Chris Herries 1947 - 2020

We were all shocked to hear of the sudden death of Chris Herries at her home in Norwich during August. She was the Chair of the Co-operative Party and a life member of Christians on the Left – even though she believed that we should have continued as the Christian Socialist Movement.

Chris was always so full of life and enthusiasm we all thought she would go on forever. Even on her very last day she was busy posting on social media.

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Is Coronavirus the disease of racism?

What has been the most defining moment of the last six months for you?

Perhaps it is the recollection of sitting on your sofa in March watching the recorded message from the Prime Minister informing us that we should remain inside our houses unless absolutely necessary. Or maybe it was those community-defining moments at 8pm on Thursday evenings where we took our pots, pans, applause and gratitude to our incredible NHS and frontline workers onto our doorsteps. Or perhaps it was the arrival of the square cuttings of fabric that now cover our mouths and noses, some patterned, others more pragmatic; previously uncommon but now widespread. Whatever sticks out in your mind, it is fair to say there are many contenders.

But within the pandemic of the last six months, we have also seen growing attention and indignation about the existence of another pandemic that has been enduring and widespread for much longer...

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Faith in the Union?

Christian Socialists have a fine tradition of campaigning for social justice: but not just in the political sphere through affiliation to the Labour Party. We need to remember our history. From the Tolpuddle Martyrs to the Burston school strike, Christian Socialists were always at the heart of any struggle for fairness at work.

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Jubilee Debt Campaign LogoJuly 2020: An update from our friends at the Jubilee Debt Campaign

In April Christians on the Left joined over 250 other civil society organisations in signing a statement calling for debt cancellation to help countries in the global south respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Because of pressure from civil society and a huge public outcry, we were able to secure a commitment of up to $12 billion worth of debt service suspension from the G20. This is excellent, but doesn’t go nearly far enough.

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Don’t forget Brexit: Three priorities for trade justice in the coming months.

ticking clockAmidst a health pandemic, economic crisis and global protests against racism, it is easy to forget about Brexit. In fact, we might want to forget about Brexit. But as of today we are six months into the eleven-month Brexit transition period:- and the clock is ticking to find a deal with the EU.

Find three crucial factors below and take action - thanks to CotL member David Lawrence who works for TJM for writing for us and condensing a huge subject into such an easy to understand 3-minute read!

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LOCKED CHURCHES: What can we learn from the experience of persecuted Christians?

SAT-7 is a Christian satellite TV network that has been serving viewers in the Middle East and North Africa for almost 25 years. Many have never been able to attend a church: what can they teach us?

For UK Christians, the suspension of normal church life because of the coronavirus pandemic has come as a shock. This is also true across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where lockdowns and curfews are in place in various forms...

Video update on the coronavirus by Rita El-Moiunayer, International Chief Executive of SAT-7

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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.

Glasgow Conference Centre

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