Faith in Action

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Loving The Earth Means Not Only Admiring Its Beauty But Caring For It Too

25 Sep 2017

My granny has a collection of Bible verses, prayers and sayings stuck to the wall right above her fruit bowl, in the kitchen. One that she has herself typed onto an ancient post-it note sticks in my mind: ‘The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands.’

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Who is my neighbour? Tackling child hunger in the UK

14 Sep 2017

We live in one of the richest countries in the world; a country which has enough money to look after its population, and one which is nevertheless failing its most vulnerable people. Disabled people and people with long-term illnesses are having benefits taken off them cruelly and inhumanely,...

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Running to do good: a new approach to voluntary action

9 Aug 2017

The idea for GoodGym arrived when founder Ivo Gormley began jogging to the home of a family friend who was housebound. Finding that his regular run now had a purpose beyond his own fitness goals, he applied the idea to help more people and launched a running group that got fit by doing good....

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Seven Priests Walk Into A Bar...

3 Aug 2017

A story appeared in the news recently where several students for the Catholic priesthood were denied entry to a local pub in Cardiff. They were there to celebrate the ordination of a fellow student, and because of their unusual priestly garb the bar staff refused to serve them, thinking they...

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Caring for our Common Home and Sharing in our Common Joys

24 Jul 2017

Last weekend, I spent a few days in Derbyshire, helping with the SCM stall at the National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) annual conference. This is a Catholic conference and the theme this year was ‘A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor’, looking at the big issues of environment and poverty...

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The Liberal and the Martyr

22 Jun 2017

Faith and UK Politics

British parliamentary politics could not, given the bishops in the House of Lords, be accurately characterised as ‘secular’, but it is certainly godless. As such, theological events are a fairly rare occurrence. However, Tim Farron’s resignation,...

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More in Common

22 Jun 2017

These past few weeks I have been sad, angry and asking questions. With Grenfell, the terror attacks in Manchester and London, and the recent attack on the Finsbury park Mosque. At times, it all feels too much. It’s in these moments that I look to my Christian faith and ask what Jesus would do....

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Getting Together and Building Community

19 Jun 2017

This weekend marked one year since the tragic death of Jo Cox MP, a brilliant lady who fought for justice, equality and unity throughout her time as a politician, and who inspired many people in her community. On the anniversary of her death, local communities up and down the country took part...

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Brexit, Division and Social Cohesion: One Year On

14 Jun 2017

Jesus knew all about social divisions coarsened by national disappointment. Yes, the Somewheres (#MakeIsraelGreatAgain) were oppressed by the Anywheres (the globe-trotting Roman elite). His response was personal encounter.

So thousands of Christians (and the CUF...

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