Simple Acts

‘I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples’ - Mother Teresa

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A Duty of Care? - Housing and Homelessness in 2018

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In January 2016, a homeless woman died in Wolverhampton.

I was particularly affected by this as I work at the sharp end in tackling homelessness, poverty and social injustice. As a result, I found myself praying with a real sense of urgency, a Spirit-led prayer of repentance on behalf of the Church in our city for corporate manslaughter...

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Is change possible? Ex-offenders and Prison Reform in 2018

Helping People to Live Crime-Free

Picture the scene. A man walks into a café in the 1960s. There is an air of frustration and desperation about him. He perches at a table, not really catching anyone’s eye. The café is bustling – it’s a typical day.

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Youthquake: fact or fiction?

In 2017 the Oxford English Dictionary[1] declared "youthquake" to be their word of the year after what was arguably one of the most surprising general elections for quite some time.

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A film for our time?

We continue to be fascinated by Winston Churchill. We face nothing like the same peril as a nation as in 1940, but perhaps we sense something missing from our leaders. A new film sheds some light on why. Christians on the Left was invited to an early showing.

When this country faces times of crisis and opposition, it is usual to hear calls for some ‘Dunkirk spirit’. We still herald that great retreat of 1940, made in the face of considerable odds. It was, as Wellington remarked of the victory at Waterloo, “the nearest run thing”, not just in terms of rescuing British and French soldiers but because the nation was itself was saved. Disaster at Dunkirk would have seen Britain without much of an army and even more vulnerable to invasion. The stakes were considerable and to be a leader at that time was to be under intense pressure.

Christopher Nolan’s film released last year, Dunkirk, focused on the heroism on that beach and at sea. Darkest Hour focuses on what was happening in Whitehall and in particular on the new Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. It stands out amongst the considerable canon of Churchill films.

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Homelessness: Where the Christmas story begins

On the first day of December, millions of people around the world begin a countdown to the day that a seemingly illegitimate child was born homeless to refugee parents. As we look towards Christmas, our member Heather Staff invited her friend Jelena to share her recent 'homeless' experience with us.

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What renewing my driving licence taught me about the housing market.

This week, I had to renew my driving licence. I turn 27 next month and somehow it has been ten years since I excitedly sent off for a green provisional one in time for my 17th birthday. When I went to the post office to update it and the woman asked me which home address I wanted on the new licence, I realised that what seemed like a straightforward question was not in fact quite so easy to answer.

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Bring Back the Three R's - Relationships, Reaching out and Redemption.

In my job with The Salvation Army I have the immense privilege of attending three party conferences and connecting with the key Christian groups in each party. Attending the Labour Party conference in Brighton is a particular joy for me. I am a party member, a Christians on the Left member and I love Brighton. They even have a football team called Albion, but not the real one of course... (I'm a West Brom fan..!)

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Hope For The Future: Syrian Refugee Children At School

Open Doors and Christians on the Left have partnered together at this year’s Labour Conference to discuss hope in the context of the Middle East. What hope is there for a future in Syria and Iraq? What hope for the next generation? Our event will be taking place at 7.30 on Tuesday 26 September at St Paul's Church, West Street, Brighton. Please click here for more details. Zoe Smith, Head of Advocacy, shares some reflections from the Middle East.

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"We Want To Return Home": Noeh's Story From Iraq

Open Doors and Christians on the Left have partnered together at this year’s Labour Conference to discuss hope in the context of the Middle East. What hope is there for a future in Syria and Iraq? What hope for the next generation? Our event will be taking place at 7.30 on Tuesday 26 September at St Paul's Church, West Street, BrightonPlease click here for more details. Zoe Smith, Head of Advocacy, shares some reflections from the Middle East.

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