Today (20th June 2015) will see the first national anti-austerity demonstration since David Cameron was re-elected. Judging by the response of some commentators to protests the day after the election, I expect there’ll be some who’ll again suggest demonstrators are ‘whinging’ because their ‘side’ lost.
To judge by the reaction of some members of the far-right in America, it would seem that the Pope has hit a nerve. By daring to speak a truth, that many so dearly wish to remain hidden, he has potentially begun the revolution so long sought. For too long the Church has been comfortable to wallow in pomp and wealth while focusing displeasure on the activities of consenting adults in bed.
We have a tendency in these islands – particularly in England – to prefer our history packaged as 'heritage'. Pageantry and grandiose words may easily replace rigorous and realistic analysis with a warm fuzzy feeling. It can also make us look both foolish and false.
An old man in the city of Kaduna in Northern Nigeria pointed to a barren, sun-baked plain and said: "When I was young there was a forest out there and if we were hungry we could just pick fruit of the trees or hunt wildlife, which was plentiful".
The Christian Initiative Trust has announced the launch of its 2015 awards scheme, renamed simply ‘The Christian Initiative Trust Awards’ or ‘CIT Awards’ for short, and this year they’re bigger and better than ever before!
Today 17th June 2015 sees the biggest ever Climate Change Lobby of Parliament. The ‘Speak Up For The Love Of’ Lobby has been organised by the Climate Change Coalition and partners Stop Climate Chaos Cymru, and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. Ten thousand people are expected to attend.
The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in June 2015 is being widely celebrated. King John’s signing of this document symbolised the end of an age when rulers had absolute power. Yet worship of the state, in England and beyond, is still common.