Why Britain Must Remain in the European Union

As a Christian on the left, it is my strong conviction that the UK should remain within the European Union (EU). Inspired by Jesus’ love for everyone, I am committed to contributing to a society that is caring and recognises the rights of each person.

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Abortion is not Social Justice:- A Northern Irish Perspective

Royal College of MidwivesAs the legal limits of women's access to abortions have been questioned again in the media recently, Heather gives her take on the more-restrictive laws in Northern Ireland, and how the Church should respond to the issue.

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Academies: How to overturn bad policy without becoming the voice of negativity.

I’m a teacher, I’m a Christian and I’m fed up of simply moaning about the DfE. That’s the simple position I had come to as I wrote my speech in response to Nicky Morgan’s latest announcements.

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Steel: The Health and Safety Deficit

Port_talbot_large.jpgAs the steel crisis has unfolded, the big question that doesn’t seem to have been asked is; why is it that China can produce steel much more cheaply that we can in the UK?

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Executive Committee Nominees Share Their Views

We have had an outstanding field of candidates nominated for the Executive Committee "Ordinary Member" Roles. We'd love all our members to get to know these folks a little better, so we invited them to write us a short piece for the website. What follows is a fascinating mix of subjects that reflects a little of the diversity we see amongst our membership today. I commend all of these members to you:- read, reflect, share and comment on their pieces. We look forward to the results of the election and I'm sure we'll be hearing from all of these fine folk soon.

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Does becoming a Christian change your Politics?


Apartheid Bus.jpgDoes becoming a Christian change your politics?  Hazel Palmer tells us how her faith drove her fight against the South African Apartheid regime in the 1970s-80s. It all started with a simple choice - to boycott oranges...

 

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Just War Event Review

Over a hundred people attended our recent event in Durham, listening to a thought-provoking debate on "Just War" in the 21st century, the renewal of Trident and military intervention. We were delighted to host a panel discussion chaired by Roberta Blackman Woods, between Helen Goodman MP, Kevan Jones MP, Professor Robert Song and Rev. Chris Howson. All of the panelists brought interesting and challenging contributions on the role of faith in the political discussion of conflict and peace.

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Delà des Frontiers (Beyond Borders)

1913772_10153156881567447_201371647888274979_n_(1).jpgLast week I was at a prayer meeting where I was asked to pray for Europe. Having been at a meeting in Brussels the previous week regarding the refugee crisis, and with the EU referendum on the horizon it felt like a good time to pray ‘Lord would your kingdom come and your will be done’.

Below is a prayer that echoes the cry of my heart and I hope will be a resource to you. 

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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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