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About timjdavy

I teach and research on Bible and Mission at Redcliffe College and lead the 'Bible and Mission' and 'Scripture Engagement' streams of our MA in Contemporary Missiology. I am the Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Mission, and also lead Redcliffe's 'Fostering, Adoption and the Church' research project, .

Article on two biblical stories of displaced and vulnerable children

Redcliffe’s mission journal, Encounters, was relaunched earlier this year and focused on the topic of hospitality. My contribution was an article comparing and contrasting the biblical stories of two vulnerable and displaced children. Here are the details and an extract … Continue reading

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Ethics in Brief on unaccompanied refugee children

The Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics have just published an issue of ‘Ethics in Brief’ that I have co-written with Mark Walley, who runs Home for Good‘s unaccompanied minors project alongside establishing its political advocacy work. The title is ‘Unaccompanied … Continue reading

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Job opportunities with Home for Good

A slightly unusual blog post but I wanted to highlight a number of opportunities that are currently available to join the awesome team at Home for Good. They are doing such valuable work in advocacy and engaging the UK church with … Continue reading

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Churches as supportive communities – how Easter confronts us

How can churches become the kind of supportive, loving communities that are so needed by many who have fostered or adopted? How do we ensure we provide a place of hope and support when people feel isolated and overwhelmed? In … Continue reading

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5 things to think about when preaching on adoption

This Sunday is ‘Adoption Sunday’ in the UK, which offers a chance for churches to have focused time to consider our adoption by God and also the needs of vulnerable children in the UK. Do visit Home for Good’s website … Continue reading

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What happens when you google, “theology of fostering”?

This morning I googled the phrase, “theology of fostering”. The results page returned the following hits: 7 adverts for fostering agencies/recruitment 5 links to sources that use fostering as a verb to develop something (e.g., ‘A theology of fostering ecclesial … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the ‘Holy Family’ this advent

A guest post by Dr Grace Milton I suspect that the events we retell and celebrate during advent were not how Mary and Joseph expected their first child to come into the world. Aside from the social stigma attached (Matthew … Continue reading

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What is marriage for and what has this got to do with fostering and adoption?

I was reminded recently of something the preacher said at our wedding, which now strikes me as deeply relevant when considering issues concerning vulnerable children, fostering, adoption and the Church. He quoted from a letter written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, written from … Continue reading

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Five reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church – part 5

Reason five: Because, at our best, it is what we have always done To look after vulnerable children is, for the Church, to continue what we have always done when we are at our best. Reflecting on the rise of … Continue reading

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Five reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church – part 4

Reason four: Because it explains, expresses and celebrates who we are The apostle John famously declared that ‘We love because he first loved us.’ (1 John 4:19) What better way to demonstrate the love we have received from God than … Continue reading

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