Author Archives: Mark

About Mark

Mark Waddington is a former BBC broadcaster and producer. He now works for the Diocese of Leeds as Urban Mission Officer. If you would like to get in touch email mark.waddington@leeds.anglican.org

When does geography become a story?

I love maps and am finding renewed value in studying the topography of our local communties. Where we live can have a big infulence on our personal identity and life chances. We grow up in a locality and become branded, as it were, by those associations. Me, I was born in Baildon in Bradford and… Read More »

Dynamic Partneships

Heading off to Manchester for a couple of days to meet with members of the national Social Responsibility Network. SRN is a peer support network for Christian social responsibility practitioners, and many of them work as diocesan officers as I do. They will be passionate about the communities they serve and the positive contribution churches… Read More »

Everyone needs a place …

Everyone needs a place to think. For me it us usually walking on the moor or in the woods. At other times we need to interact with those around us, in which case the office in Leeds is a good place. However, doing admin and getting it done there’s no better place that here.  I… Read More »

Bread Church

This is an image I like. In took it at St Augustine’s in Bradford as The Bread Church was setting up. This is a small congregation made up of local people some of whom don’t have any other connection with the church. There I met Ann Challenger who led the group and has since died.… Read More »

Living differently

We live in an apparently divided and competitive world. Our leaders are vulnerable human beings within a prevailing culture which separates the winners from the losers, the strong from the weak. We build our towers as high as we can. We build so that we can impress our neighbours not in order to serve them;… Read More »

Hope on the Edge – Prayer Our City

Wellsprings Together Bradford and Welfare Reform Impact Bradford are local organisation (or which I’m a part) help inspire and coordinate poverty responses among the faith groups. Twice a year they put on an event called Hope on the Edge at Bradford Cathedral which aims to bring together those working to alleviate poverty and transform communities. On Sunday… Read More »

What makes a flourishing city?

Went to an inspiring evening at Bradford Cathedral last night bringing together a wide representation of people representing the City. Flourishing City asked what it takes for a city to flourish. There were some very influential people there including senior management from the council, church leaders, faith groups and activists. Here are my notes. Jerry… Read More »

Digital Mental Health Checker

The government estimates that one in four people in the UK will suffer from a mental disorder (whatever is meant by that), and that the cost will be £105 billion to the economy. Shockingly 75 per cent of problems will start in young people starting by the age of 18. But is this just about… Read More »

In Search of Welcome

Here’s a little piece about welcome from Charles E. Rice.  In it he talks about everyone’s search for welcome as a search for ‘home’. Even better, he says, is giving welcome. When we offer our fellow pilgrims welcome we find “the welcome we ran home to on cold or lonely nights”, it is “portable, elusive and holy”.  Charles seems to… Read More »