Jasmine is originally from Church of South India, currently working as a Learning and Development officer for the North West Region of the Methodist Church in the UK. Jasmine served as a Tutor of Hebrew Bible at STETS, Salisbury before moved to Manchester. Jasmine worked for the Diocese of Manchester as a World Mission officer and later ordained by the diocese. She has completed her PhD from the University of Manchester on examining the Book of Job from a Dalit Woman’s perspective.
Lent can become a season of personal and societal transformation as people of faith respond to the counter-cultural call from Jesus’ baptism. It challenges us to examine our own attitudes and behaviours, encouraging a shift towards a more compassionate and just way of living.
Just as Jacob’s encounter brought new beginnings and transformation for him, embracing our true identities can lead to a powerful ripple effect within our communities. By cultivating a culture of acceptance, understanding, and celebration of individual uniqueness, we can foster an environment where marginalised voices get uplifted and empowered.
Sin exists in the denial of love and compassion. Where there is justice, there God’s work is seen. It is the absence of love and denial of fellowship with one another that defines sin. Being Christ’s disciple is building a just society by loving one another and creating a safe space for everyone to live in. The Church should be a welcoming place where everyone feels liberated and not judged based on differences or otherness