Ethics & Christian living

White supremacy is America’s original sin – by Shawn Bawulski

This is the text of a speech given by Shawn Bawulski at the Phoenix Black Lives Matter rally against hate this week. It is re-produced with permission. I’m honoured to be speaking at this rally against hate. I speak today as a Christian theologian: God’s love is pure. God’s love is on us all.  I love you… Continue reading White supremacy is America’s original sin – by Shawn Bawulski

Ethics & Christian living

Abuse, collusion and cover-up in the C of E – by Stephen Kuhrt

The Church of England and its senior leaders colluded with Peter Ball, the ex-Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, rather than seeking to help those he had harmed or assuring itself of the safety of others. That is the damning conclusion of Dame Moira Gibb’s review of the church’s handling of the sexual abuse committed by… Continue reading Abuse, collusion and cover-up in the C of E – by Stephen Kuhrt

Ethics & Christian living

‘This is for Allah’: overcoming denial about the deadly power of religion

Last night I was with a group of volunteers who have been running a night shelter for homeless people over the last eight months. They come from 13 different churches and a local synagogue in central London. As well as Christians and Jews, a significant number of volunteers are also Muslims. Now in it's seventh… Continue reading ‘This is for Allah’: overcoming denial about the deadly power of religion

Ethics & Christian living, Recommended books

Re-discovering Narnia and rinsing out stale thinking about Christianity

I grew up in a Christian home as the son of a vicar. In retrospect it gave me loads of things that I am grateful for, but in many ways I disliked being the ‘vicar’s son’ in a large church. People treated you differently: Sunday school teachers really did say things like ‘I would have expected… Continue reading Re-discovering Narnia and rinsing out stale thinking about Christianity

Ethics & Christian living

Finding hope when burnt out – by Corin Pilling

Those on the front line of church, community and care work can from time to time experience a ‘hope deficit’.  The reality of dysfunction and poverty can easily start to outweigh the hope and energy that we can offer. We may be called to cultivate hope but the reality is often tough. The ideal of community work can… Continue reading Finding hope when burnt out – by Corin Pilling

Ethics & Christian living, Poverty

Why Pope Francis is wrong about begging

This week I was at a church in central London, talking with the minister when a man came to the door asking for help. He explained that he was not from London but his wife had just been discharged from UCH (a London hospital) following an emergency operation.  He said they had nowhere to stay… Continue reading Why Pope Francis is wrong about begging

Ethics & Christian living

How I became a Christian – by Andrew Ryland

This is the story of how I became a Christian. To some who know me, this may be a surprise. It’s no secret, I just haven’t been very open about it. Recently I have felt moved to be more transparent about my faith and how it has transformed me.  I hope that this will help… Continue reading How I became a Christian – by Andrew Ryland

Ethics & Christian living, Recommended books

‘Dethroning Mammon: making money serve grace’ by Justin Welby – a review by Gordon Kuhrt

Mammon is money or possessions when they are enthroned. The author says there is nothing wrong with money in itself, but when it exercises supreme power (is enthroned) it becomes mammon: evil, destructive and dangerous. A Foreword commending the book is from Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche movement which now has nearly 150 communities worldwide.… Continue reading ‘Dethroning Mammon: making money serve grace’ by Justin Welby – a review by Gordon Kuhrt

Ethics & Christian living

Contemplation in a world of reaction – by Ian Geary

'There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many… Continue reading Contemplation in a world of reaction – by Ian Geary

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Cakes, prophets and freedom of belief – by Lizzie Schofield

Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland were taken to court for refusing to decorate a cake with the words "Support Gay Marriage" because it went against their Christian beliefs. The judge ruled this was discriminatory and Ashers lost. With this 'progressive' ruling passed, I'm off to Golders Green to get my "Support Hamas" bagels; then to… Continue reading Cakes, prophets and freedom of belief – by Lizzie Schofield