Building bridges between faith groups and Labour

In church recently I met someone who runs a food bank. He talked to me about how his service helped people from many different backgrounds who have become stuck in a poverty trap. Some need short term support to get them through a difficult period, while others are permanently stuck. I was struck by the commitment of this gentleman to help others and of his conviction that our society should not be organised this way.

It is a familiar story to any churchgoer. Churches across the country contain many similarly motivated people. They are driven by their Christian conviction that all are created equally and that everyone therefore has equal worth. Working in food banks, helping the homeless, giving shelter to refugees, fighting famine and poverty abroad, and in many other ways, church members are working for the most disadvantaged in society. Moreover, with at least one church in every town and village, this work is happening and being supported across the country.

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What Should We Pray For?

frustrationPolitics and the world today can seem confusing. We can feel trapped by the ‘paralysis of analysis’ – not knowing what to pray for – so we simply stop praying. There are so many things on our radars that spark complex emotions, and a feeling of ‘Can I even pray for that, ask that question or feel that anger?’ can sometimes cloud our ability to know where to begin.

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The Non-Conformist Origins of Christian Socialism in Britain

In the first of a two-part series, Christians on the Left member Andrew Chandler discusses the origins of Christian Socialism in Britain.

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Let's pray for our Education System

In his 1942 book ‘Christianity and Social Order’, William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1942-1944, Labour Party member, social reformer and school friend of R. H. Tawney, wrote that:

“Every child should have the opportunity of an education till years of maturity, so planned as to allow for his peculiar aptitudes and make possible their full development. This education should be inspired by faith in God and find its focus in worship.”

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GE2017 - What did Theresa May Actually Say?

Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May has just announced her intention to hold a snap General Election on 8th June, despite previously saying that she has absolutely no intention to do so this year. But what did she really say in her announcement, and are the reasons she gives actually what they seem?

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A ripple on the water, a wind through the valley

Our executive committee member Heather Staff reports from the Balkans on her experiences of peace-making at a critical time of political upheaval.

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Goats, Dogs and Market Fundamentalism: An Introduction to Ann Pettifor

Dr Ann Pettifor is a director of PRIME Economics and a leading figure in the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign. She will be speaking to Christians on the Left at Wednesday's Tawney Dialogue on 'Business in Brexit Britain'. Below is a piece from her introducing the history of classical economics and her views on deregulated finance.

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Church of the Poor?

A report on the Annual Day Conference of CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY, Manchester, by Christian on the Left Hazel Palmer.

 

The conference title poses a question to which the answer is all too often ‘No’. 

So how can we listen to the poor and turn the No to a Yes?

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A critical point in history: East Africa food crisis

At Christians on the Left we feel it is important to share wider news items and articles that help us to keep looking outwards and informed about what is happening in the world. Our friends at 'All We Can' have sent us a very timely article highlighting the East Africa food crisis. 

A critical point in history: East Africa food crisis

By Laura Cook, Communications Manager for All We Can.

“I don’t have food. Maybe tomorrow I will die. Only God knows.” – Amir, South Sudan.

Image1_SSudan_Achol.jpg18 year-old Amir cultivated her small plot of land, but the crops were destroyed by a flood and she had no other form of income. She came to a health clinic run by All We Can’s humanitarian aid partner in Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan, with her severely malnourished baby daughter Achol. Achol is one of the fortunate ones, she reached help in time. She was treated with Plumpy’Nut, a nutrient-rich peanut-based paste that helped her gain weight and receive enough nutrients to survive.

Many thousands more, just like Achol, are literally starving to death because of the lack of access to food. Critical levels of malnutrition and a severe malaria outbreak are putting thousands of lives in jeopardy. Babies, children under the age of five and pregnant and breast-feeding mothers are most at risk.

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Apathy in the UK

Last week's two by-elections included a Labour hold in Stoke-on-Trent Central and a Conservative gain from Labour in Copeland. However, as Christians on the Left member and volunteer Hannah Rich explains, low levels of voter turnout mean the main winner may have been apathy.

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