her, even when women weren’t allowed to be ordained. She will become Bishop of Dover in November and is currently Chaplain to the Speaker to the House of Commons, Chaplain to the Queen and…
Going deeper: wisdom for the road: Tony Horsfall
Sep 6, 2019 • 18 min
On the edge of burnout Tony Horsfall went on a silent retreat and God dealt with him a new way. Tony addresses the fear of intimacy with God that we can face, and how to build stillness, silence and solitude into our lives to feed our souls. More…
Joy vs injustice: Wisdom for the Road: Shane Claiborne
Aug 30, 2019 • 18 min
Shane Claiborne talks justice and joy with Abi in Manchester as part of his visit with the Red Letter Christians. George Bush and Trump get a mention, but it’s the “beautiful teaching from Jesus” that steals the show. @shaneclaiborne @RedLetters_UK
The power of being with: relationship at the core: Sam Wells
Aug 9, 2019 • 19 min
Revd Dr Sam Wells brings a dynamic approach to activism in this week’s interview. Using Jesus’ life as a model for our approach. Jesus spent 1 week in Jerusalem working for us, 3 years in Galilee working with us, and then 30 years in Nazareth being with…
Blood, sweat and hope: activism in Zimbabwe: Thobekile
Aug 2, 2019 • 16 min
A hard hitting interview with a Zimbabwean activist this week. Thobekile (we aren’t using her surname) was interviewed by Rich by computer link, and leaves Abi speechless.
A Rocha: climate change gets personal: David Hughes
Jul 26, 2019 • 18 min
David Hughes isn’t your traditional climate change activist; his unusual journey brings into the open the common disconnect between our faith and action - and how there is always hope.
Climate Action: Telling the Truth: Ruth Jarman
Jul 19, 2019 • 18 min
“What does it mean to be a disciple if the normal way of living is trashing what Jesus has made?” We are looking forward to the reactions to this week’s interview. Ruth Jarman on obedience and breaking the law in the face of the climate crisis. Facebook…
Celebrate Recovery: From addiction to action: Jenny Garland
Jul 12, 2019 • 9 min
Addicted to alcohol but in denial Jenny had an invitation to a BBQ at a new church plant on her estate. She met Jesus and her life has been transformed. Jenny is now a leader at a Celebrate Recovery group in Bolton, bringing the hope of lasting change to…
Look Again Artist: Fridges have feelings: Lynda Sterling
Jul 5, 2019 • 15 min
Did you know that fridges have feelings? Lynda uses art to tackle the waste problem in Old Trafford. She shares about how she combines her love of alleyways, shopping trolleys, with her love of community, family and Jesus!
Grace Trust: Jesus in the forgotten places: Nicci Ward and Lizzie Bassford
Jun 28, 2019 • 17 min
Openshaw is one of the most deprived areas of the country, but Nicci describes it as paradise. Lizzie and Nicci share their stories of looking for hope and tackling loneliness in one of Manchester’s forgotten places.
Earthbound Report: skepticism, climate justice and wealth: Jeremy Williams
Jun 21, 2019 • 16 min
The Earthbound Report blog (formerly Make Wealth History) has won many awards for it’s creator Jeremy Williams. He talks to Rich about how his ideas make people bristle, and reaching the point where you have to stand up for change.
Beside Ourselves: Laughter and Activism: Kate Mounce and Eleanor Young
Jun 14, 2019 • 12 min
Contemporary Clowns Kate Mounce and Eleanor Young make Abi laugh in this week’s episode as they share their wisdom on “the teenage sex talk” and laughter as a form of activism.
Writing the future: Storytelling, equality and the art of grace: Athena Stevens
Jun 7, 2019 • 16 min
Athena Stevens tells Abi about creating work that helps people to process trauma, her political work and the practical support she gives to activists so they can thrive. Her words on grace, forgiveness and equality propel us to work for a better world by…
Creators of Peace: Radical Peace Building: Kate Monkhouse
May 31, 2019 • 13 min
The amazing Kate Monkhouse (executive officer at Creators of Peace) shares her wisdom on activism and spirituality. Her work of radical peace building with women has taken her around the world, including to Syria, Australia, Nepal and Burundi.
God Loves Women: spreadsheets and speaking out: Natalie Collins
May 24, 2019 • 17 min
Hold on to your hats as Natalie Collins talks about effecting change in the church and obedience to God. She says “we don’t need too many of me”, but we disagree! Also Abi and Rich have a slightly awkward conversation involving periods.…
Restoration Story: the gardener is back in the garden: Jack Wakefield
May 17, 2019 • 14 min
Jack Wakefield shares his passion for and the theology behind his action on climate care. And Abi gets stressed out by some orange peel.
Saturday Gathering: Every day I see miracles: Linda Maslen
May 8, 2019 • 18 min
Linda Maslen radiates hope in her stories of healing and new life. She founded Saturday Gathering in Halifax, a church that welcomes people living on the margins and sees amazing transformation in people’s lives. Linda was licenced this week as leader of…
Street Angels: Action in the Wild West of Yorkshire.
May 1, 2019 • 16 min
For our first episode we speak to Paul Blakey about seeing dramatic change in Halifax’s night life, once described as the Wild West of Yorkshire.