Politics, Poverty, Social commentary

‘Individual sovereignty is over-stated by the right and underemphasised by the left’

The relationship between social justice and personal responsibility is an inescapable subject in discussions about poverty. Where is the line between what is the state’s responsibility and the responsibility of the individual? Most of the conferences and events I attend focus on ‘systems change’ and how resources are allocated and managed. Focussing on the failures… Continue reading ‘Individual sovereignty is over-stated by the right and underemphasised by the left’

Ethics & Christian living

‘Time to face reality’: C of E safeguarding has ‘no functional leadership’

In the last 18 months I have published a number of articles related to safeguarding issues in the Church of England. As someone who grew up within the C of E and continues to have close links, it is a subject that I care deeply about. Last year, I wrote a parable Whistleblow and the… Continue reading ‘Time to face reality’: C of E safeguarding has ‘no functional leadership’

Ethics & Christian living

‘Away with the Manger’: the Streatham Common crib controversy

At every Christmas since 1956, a nativity scene has been on display in Streatham Common, south London. The crib was the idea of Albert Steiert and John Taylor, both members of a local catholic church, who were concerned that the true meaning of Christmas was being overlooked. John built the first crib and Albert painted… Continue reading ‘Away with the Manger’: the Streatham Common crib controversy

Theology

The original foster care story at the heart of Christmas – by Ian Butcher

This year’s John Lewis Christmas advert shows a family preparing to welcome a teenager into their home as foster carers. The foster father’s attempts to learn to skateboard are part of his preparation for the arrival of a teenager into their home. This focus on the foster father is welcome. Approximately 40% of foster carers… Continue reading The original foster care story at the heart of Christmas – by Ian Butcher

Politics, Recommended books & reviews

‘Saving Liberalism from Itself’ – by Ian Geary

A review of Saving Liberalism from Itself: The Spirit of Political Participation by Timothy Stacey, 2022 Understanding the contemporary variant of liberalism which dominates the West at this time is an important subject for the Church in order to understand its mission and witness.   Liberalism places human freedom at the centre of economics, politics… Continue reading ‘Saving Liberalism from Itself’ – by Ian Geary

Sport

Football’s collusion with betting is gambling with people’s lives

There has probably never been a global sporting event surrounded by as much ethical controversy as the current FIFA World Cup in Qatar.  In many people's eyes, the whole event is the most blatant illustration of football’s capitulation to greed and corruption. The important discussions on the conditions for immigrant construction workers, the human rights… Continue reading Football’s collusion with betting is gambling with people’s lives

Personal, Wellbeing

Learning from difficult times: 9 lessons in leadership

This post is adapted from a talk I gave recently for Homeless Link to a group of CEOs and senior managers who lead homelessness charities. In the winter 2014/15, I went through a difficult time in the charity I led.   We hit a crisis in one of our main residential services due to some… Continue reading Learning from difficult times: 9 lessons in leadership

Homelessness

Hollywood homelessness & festive sentimentality

If you are involved with charity which helps people affected by homelessness, then you will be bracing yourself for the busiest time of the year. Whilst there remains huge challenges to reduce the numbers of people sleeping rough, the busyness of this season is not necessarily because the number of people coming to the services… Continue reading Hollywood homelessness & festive sentimentality