Bonhoeffer and Human Rights

By WilliamG on 16 Jan 2024

When we consider the place of Christian faith and human rights, one person of particular relevance is Dietrich Bonhoeffer. For those of you who don’t know who Bonhoeffer was, he was a pastor and theologian who was part of the Confessing Church in Nazi Germany and who eventually became involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. You may be asking how Bonhoeffer justified his willingness to partake in such an act of violence, especially if you have read any of his earlier pacifist writings.

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By PhoebeE on 19 Dec 2023

It’s January! Do you know what that means? It's time to do something with all those old gift tags, scraps of wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and other festive debris that is lying around. And there is no better use for it than for social justice! This month’s creative protest blog focuses on ‘Craftivism’. 

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Origami and Protest

By PhoebeE on 5 Dec 2023

To mark Human Rights Day this month we are releasing two creative protest blogs. This week we are focussing on origami and how it can be used in protest.  

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Puppets and Protest

By PhoebeE on 1 Dec 2023

If you read our last blog, you will have got a teaser for this month’s contribution to creative protest. This month we are looking at puppets! Perhaps, this could be considered an off-shoot of theatre and protest, but I thought it deserved its own stage (pardon the pun).

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The Challenge of Imago Dei in Human Rights

By WilliamG on 28 Nov 2023

            In the last blog we discussed the connection between the theological concept of Imago Dei and human rights theory with reference to the work of I Sil Yoon. We considered the ways in which the Imago Dei can be used to promote Christian action to further human rights and its connection to Catholic Social Teaching, the Nguni concept of Ubuntu and its relationship to the Bible. However, in this blog we will consider the ways in which the use of Imago Dei in promoting human rights can be a challenge and some of the problems it produces. 

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Imago Dei and Human Rights

By WilliamG on 28 Nov 2023

“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them”. Genesis 1:27

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Theology for the End of the World by Marika Rose: Book Review

By WilliamG on 22 Nov 2023

Dr Marika Rose is a senior lecturer of philosophy, religion, and the liberal arts at the University of Winchester. This blog is a review of Marika’s newest book, Theology for the End of the World. The book is an invitation to honesty, honesty about who we are, what has influenced us, the institutions we participate in, and how we use God in our lives. If we choose to accept this invitation, we will find no escape from the need for analysing our own complicity in harmful and oppressive systems and actions.

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God is on our side

By NaomiNixon on 21 Nov 2023

God’s allyship began before creation and lasts until the end of time. When we become allies we are putting ourselves on God’s side, because he is already on ours. 

Adapted from a sermon by Revd Naomi Nixon.

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Remember the Dead, Fight Like Hell For The Living

By SCM on 20 Nov 2023

Trans Day of Remembrance gives space for the grief, anger and pain that comes with being trans in a world that attempts to stifle our joy and flourishing. This year, two of the youngest names on the list of transgender people who have died due to transphobia leading to violence or suicide will be Brianna Ghey and Corei Hall; two trans children from the UK whose lives have been cut short by transphobia. Whilst discussing plans for the SCM TDOR vigil, a member of the Trans Theology Group reminded us of the phrase ‘remember the dead, fight like hell for the living’.


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Reflections from the Transgender Theology Conference

By SCM on 9 Nov 2023

An SCM member shares their reflections on attending the Transgender Theology Conference in York from 7th- 8th September.

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