Politics

No-one left behind, everyone respected : A reflection on Brexit

3 Apr 2017

 

I’ve recently been encouraging SCM students and members to try their hand at ‘Faith Reflection’. This is another name for Theological Reflection, which is a way of reflecting deeply on the world and our...

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Malvern Science and Faith Weekend, and the Politics of Hope

28 Mar 2017

By SCM member Julian Wood

The Malvern Science and Faith Weekend is an annual weekend (always the first weekend in March) set up and organised by Andrew Webb and others. It is intended to be a forum for people to learn and think about the twin elements of science and faith, and...

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Faith, Politics and Hope: What I Learned From The Launch of JPIT Yorkshire

13 Mar 2017

As a Politics student who has lived all my life so far in the North of England, regional and local politics are important to me. My interest in politics is closely linked to my faith – I strongly feel that it is God’s work to tackle issues of inequality, poverty, disenfranchisement, and...

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Who Brings About Change?

6 Feb 2017

On 27 January I was lucky enough to participate in a meeting organised by Ruth Wilde from SCM for students from both the Methodist and Catholic societies to meet with Gisela Stuart MP to discuss the issue of food poverty.

It was initially a rather surreal experience to directly discuss...

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What on earth is going on in the US and what can we do?

1 Feb 2017

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross” 

The above quote rings very true, especially now that Trump and his far-right cronies have taken over government. It is attributed to US novelist Sinclair Lewis, and captures the essence of his dystopian...

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The Summer I Met Martin Luther King Jr.

16 Jan 2017

In the summer of 1964, the Revd Ian Whyte – then a divinity student at the University of Glasgow and SCM member – was spending his time at the Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, often preaching at the local church in Alabama. Outside the beautiful surroundings of the college,...

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A Light in the Darkness

10 Nov 2016

As my accent has no doubt already given away, I am American. And as an American, there is only one thing on my mind this morning. My nation has done the unthinkable, electing a man so reprehensible that I refuse to speak his name here.

I had a reflection written for this morning. Two, as...

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Saints and Politics: What Could Theresa May Learn from St Teresa of Avila?

17 Aug 2016

For only the second time in our political history, the UK has a female Prime Minister, Theresa May. Many have been quick to compare her to the first female Prime Minister and fellow Conservative leader, Margaret Thatcher. I would like to posit a different – and, dare I say, more interesting –...

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Healing Divisions: Life Post-Brexit

21 Jul 2016

The few short weeks since the result of the EU Referendum was announced has been a time of political and social turmoil, not merely in the UK but across the rest of Europe and further afield. Governments have been changed, alliances forged and sundered, communities shaken to their roots. I...

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After Brexit, a Light at the end of the Tunnel

13 Jul 2016

I write the day after the Church of England’s General Synod had an emergency debate and passed a motion calling for ‘all to unite in the common task of building a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world’ and encouraging all members of the Church...

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