Jill Segger's blog

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.

Guarding our tongues on violence and disorder

Guarding our tongues on violence and disorder

Purity and simplicity are quite rare qualities. When "pure and simple" is used to describe something which is in reality challenging and complex, it often accompanies the desire to mislead or to close down argument.

Anders Brehing Breivik and Dr Ali

Anders Brehing Breivik and Dr Ali

On the day that Anders Brehing Breivik, driven by hatred of Islam and of his country's political establishment, unleashed death and terror on an unimaginable scale in Oslo and Utoya, I lay on a treatment table in the Accident and Emergency department of my local hospital. The doctor attending to my pain and shock was a gentle young Muslim called Ali.

News of the World and the lives of others

News of the World and the lives of others

The level of public anger and distress over the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone and the allegations that bereaved service families may also have been intruded upon in this manner, may just have brought about what Peter Walker, the former Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, speaking on Radio 5 yesterday (6 July 2011), called a “step change”. He also called for questions as to how we “have collectively allowed [the situation] to develop”.