Inclusive Hope

9.jpgCotL member Caroline Walsh gives her thoughts on the Guardian article 'Disabled people are to be warehoused, we should be livid' stating 'I want to live in my community and play an active role. Not in an institution.'

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I genuinely try and live in expectant hope and entrust in God. 

However, I have been shaken since 2010, and most especially in the last year with the Brexit Vote and the election of a World Leader who opening mocks the disabled (and denies it). A leader who has potentially such a negative impact on disabled rights through his international influence that I regularly have visions of Dickensian London and poor houses (and those are the less dark visions I have).

So, reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/ has done nothing to lighten the mood, quash the fear or fill me with expectant hope. Quite the opposite.

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The Politics of 2016: How Should Christians Respond?

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Remembrance: Praying For Peace in the Face of War

By Matthew Judson

This weekend, millions of people across Britain will come to a stand-still in remembrance of soldiers from our country who died fighting on our behalf. Every year, it is a powerful and emotionally charged moment, and it is right that we remember. However, it is also a sobering time of year because of the many uncomfortable questions it raises about national identity, patriotism, and how to respond to modern-day wars.

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What the Labour Party can learn about unity from Christian ecumenism

Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby laughRecently, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis met in Rome to discuss and pray for closer ties between the Anglican communion and the Roman Catholic Church. I was on retreat in Rome with an ecumenical group of young Christians who had the privilege of joining the Archbishop and the Pope for a joint Anglican and Catholic vespers service. It was extraordinary and incredibly moving. As a Christian in the Labour party, I thought it would be useful to consider how ecumenism might offer a way forward in working through divisions in the party.
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Bombings and blasphemy laws: standing with the persecuted.

Release International

In 2009 a Christian woman in Pakistan was accused of blasphemy after getting into an argument with fellow farm workers. As a result she has been on death row for six years, separated from her husband and young children, unsure whether her appeal will succeed in court or whether ultimately she will be executed. And even if she is cleared on appeal she may still be vulnerable to extrajudicial killing. There is a price on her head and her family are in hiding.

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Hope for the Middle East - Supporting the Persecuted Church

Open_Doors_logo.pngOpen Doors is delighted to be partnering with Christians on the Left at the Labour Party Conference this year. We’ll be sharing our new seven-year global campaign, Hope for the Middle East, which serves to equip people to support, pray and advocate for Christians and other minorities in Syria and Iraq.

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Post Liberalism and The Future of Western Politics

The Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primaries are harbingers of a tectonic shift in Western politics.

Mainstream parties have converged in the centre while anti-establishment parties tend to combine a far-right stance on questions of identity and immigration with left-wing statism on welfare and the economy. This reordering of politics cannot be mapped according to the old opposition of left versus right because both are part of the same liberal logic that is now in question

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Faith and the Future of Labour

On Tuesday 6 September, Christians on the Left co-hosted an event 'Faith and the Future of the Labour Party', bringing together representatives from faith communities supporting Labour as well as leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. The following text is a transcript of the speech made by Njoki Mahiaini, a committed member of our executive and our speaker on stage. See her introducing the live stream of the event here.

Njoki speaks to a packed and attentive audience

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Brexit and 'Generation Z': Engaging the Next Generation

teenagers_cropped.jpgAli's work with the youth of her church has given her an insight into the rise of political engagement in teenagers during and since EU Referendum. She hopes this is a trend that will long continue - but how can we best maintain their interest after the Brexit fall-out dies down?

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Sharing passion, disagreeing well

There is no doubt that passion has returned to politics. There has been a lot to get passionate about. The referendum on European Union membership and the Labour leadership election are only the latest examples. In the past couple of years, the United Kingdom has seen Scotland hold an intensely debated referendum on its future and elected a Conservative government at a general election.

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