Our director, Andy Flannagan, talks to Shane Claiborne, the American activist and author, on the need for theology, policy and lifestyle to intersect. Shane discusses the importance of loving our neighbours as ourselves (see Matthew 22:39), what this means in a world beset by economic inequality, and shares with us about how he tries to live out this love by sharing and caring in his community. A fascinating conversation, and one which provides a Christian framework for a radical commitment to social justice.
Christians on the Left participated in the recent ShowUp North event, hosted in Manchester by Christians in Politics.
Zac Bowyer, a sixth form student visiting from South Africa, was at the event and shared some of his thoughts:
David Haslam, a Methodist minister, social justice campaigner and Christians on the Left member, has recently published his book, A Luta Continua (The Struggle Continues), recounting his varied experiences and providing an insight into what it means to work and fight for God's kingdom.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell today praised the campaign organised by Christians on the Left to support paying tax.
Mr McDonnell congratulated Christians on the Left and its chair, Jonathan Reynolds MP, for our campaign slogan :
"It’s a great slogan. Patriots should pay their taxes. Labour are already setting the pace on tackling tax avoidance and tax evasion."
Speaking at the Labour Party's conference church service today, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told worshippers that politics had much to learn from faith groups. "Bringing faith communities together is important," he argued, "and we need to draw political lessons from this.”
Christians on the Left has had its Labour Conference motion submitted to the party's National Executive Committee. The motion calls for Labour Party members to 'disagree well' when debating with each other, avoiding personal abuse and prejudice. It also affirms that the party will not tolerate abusive behaviour. The motion, written in consultation with members of other socialist societies affiliated to the Labour Party, calls on NEC to issue guidance to constituency parties on how to conduct meetings and to issue a pledge of good behaviour, which constituency parties and affiliates would be encouraged to sign.
The Labour Party's Constitutional Arrangements Committee ruled the motion was not contemporary, but referred it to the NEC because it dealt with party matters. The motion reads as follows:
Members of Christian CND, Pax Christi, the NCPO (Network of Christian Peace Organisations) and some members of Christians on the Left will join the protest against the renewal of Trident in Parliament Square this evening, displaying church statements on nuclear weapons under the banner of No Faith in Trident.
They are participating in a prayerful vigil, from 6.00 p.m. until the decision and welcome others to join them.
BBC News on the Importance of the Trident Decision:
Ways to get involved, beyond the 2016 leadership election...
Events coming up across the whole UK, including Liverpool, Manchester and Wolverhampton.
This update from our Secretary, Sam Brown, provides some guidance on the upcoming election rules.
Over the last few days there have been continued reports of some deeply disturbing scenes around the country.
Today the Society for Labour Lawyers released a statement condemning the recent xenophobic and racist attacks. Christians on the Left along with other socialist society affiliates of the Labour Party strongly support this statement.
"The Society of Labour Lawyers condemns the racist and xenophobic attacks which have been reported to have taken place across the United Kingdom. Racially motivated violence has no place in our society. Incitement of racial hatred and racially aggravated assault are criminal offences. We call on our members to stand united and undeterred against such xenophobia and racism and we call on the government to condemn these attacks”.
The Labour Party and the Labour movement has a long history of fighting racism and bigotry and we must continue to fight any prejudice and campaign for a fair, equal and just society.
Jonathan Reynolds MP on behalf of the Executive Committee of Christians on the Left.