Author Archives: Alan Yates

Windrush 70

One of the final acts as GA Moderators for myself and Kevin is likely to be as your representative at the Windrush 70th anniversary celebration at Westminster Abbey on the 22nd June 2018.

The SS Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury docks on 22nd June 1948 carrying passengers from the Caribbean. They were invited by Britain to assist with post-war reconstruction. The Windrush 70th Anniversary celebrates the pioneering Windrush generation that came to Britain to help us.

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London’s high murder rate

Recently there has been a lot of focus on stabbings and shootings in London, not least in the press.  It has been reported that the murder rate in London is higher than New York (and while this may have been true for that month it was not true for the previous year taken as a whole).  The fact that New York has three times as many murders as London does not make our situation any less palatable.   This is a serious situation which needs addressing. Continue reading

Mission Council – Mission Possible!

Kevin and I have just surfaced from our last Mission Council as General Assembly Moderators.  The next time we attend in November we will be ‘has beens’ (or as the church politely calls us Immediate Past Moderators)!

This Mission Council is the last one before the 2018 General Assembly, and as such we were refining a number of papers and honing the resolutions in order to try to smooth their passage through General Assembly; and now the General Secretary and the Assembly Committees are putting the final touches to the papers that will end up in the Book of Reports.

This was a poignant meeting for us as it signals our term as GA Moderators is drawing to a close.  But it was also for a number of other people.  As some Assembly posts naturally come to an end at each Assembly the list of people for whom this was their last Mission Council was humbling – you know who you are … and thanks for your years of dedicated service.

Alan and I have just surfaced from our last Mission Council as General Assembly Moderators. And if you think you have just read that already, no, you haven’t as it is now Kevin writing so it’s the other way round! But how much the other way round? Continue reading