Faith in Later Life

Across the UK the numbers of older people are growing exponentially, and churches are not exempt. There are now over 11.9 million people aged 65 or over in the UK[1], and whilst people are living for longer, all too often older people are “written off” or simply not valued by Society, with a view that they are no longer able to make a contribution.

But this view isn’t correct. Psalm 92:13-14 tells us: “…they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green”.

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Members empowered by Truth to Power Conference

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Christians on the Left’s first national day conference was without a doubt a storming success. At St John’s Hoxton in North London, over a hundred Christians on the Left supporters met to pray, learn, discuss and worship against a backdrop of seeking to change our political culture.

In the spirit of CotL’s ethos, answering the call of the old testament prophets, the conference was called Truth to Power. This looked like believers, campaigners and those who seek to shape our politics sharing God’s heart for various policy areas in our nation and beyond.

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Speaking Truth to Power in the Education System

Reflections from a non-member... on the Christians on the Left Day Conference.

 

I was sitting quietly during the conference lunch break listening to the vicar of St John's Hoxton practising with his music team, when Louise Davies (CotL's Director) introduced herself to me. I declared I was not a member of Christians on the Left and so she asked the inevitable question "why are you here then?"

 

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Still waiting? Don't just wait: Join the Campaign #5WeeksTooLong

STOP Sign - End the 5 Week WaitFood bank use has been steadily rising, and last year, the Trussell Trust food bank network gave out a record 1.6 million food parcels, a 19% increase on the year before. The key reasons why people needed a food bank this year were income (including from benefits) not covering the cost of living, benefit delays and benefit changes. We therefore know that issues with benefits are overwhelmingly driving the need for food banks.

Read on to hear Sophie's story and campaign to end the wait.

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Putting Faith into Action - Tackling Loneliness

Loneliness is an increasingly hot topic. From the work of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to a Government-funded national campaign launching next month, society is finally alert to the real damage that can be done when people lack social connections or find themselves feeling lonely. For example, loneliness is thought to increase the likelihood of mortality by 26% (see the Campaign to End Loneliness). Of course, campaigns come and go, but the church has been offering solutions to loneliness for decades.

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Morgan Jones: Man of Conscience

A Christian Socialist to remember, Morgan Jones was the first conscientious objector to ever be elected to Parliament.

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Knives on our Streets

Prayer about the violence on our streets

Inspiration from Zechariah 8

"Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets... each with staff in hand because of great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets."  (Zechariah 8:3-4)

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ISDS - The big threat to human rights hidden in our trade deals

You’ve might never have heard of ISDS, but this human rights threat could be inserted into every post-Brexit trade deal and is already a part of many exisiting UK trade deals.

However, let’s take a break from Brexit, just for a moment, and focus our attention onto three recent legal cases. Bear with me.


Cairo, EgyptCase 1: Egypt has developed rapidly in recent years, but despite this, much of its population lives in poverty and workers’ wages are very low. In response to this, the Egyptian government decides to increase the minimum wage. However, the increase angers a French multinational company called Veolia, because they employ low-skilled Egyptian workers and the policy will increase their wage bill. They therefore challenge the policy by taking the government of Egypt to an international court - something which Egypt is forced to cooperate with as part of their commitments to international law.

 

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See. Change. Let's do something that can't be ignored.

See. Change.

On 19 February 2018 Boko Haram kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in the town of Dapchi, southern Yobe State in Nigeria. At the sound of gunshots, one of the girls, Leah Sharibu, ran towards the compound gate – not knowing that this was exactly where the Boko Haram fighters were waiting. Leah was bundled onto a truck and driven away.

Michelle Obama raises awareness of the Chibok schoolgirl's kidnapping in 2014 using the hastag # Bring Back Our Girls on the official FLOTUS Twitter account

The terrorist group Boko Haram was brought to many people's attention for the first time in 2014 when Michelle Obama and other celebrities used #BringBackOurGirls to raise awareness of another kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria. Dapchi and Chibok are both situated in the north-east of Nigeria, bordering Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

 

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Tax Justice: A Growing Movement...

Paul Monaghan writes on the growing involvement and influence of Christians in the tax justice movement

At the Fair Tax Mark, we are delighted to be involved in the increasingly influential Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ).

Last year, we worked together on a number of events, including the first ever Tax Justice Sunday and outreach with Andrew Mitchell MP on the need for who owns companies to be public across both the UK and its overseas territories and crown dependencies.

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