Jill Segger's blog

Questioning Cameron: a Quaker method

Questioning Cameron: a Quaker method

If power is ever to change its mind or examine its thinking, it needs to be taken out of its comfort zone.

November 30: the day 'divide and rule' was exposed

November 30: the day 'divide and rule' was exposed

“We're all in this together” has never seemed so cynically mendacious as it does today (30 November) – the day after the Chancellor's Autumn Statement and the day on which public service workers are taking part in the largest organised day of action for a generation.

Welfare reform, impiety and the ruin of the state

“A dog starved at his master's gate, predicts the ruin of the state”. These lines from William Blake's Auguries of Innocence go beyond the obvious cruelty they describe. They remind us of the destruction which follows when power abdicates responsibility, care and compassion.

Our hard times: muddle or conspiracy?

Our hard times: muddle or conspiracy?

“It's aw a muddle, lass. Aw a muddle.” This was the dying lament of Stephen Blackpool, the power-loom operator of Hard Times who was driven to physical and emotional ruin by the ruthless economic and industrial system of his day.

St Paul's and Occupy: the vertical and the horizontal

St Paul's and Occupy: the vertical and the horizontal

It would be hard to imagine a more marked contrast of societal models than the one currently on display at the top of Ludgate Hill.

Violence on the steps of St Paul's

Today (15 October) has seen a global day of action against corporate greed, financial mismanagement and government cuts, which has grown out of New York's 'Occupy Wall Street' demonstration.

Fast lane to nowhere

“Slow down,you move too fast” In the 45 years which have passed since Paul Simon wrote the 59th Street Bridge Song, we have come to move a whole lot faster.

Monarch, jubilee and conscience

Monarch, jubilee and conscience

Christians of all denominations have been invited to take part in lighting church beacons on 4 June 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The King James Bible, unfamiliarity and recognition

The King James Bible, unfamiliarity and recognition

Many faith groups have undertaken to read the King James Bible in its entirety during this year of its 400th anniversary. When I was asked by a member of the village church to do a shift in this mammoth undertaking, I will admit to being a little surprised. However, it would have been churlish to refuse, so I presented myself at the appointed time, hoping that smitings and lengthy genealogies would not be my lot.

The duty of listening

The duty of listening

"The right to speak is a call to the duty of listening." These words of the Quaker writer Pierre Lacout should be placed in letters five feet tall on the walls of all broadcasting studios.