The ‘get tough’ approach to sick and disabled welfare claimants promoted by the big party players in the run up to this General Election, and in recent media rhetoric, is not just morally cheap, says Savi Hensman. It is reflective of a profoundly inadequate policy approach which ends up scapegoating those we should be supporting most.
While some Roman Catholic leaders are truly penitent, says Savi Hensman, some have dug the church into an even deeper hole by their attempts to shift blame on to others. A more careful assessment is needed of claims and counter-claims.
In Sri Lanka in recent decades, the term "traitor" has been flung about with wild abandon, says Savi Hensman, raising questions about what loyalty people might owe to a nation and what this might mean in practice.
On 24 March 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated by the government of El Salvador, Savi Hensman reminds us. But his legacy of prayerful Christian engagement with the cause of justice and peace in the world cannot be killed off.
All too often, ineffective or dangerous remedies no longer saleable in the West are exported to Africa, says Savi Hensman. The notion that homosexuality can be 'cured' is just one example. Christians should not be implicated in the suffering and abuse that results.
The bishops' highly publicised defence of discrimination in the Equality bill damages the image of the church, says Savi Hensman. Their political victory in the House of Lords this week is a moral and spiritual defeat.
Behind the bravado and bold promises of the election contenders in Sri Lanka is the shadow of past violence, say Savi Hensman. Many are in denial about the effects, but unless the grim legacy is at least acknowledged, future unity and stability may be undermined.
The story of the Magi has touched the hearts and stirred the imagination of many through the ages, says Savi Hensman. But the story has a wry twist which does not flatter the religiously self-righteous.
Mary Douglas Glasspool (when her appointment is confirmed and she is consecrated) and Eva Brunne will face challenges as bishops, says Savi Hensman. But they will also be a liberation for Anglicanism and for a truer biblical understanding of sexuality.
Is Anglicanism in danger of upholding a false kind of unity, asks Savi Hensman. When this involves upholding injustice and cruelty, it can damage not only those on the receiving end but also the cause which is supposedly being championed.