Looking For David: Post Election Thoughts

Many people are surprised – and more than a little concerned - at the choice of Donald Trump for President by the American electorate. To them he seems a mystifying choice, totally unsuited in both temperament and character, for the immense responsibilities of this office. It may sound like hyperbole, but the prayer on the lips of many was ‘Lord, have mercy’ followed by a heart cry: why, oh why, when there is so much uncertainty, friction and trouble around the world, has the Lord allowed such a man to be elected President?

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Remembrance: Praying For Peace in the Face of War

By Matthew Judson

This weekend, millions of people across Britain will come to a stand-still in remembrance of soldiers from our country who died fighting on our behalf. Every year, it is a powerful and emotionally charged moment, and it is right that we remember. However, it is also a sobering time of year because of the many uncomfortable questions it raises about national identity, patriotism, and how to respond to modern-day wars.

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What have you unleashed? Disagreeing well is messy, but good for us.

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A Blog post from CotL Member Jon Kuhrt about a recent controversial piece he hosted on his blog Resistance & Renewal.

"Disagreeing well is good for us (far better than echo-chambers which just reinforce what we already believe).

It has been fascinating seeing the reaction to the article written by my old school friend, Nick Miles’ on why he is voting for Trump..."

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Justine_2.jpgAre the new plans laid out for Grammar Schools as positive news as we're being told? Rev. Tony Cross explains his view in a detailed piece on the proposed schooling system. 

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What the Labour Party can learn about unity from Christian ecumenism

Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby laughRecently, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis met in Rome to discuss and pray for closer ties between the Anglican communion and the Roman Catholic Church. I was on retreat in Rome with an ecumenical group of young Christians who had the privilege of joining the Archbishop and the Pope for a joint Anglican and Catholic vespers service. It was extraordinary and incredibly moving. As a Christian in the Labour party, I thought it would be useful to consider how ecumenism might offer a way forward in working through divisions in the party.
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Book Review: Just Living

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Ruth Valerio's latest offering provides practical and inspiring ways to live more ethical lives that honour our environment, our natural resources, our global neighbours - and the God who made it all. She argues with passion and rationale in equal measure to redefine 21st Century Christian living, Jenny Symmons writes.

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To Know God is To Do Justice

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Both the Church of England and the Church of Scotland are taking steps to ensure that their churches are involved in public debate, and in protecting the most vulnerable in society. This shows a true following of Jesus' ministry, John Milne writes.

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My Conference Experience

This years conference is the second Labour conference I have been to and the first where I have been there as part of Christians on the Left...

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Bombings and blasphemy laws: standing with the persecuted.

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In 2009 a Christian woman in Pakistan was accused of blasphemy after getting into an argument with fellow farm workers. As a result she has been on death row for six years, separated from her husband and young children, unsure whether her appeal will succeed in court or whether ultimately she will be executed. And even if she is cleared on appeal she may still be vulnerable to extrajudicial killing. There is a price on her head and her family are in hiding.

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Hope for the Middle East - Supporting the Persecuted Church

Open_Doors_logo.pngOpen Doors is delighted to be partnering with Christians on the Left at the Labour Party Conference this year. We’ll be sharing our new seven-year global campaign, Hope for the Middle East, which serves to equip people to support, pray and advocate for Christians and other minorities in Syria and Iraq.

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