Fossil-Free Faith

rising-sea-level1.jpgChristian environmentalist Jonny Hanson encourages the Irish churches to tackle climate change by divesting their pensions and other investments from fossil-fuels. Queens University Belfast are also hosting a panel discussion at the end of February, see here.

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What would I change

Joan Smith who has been a member of the labour party and CotL/CSM most of her life, took the time to share with us her brief thoughts on the government and also the Labour party. 

I became a member of what was then the Christian Socialist Movement long ago, almost as long as I have been eligible to vote - and I am 91!  It more or less coincided with my membership of the Labour Party.  

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Vision

Alan Doel comments on income, employment and asks how do we prevent a 'hard landing' 
No one else is going to say it, so we Christians must, because it is true and it needs to be handled to prevent a 'hard landing'.
'It' is the fact we are paying ourselves too much. Why else are we borrowing every month? We are not specially investing, it's just for housekeeping. We need to get real, realize that there are huge numbers of educated, aspiring middle class young people in other parts of the world, doing the same jobs as we are at a third of the salary. So our way is unsustainable. Unpalatable news, and not stuff to sell on doorsteps, or be welcomed at policy meetings, but that doesn't stop it happening.  Those who have seen their jobs go elsewhere, will understand; and so will others recently made redundant, who are finding few jobs equivalent to the one they had; and steel industry people too. 

Giving the warning will make us unpopular, even if tempered with telling how it should be handled to provide a 'soft landing', but does anyone think events will not vindicate us?
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COTL seems to fit

Member William Anderson shares his thoughts on COTL. This blog first appeared on Williams website http://the-political-will.co.uk/ January 20 2016

Christians On The Left... This is the only political organization that I am a paid up member of. In Britain it is affiliated to the labour party. In Northern Ireland it has no affiliations.

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Turkey and the war in Syria

Syrian_kurds.jpgBob Glaberson takes a look at the war in Syria and questions the role of Turkey in the region. 

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Do you know the language

images.jpgDecember a time to be festive and a time to learn the language of AGMs. If you have stood for, been elected to a society executive, or are thinking of standing (Christians on the Left executive elections are coming soon) you will enter the world of society speak.

 

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Should the UK take military action against ISIL in Syria?

ISIS.jpgOur Members of Parliament face a difficult decision. They will be asked to approve the extension of the UK’s military action against ISIL to Syria. This will mean the UK would be a fully functioning member of the military coalition against ISIL, where at the moment it only operates in Iraq. The terrorist atrocities in Paris, Beirut, Egypt, and elsewhere, together with the refugee crisis, have refocused attention on the war waging in Syria.

What should MPs decide? What should we make of the Number 10 briefing? Can the Just War tradition help? The government itself still has work to do.

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My Political Journey

Prior to being saved I was involved with socialist politics.  At the age of 20 I got involved in the Socialist Workers Party, I was a part time student and in the mid 1980’s students were very politicised and I had plenty of time to get very involved in the party  including having leading roles within the organisation.

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What Would Jesus say about the Tax Credits Debate?

 

Well what I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t say is, “Constitutional crisis! How dare the House of Lords oppose the elected government!”

 

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Book Review - Replenish by Lance Witt

I was given this book as a gift in January 2014. It was a book that everyone seemed to be talking about, so I  read it and enjoyed it, I found it interesting however I couldn’t at that time relate it to my own life, it didn’t seem to be relevant. As time went on it became more and more relevant and I began to keep going back to it, and re reading chapters.

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