Faith in Action

Combatting Militarism In Universities and Wider Society

9 Oct 2017

Recruiting young hearts and minds

Today I identify as a pacifist, but that was not always the case. In fact, only a few years ago that couldn't have been further from the case. I grew up in a military family, and my Grandad received an award for bravery which led him to...

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Too Much, Too Young? A Christian Response to the UK’s Recruitment of Child Soldiers

9 Oct 2017

Child Soldiers in the UK?

Recently an article by the moral and political philosopher...

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World War 2: The Child-Friendly Face of Chaos?

5 Oct 2017

I find many alarming signs of increased militarisation in our culture. There has been discussion elsewhere about military recruitment at secondary schools, but I am also bothered about how our “Help for Heroes” and “Armed Forces Day”( introduced as “Veterans Day” in 2006) have been used as a...

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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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