Is political correctness impoverishing or enriching our language?

“That’s so gay” Back in my school days, everything was gay. Science class was gay, bumbags were gay, a chip packet missing a Tazo was gay. Of course, no one says that anymore. In this day and age, it’s frowned upon to use gay in a derogatory way. Or really to mean anything other than homosexual, even if the original meaning of the word was … Continue reading Is political correctness impoverishing or enriching our language?

Sorry, what do you mean?

I’ve been considering whether National Sorry Day would be more or less controversial if we spoke Spanish. There are a couple of ways to say “sorry” in Spanish: Disculpa/Perdóname Literally “Excuse (me)” and “Pardon/Forgive me”. This form conveys an element of fault on the part of the speaker. A sincere apology and plea for forgiveness would use these verb forms. At the same time, perdón and disculpa are sometimes also … Continue reading Sorry, what do you mean?

Reflections on four months on the the field

I can hardly believe it’s already been four months, or one whole third of my mission trip. Though I’m feeling very much settled in Gonzanamá, a number of things have been running through my mind particularly in this last month. 1. Europe. For some reason – possibly random items coming up on my Facebook feed or Christmas approaching, and also comparing this experience with my … Continue reading Reflections on four months on the the field

Breakfast and English

Two important ministry beginnings at the Colegio Técnico Aguapecuario – a government technical college/high school, conveniently located around the corner from where I live. Club de desayuno (breakfast club) This idea is totally a rip-off from the wonderful people at Fusion, with whom I’ve been privileged to work over the last 5-6 years! But everyone thinks it’s fabulous, so I have a good feeling that … Continue reading Breakfast and English

Initial thoughts on (youth) ministry

So I’ve spent the last week just tagging along with C, and being introduced to her contacts here. This is a crucial introductory phase, forming positive relationships with the people here. I didn’t/don’t even want to start planning ministry programmes until after maybe a month. That said, there are so many opportunities. Partly this is because there is such a great need. The handful of … Continue reading Initial thoughts on (youth) ministry