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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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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Defending Democracy in 2017

As a candidate for president of the United States Donald Trump refused to say whether he would accept the results of the election.

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Electing a King or Embracing Jesus as King

by Bob Ekblad

This Epiphany as we celebrate God’s self-revelation as King Jesus, I am struck by the extreme danger of choosing to trust in self, other gods and human rulers.

Today in America, Western Europe and beyond people are expressing their desire for stronger, more authoritarian leadership in a climate of increasing fear and insecurity. Many are calling for leaders who will put up walls, enforce laws with greater vigor and take stands for citizens against the rising tides of refugees, immigrants and terrorists. Jobs, borders, and benefits for us—not them.

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Post-Truth - It's up to each of us to resist.

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Martin Scorsese's SILENCE

"The film was thoroughly engaging, challenging and thought provoking and I find myself still thinking about the themes explored..."

After the Labour Party Conference Service theme of "Faith under Fire" this year (thanks to our partners Open Doors and Release International) we were interested to read about Martin Scorsese’s latest film ‘Silence’. We sent John Enright to investigate.

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Will you #ChangeHerStory this advent?

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As we enter Advent, we enter a time of remembering and anticipation of the coming birth of Jesus. We also enter a time of celebration of the peace and joy Jesus brought by sharing goodwill to those around us.

However, not everyone will be able to enjoy peace and joy, as millions women and girls across the UK will experience or live under the threat of violence and abuse over the Christmas period.  

Yet, there is hope. Here's what you can do.

 

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Friendly Thoughts for Bill Johnson

This week Pastor Bill Johnson, leader of the influential Bethel Church in California, published this post, in which he explained his justifications for voting for Donald Trump. Martin Holst, a member of the Christians on the Left executive, gives his thoughts in response.

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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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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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