Laura Haines

Laura is a Christian, a wife, a daughter. She has a BBehavSci and GradDipCouns. She works as an International Student Worker at St Helen's Bishopsgate, London.

All creation is groaning...

There are so many things that are breaking my heart at the moment. So many things in this world are broken and dis-functional, too many to list. One of the things on my mind is that at present, my home state of Tasmania is on fire. Over 133,000 hectares…

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"I can tell you this because I'll never see you again"

Working in a church makes things interesting. My interactions with other people are always coloured by what I do for work. Whenever I meet someone new and we get chatting I sometimes dread the inevitable question 'What do you do?'.…

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'You're so lucky, Jesus died for your sins'...

Photo by Hugues de BUYER-MIMEURE / Unsplash 'You're so lucky, Jesus died for your sins'. It sounds like this might have been said sarcastically, but I promise it wasn't. I recently went to a debate between a Muslim academic, Adnan Rashid, and Christian minister who is the Islamic Specialist for the…

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Made Welcome

Photo by Bernard Hermant / Unsplash A couple of weeks ago I have travelled to and from Australia for the funeral of my Granddad. (Unfortunately only to Melbourne, I was unable to visit Tasmania). I have been reflecting on some of the experiences I have had across the week I was…

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Beneath the Shiny London Exterior: Culture Shock and Homelessness

Photo credit [1] If you know me you'll know that I have recently moved with my husband to work in London. It's a pretty fun city, very busy, always a lot going on, and so many famous landmarks, places and people. But since living here for the last 2 months…

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