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Unearthing hope, seeking justice - Reform Magazine

Unearthing hope, seeking justice

Roo Stewart reflects on how hope and justice-seeking go hand in hand

For Christians, the resurrection of Jesus is a living hope that sustains us through the darkest of times and emboldens us to pray and work for a future that better reflects the world God intends. But how brightly can that hope shine in the storms of politics, pandemics and poverty?

Some would say that the local church is the hope of the world. The Apostle Paul emphasised the marriage of Jesus and his Bride (the Church): ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’. Hope has helped Christians endure dark times; but far more than wishful thinking, hope is a force: the ‘mass’ of the Church times the ‘acceleration’ of the Holy Spirit, to misuse Newton’s second law. It is a force that moves us to seek justice….

Roo Stewart is Project Support Officer for the URC’s Church and Society Team and a member of the Joint Public Issues Team. To book your place at ‘From the ground up’, or to find out more, visit


This is an extract from an article published in the April 2022 edition of Reform

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