Celebrating Robert Burns: The People’s Poet

“Is There for Honest Poverty”, frequently referred to as “A Man’s a Man for A’ That”, is a Scots song published in 1795 by Robert Burns, Scotland’s pre-eminent poet and lyricist.  It is a classic, and timeless expression of egalitarianism. It has long been one of my favourite pieces; its critique of pretentiousness is clear, as is its reminder … More Celebrating Robert Burns: The People’s Poet

Faith & Wealth

‘Every form of wealth acquired at the cost of other nations, and every kind of economic imperialism, debases the dignity of men and women, and is an infringement of God’s glory.’ Jürgen Moltmann. The view of wealth articulated by Moltmann, has a solid biblical foundation.  Specifically, Jesus’ teachings emphasise stewardship and the true value of … More Faith & Wealth

Equality, Solidarity & Tenderness – A Unique TEDtalk

I am quite a fan of TEDtalks – there have been many fabulous talks and enlightening speakers presenting on a wide-range of subjects from surviving a suicide attempt to becoming an activist, with almost every conceivable topic in-between. Strangely enough religious leaders often do not make the best speakers, regardless of the topic they’re exploring. … More Equality, Solidarity & Tenderness – A Unique TEDtalk

Understanding The Former Bishop of Durham, Dr. David Jenkins

The former Bishop of Durham, Dr. David Jenkins, has died.  His theological viewpoints were always much more nuanced than were reported, or misreported, in the press at the time.  Nonetheless, what I thought was always rather striking was his espousal of a very publicly engaged form of Christianity, where the questions and answers were worked … More Understanding The Former Bishop of Durham, Dr. David Jenkins

Challenging Inequality On The World Day Of Social Justice

‘The gap between the poorest and the wealthiest around the world is wide and growing. This situation is not only between countries but within them, including many of the most prosperous. The World Day of Social Justice is observed to highlight the power of global solidarity to advance opportunity for all‘, so says UN Secretary-General … More Challenging Inequality On The World Day Of Social Justice

Tackling Fuel Poverty: A Call To Action

Northern Ireland has the worst fuel poverty levels in the UK. The local Church Action on Poverty group in Northern Ireland is building partnerships and providing much needed practical assistance.  Scott Peddie, Chair of the Northern Ireland group, explains what they have been doing: According to the Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition, around 300,000 households in … More Tackling Fuel Poverty: A Call To Action

Archbishop fears impact of welfare cuts on families | Christian News on Christian Today

    Archbishop fears impact of welfare cuts on families | Christian News on Christian Today. Well done to Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, for speaking out once again about the tendency of our current government to direct cuts towards the most vulnerable (and least vocal) in … More Archbishop fears impact of welfare cuts on families | Christian News on Christian Today