Savi Hensman

  • 16 Mar 2012

    Families and communities may be made up of single people, couples and smaller sub-groups or networks, differing in sexual orientation, gender identity and many other ways, says Savi Hensman. In the Christian vision, and especially in the community of Christ, all may make a unique contribution, and grow in unique ways while drawing closer to the One whose love sustains the universe, brings abundant blessings and satisfies the deepest thirst.

  • 2 Mar 2012

    In February 2012, an employment tribunal in England ruled that it was acceptable for a Christian worker to lose her job for refusing to work on Sundays. Savi Hensman explores the complex issues behind this case.

  • 18 Feb 2012

    Almost ten years ago, one of the survivors of a horrific massacre set about trying to win justice for her murdered husband and scores of others, writes Savi Hensman. This brought her up against some of the most powerful – and ruthless – people in the state of Gujarat in India. But she persisted.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    The Church of England’s decisions about women bishops are likely to have a major impact on its mission as well as its ministry, says Savi Hensman. If the church appears to be reluctant to accept and fully use women’s gifts, attempts to attract and involve more people across a wide age-range may be undermined.

  • 30 Jan 2012

    Successive UK governments, and their media allies, have been vigorous in smearing benefit claimants. To achieve this, politicians and their propagandists have played on popular stereotypes, stoking up prejudice against ‘scroungers’ while lavishly rewarding members of their own class at taxpayers’ expense. Savi Hensman looks at the reality behind the rhetoric, especially in relation to assessment.

  • 14 Jan 2012

    Many people have not yet realised the full impact of housing benefit and other welfare reforms threatening further hardship for those already disadvantaged. On political if not humanitarian grounds, the government would do well to stop targeting those in greatest need, says Savi Hensman, examining the specific issue of housing benefit.

  • 31 Dec 2011

    Britain is “a Christian country”, the language, culture and politics of which is “steeped in the Bible”, declared UK Prime Minister David Cameron recently. The Bible provides an "appalling moral compass", biologist and vigorous atheist Richard Dawkins responded. Both, despite elements of truth, revealed a deep misunderstanding of Christianity, says Savi Hensman.

  • 10 Dec 2011

    An emotionally and sexually intimate partnership is, for many people, a school of love, writes Savitri Hensman. This is not as romantic as it might sound: fearfulness, selfishness, rivalry and other negative traits may surface, and hard work may be needed to overcome these. Yet this can be a path to spiritual growth, which may manifest itself in small ways or through acts of heroic altruism. Such relationships, whether between opposite-sex or same-sex partners, can help to bring forth good fruit.

  • 26 Nov 2011

    Almost a decade ago, Zakia Jafri’s husband was brutally murdered, alongside many neighbours he was trying to protect, records Savi Hensman. Her lengthy struggle for justice is an inspiring example of what ordinary people can achieve when faced with human rights abuses by the powerful.

  • 15 Nov 2011

    Perhaps it is time to abandon the current divisive and confusing Anglican Covenant process and build on the foundations laid six years ago by the Anglican Consultative Council, when it agreed a very different Covenant for Communion in Mission, says Savi Hensman.