Politics

Is it the Church’s job to be the nation’s paramedic? – by Andy Flannagan

All over the UK the Church is doing an incredible job. We are running food banks...mentoring teenagers at risk...counselling those in debt... befriending the elderly...sheltering the homeless...running parent-toddler groups... homework clubs...music and arts workshops...healing on the streets...sports camps... working with prisoners...community choirs... It is wonderful, but there is a danger. The church may spend the next… Continue reading Is it the Church’s job to be the nation’s paramedic? – by Andy Flannagan

Politics

‘All Christians are political’ – putting our faith in the mixer

'All Christians are political, whether they realise it or not. But especially when they don't realise it' Kenneth Leech In football terminology, putting the ball ‘in the mixer’ means getting it into the penalty area right in front of the goal.   It’s where there is often some jostling and controversy and where the most contentious things happen. But this… Continue reading ‘All Christians are political’ – putting our faith in the mixer

Politics

The Summit of faith, social action and politics – by Andy Flannagan

Regular readers of R&R may already know about the re-launch of Christians on the Left.  I wanted to grab a few moments of your time to tell you about a great event we are hosting for everyone interested in faith, social action and politics.   I believe this is a hugely significant time both for… Continue reading The Summit of faith, social action and politics – by Andy Flannagan

Politics

‘They came expecting fireworks’: the launch of Christians on the Left

Christians on the Left, the new name for the Christian Socialist Movement, was formally launched in a packed room at the Houses of Parliament on November 5th. It was quite a night to be in that famous old building.  Drawing inspiration from the most famous anti-parliamentary activism of all time, an anarchist demonstration was noisily… Continue reading ‘They came expecting fireworks’: the launch of Christians on the Left

Politics

Left behind: Why the Christian Socialist Movement needs a new name

I remember someone saying to me years ago that Christian Socialist Movement (CSM) had three main problems: firstly, it wasn’t Christian; secondly, it wasn’t Socialist and thirdly, it definitely wasn’t a Movement. And five years ago CSM was struggling. The average age of the membership was the on the rise, numbers were in decline, finances… Continue reading Left behind: Why the Christian Socialist Movement needs a new name

Films & music

Drowning in the Shallow – Andy Flannagan [Review]

I must admit that I am not a big fan of a lot of contemporary Christian music.  Too often, I find the lyrics can be trite and too detached from the difficulties and complexity of real life.  Often laments for our broken world tend to be both more poetic and more moving from those outside the Church rather than… Continue reading Drowning in the Shallow – Andy Flannagan [Review]