“Weirdly effective unworldiness”: The Spectator magazine on Street Pastors

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 in Interviews, Think about it

We think this fresh and insightful view of Street Pastors in The Spectator is worth sharing. The feature is a response to the announcement by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucester of a £40,000 grant to cover training and resources for local Street Pastors teams.

The reporter goes on to describe a fight calmed with a bag of chips by Stroud Street Pastors.

“The logic of it — overcoming street violence with chips — is typical of street pastors’ weirdly effective unworldliness. They start the evening with a Bible reading and prayer, and claim their work is only possible because others are praying for them. This spirituality makes itself felt not through any ostentatious zeal but rather, I sense, through a feeling that it is entirely natural to be out at 2 a.m. helping people get home.”

The magazine also captures street pastors in a satirical cartoon.


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