Green Shoots for a Corona Recovery?

Green Shoots for a Corona Recovery?

by Jeremy Brown

It is very difficult to foresee how the dust will settle after the worst of this awful pandemic has passed. We don’t know yet whether it will be more like the Spanish flu of 1918, the US New Deal of 1933, Atlee’s welfare state of 1945, the austerity of 2010, or something completely unprecedented. But we can do our best to at least imagine how things might turn out for the better...

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Covid-19 and World Vision

World Vision and COVID-19

By Amy Johnson, Interim Government Relationship Manager, World Vision UK

I must admit, it’s quite unusual to be working with the Christians on the Left team online. We usually meet in Parliament to chat over a cup of tea about the political news of the day, and to plan how we might advocate for the world’s most vulnerable children together.

But now, I write this to you from the same dining room table which I have sat at for two weeks, with a cup of tea on my own, following the Christians on the Left Twitter feed...

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Praise to those who deserve it?

How sincere is our praise and thanks to the workers of the NHS, transport, food shops and other ‘essential’ services? We should not forget those who have accepted job loss and pay cuts nor those who will have to pick up the tab in the potential future financial crisis.

 

If we genuinely want to give thanks then actions speak louder than words!

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COP26 - The UN comes to the UK this November

COP26

The 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, will be held in Glasgow from 9 to 19 November 2020 under the presidency of the UK government.

COP26 is set to be very significant. It is the deadline year for countries to update their climate plans and determine their Nationally Determined Contributions in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement (where 195 countries agreed to limit global warming to 2°C, and pursue limiting warming to 1.5°C).

For the Paris Agreement to be adhered to, countries will need to commit to stringent policies at COP26 next November – policies which will forge the way for the unprecedented global decarbonisation necessary to prevent the likely global average temperature increase of 3 to 4 degrees.

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Does your Faith make you vulnerable?

From Boko Haram fighters attacking Christian communities in northern Nigeria, to hostility against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and the plight of the Yezidi and Christian communities of northern Iraq – a faith identity can make you extremely vulnerable.

 

Our friend Matthew Rees from Open Doors writes for us in our February guest blog post. Read more...

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Defenders of the Faith?

Have you ever stopped to think about what offends you? I’m not talking about the little irritations of life that we grumble about over coffee after the church service.

I mean the big issues that cause us to speak out and lead us to take direct action.

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Job Share MPs - A Realistic Proposal?

If we have learnt anything over the last few years (in this post referendum era) it must be that our political structures urgently need review. We need change in how we represent the people of the UK and indeed in who should be representing us.

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#RedWednesday - Report launch attended by Christian MPs and government advisors

Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) launched a report on the global persecution of Christians on Wednesday 23rd October in the House of Commons, and called on the UK government to protect Christian communities.

The report provides an up-to-date overview of attacks against Christians, focusing specifically on twelve countries of concern including Iraq, China, North Korea and India.

At the event, attended by over 100 people, Rehman Chishti, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, talked of the need for international partners to work to ensure freedom of religion.

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Getting Stuck In... Our Climate Emergency!

Climate Melting EarthWhat do New York City, the World Council of Churches and the Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation have in common? They are among more than 1,100 institutions globally that have made commitments to divest from fossil fuel companies.

In recent years, the scale of the climate emergency we are facing has become increasingly clear. UN General Secretary António Guterres said last September: ‘Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment. We face a direct existential threat. If we do not change course by 2020, we risk the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.’

The climate emergency, UK Churches and fossil fuel divestment

As Christians, our faith calls us to act on the climate crisis out of love for our neighbours, especially the poor and marginalised. We also have a responsibility to care for God’s creation, a gift that has been entrusted to us.

So, what can we do?

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Care in all places? Dignity at all times.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, old time is still a-flying….[1]

I was fortunate to grow up in small Midlands town where all my Grandparents lived. I received much love from them and learned heaps; in many ways my discussions with my Grandmother about her experiences in the 1930s and 1940s and the foundation of the welfare state, formed my worldview.

How we value the personhood and wisdom and dignity of the elderly is a mark of our Christian faith. As with any aspect of faith and life; there is a lively political debate being played out that bids us to speak into.

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