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Casa Laura Issue 1 July 2020

If All the World Were Rivers

by Phil Wood Some years ago I worked for the Churches National Housing Coalition. Our logo consisted of a rather stylized cityscape. Our witty architect criticized it on the basis that if it were actually built it would fall down. I’ve always had a liking for maps and charts.  They set my imagination racing over […]

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Casa Laura Issue 1 July 2020

A Christian Response to Deep Adaptation

by Mike Pepler Although I was already well aware of current climate science, reading reading Jem Bendell’s paper on Deep Adaption prompted me to take time out to think about how the current situation and risk of climate/ecosystem collapse fitted in with my faith. I’m writing from the perspective of a privileged white male in […]

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Casa Laura Issue 1 July 2020

What Scope Is There for New Praxis in This Covid-19 Crisis?

Part 1/3 by Ray Leonard These are difficult and dynamic times, as the pandemic sweeps through communities across the globe, killing hundreds of thousands and making millions ill. Domestically, we might feel we’re entering a new phase, but, globally, health systems are still being overwhelmed, state and charitable responses stretched to the limit in a […]

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Casa Laura Issue 1 July 2020

Interview: Grace from Survive Together Leek

by Heather When I knew I’d be moving to Leek, I looked on Facebook for a Covid mutual aid group — having been a volunteer for the one in Sunderland. Survive Together <green heart symbol> Leek looked really active. I spoke to Grace Buckley in July. Here are excerpts from what she said. We weren’t […]

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Casa Laura Issue 1 July 2020

Film Review: “The War on Kids”

by Elsie I am part of a new youth activist group called Radical Restart. Most Sunday nights, we have film nights on Zoom. And the films are really interesting. This time, it was a film about how bad the education system is in the US. It was really interesting. Talking about, mostly, how similar schools […]

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Casa Laura Issue 1 July 2020

Casa Laura Garden Notes

by Elsie The garden, upon moving in, was rather… what’s the right word? Wild. It was a forest and a jungle… let me explain. Along the side of the house, there is a dark and mysterious path leading from the garden to the road. When you walk into the garden one way or another, you […]

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Casa Laura Issue 1 July 2020

St Laura

by Heather Casa Laura is named after St Laura of Colombia (born in 1874), who is Colombia’s first saint. In Catholicism, a saint’s feast day is the anniversary of their death. Laura Montoya died on 21st October 1949, aged 75. The 21st of October happens to be the birthdate of my daughter and the birthdate […]

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Casa Laura Issue 1 July 2020

How the Front Door Came to Be Open

by Phil Wood In 1978 Jim Callaghan was Prime Minister. I escaped to the hills. Perhaps 9 weeks of Mull of Kintyre drove me to it! I came with my cello loving friend, Ian Cree, walking the Peak District; coffee and theology in the Buxton tearooms. I’m a pedestrian, so rarely enthuse about roads. But, […]

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Casa Laura Issue 1 July 2020

Why I Want to Live in a Catholic Worker House

by Elsie Luna (age 11) There is no simple answer. When I was younger, my family and I hosted refugees and asylum seekers, along with people from around Europe for one month each. The experience of having other people, and new people, around is always amazing: you can learn new skills, do stuff with new […]

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Casa Laura Issue 1 July 2020

Becoming a Catholic Worker

by Heather 1996. My own Catholic Worker journey begins in New York City. Working for the AIDS organisation, God’s Love We Deliver, as a volunteer intake assistant. We train up people to take on cooking roles, and phone roles, and delivery roles: the goal being to feed homebound people with AIDS. Simultaneously, I begin a […]