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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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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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.

 SILENCE Film Banner

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Will you #ChangeHerStory this advent?

ICchangeWill you #ChangeHerStory?

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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