Disagreeing Well: A Lesson from John Wesley

"One day, after Whitefield's [death], John Wesley was timidly approached by one of the godly band of Christian sisters who had been brought under his influences and who loved both Whitefield and himself:

"' Dear Mr. Wesley, may I ask you a question?'

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Pro-Life for All of Life?

Christian on the Left member and former parliamentary candidate Rachel Burgin on what it means to be genuinely 'pro-life' across all public policy areas.

The apocalyptic images of Grenfell Tower roaring with flames will be seared on our hearts forever. A residential block of hundreds of people – men, women, children, old, young, Africa, Asian, European, British – asleep in their beds, woken up by smoke, panicked phone calls to the emergency services and loved ones, instructed to stay in their flats but many jumping from buildings in a last-ditch attempt at survival.

An avoidable catastrophe resulting from many countless decisions made in parliament, council chambers and committee rooms. A sobering reminder that even the most seemingly mundane policy area can have life and death consequences.

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Abortion and Devolution

Heather Wilson, a Christian on the Left from Northern Ireland, discusses abortion legislation in the context of devolution.

Last week the UK Government, alongside the devolved Scottish and Welsh assemblies passed legislation that would allow women traveling from Northern Ireland for terminations to receive them freely under the NHS. Presently, Northern Ireland is the only region of the UK that generally speaking does not permit abortions, except under circumstances where the woman’s life is at risk.

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The BMA and Decriminalisation of Abortion

Dr Rachael Pickering, a British GP working internationally, shares her thoughts on the BMA's recent adoption of a controversial measure calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in the UK.

Last week saw the annual highlight of the UK’s medical political world: the doctors’ professional organisation, the British Medical Association’s Annual Representative Meeting (BMA ARM) convened in Bournemouth for representatives to debate motions and vote in new policy.

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Whose Justice?

Christians on the Left executive member Heather Staff explores issues around justice, love and compassion in the abortion debate.

‘Love is something you do, and it’s bringing justice to other people. You can’t say “I love you” if you don’t work for justice on that person’s behalf. ‘Tony Campolo, 2013

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Let's talk about... Something else?

As those who spend their lives trying to do God and do politics will know, it is often an uncomfortable place to be. It makes you doubly unpopular at dinner parties, for a start...

 

 

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Building bridges between faith groups and Labour

In church recently I met someone who runs a food bank. He talked to me about how his service helped people from many different backgrounds who have become stuck in a poverty trap. Some need short term support to get them through a difficult period, while others are permanently stuck. I was struck by the commitment of this gentleman to help others and of his conviction that our society should not be organised this way.

It is a familiar story to any churchgoer. Churches across the country contain many similarly motivated people. They are driven by their Christian conviction that all are created equally and that everyone therefore has equal worth. Working in food banks, helping the homeless, giving shelter to refugees, fighting famine and poverty abroad, and in many other ways, church members are working for the most disadvantaged in society. Moreover, with at least one church in every town and village, this work is happening and being supported across the country.

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What Should We Pray For?

frustrationPolitics and the world today can seem confusing. We can feel trapped by the ‘paralysis of analysis’ – not knowing what to pray for – so we simply stop praying. There are so many things on our radars that spark complex emotions, and a feeling of ‘Can I even pray for that, ask that question or feel that anger?’ can sometimes cloud our ability to know where to begin.

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The Non-Conformist Origins of Christian Socialism in Britain

In the first of a two-part series, Christians on the Left member Andrew Chandler discusses the origins of Christian Socialism in Britain.

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Let's pray for our Education System

In his 1942 book ‘Christianity and Social Order’, William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1942-1944, Labour Party member, social reformer and school friend of R. H. Tawney, wrote that:

“Every child should have the opportunity of an education till years of maturity, so planned as to allow for his peculiar aptitudes and make possible their full development. This education should be inspired by faith in God and find its focus in worship.”

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