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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Neighbourhood Prayer Network

Are our MPs responsible for the state of the country? Should local councillors be doing more? What if we want to make a change but we haven’t been selected to represent our area yet? How can we make real change in our community? Is there something else we can do alongside campaigning, activism and social action projects? Something just as, or perhaps more, important?

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What would a just and compassionate welfare state look like?

As a nation we believe in justice, compassion and the power to change our society for the better. Our shared belief in justice demands that we fight to ensure that everyone has access to a basic standard of living. Having enough money to put a roof over your head, and feed and care for your family is the very minimum that everyone should have. But for many this isn’t the case.

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IJM Freedom Sunday: Together Seeking Global Justice & Freedom

Charina in 2019International Justice Mission Logo - IJMCharina was 13 years old when she was first sold for sex. She grew up in poverty in the Philippines and, when her abusive mother forced her to start making money in this way, there was no one to protect her. She endured devastating sexual violence for years.

Exposure to everyday violence is a hidden difference between the world’s richest and poorest.

There are many obvious ways in which the lives of the wealthiest people in the world differ from the poorest, but one significant difference is often overlooked: the wealthy are safe, people in poverty are not.

Here's where we can join the fight.

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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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