Commentary by Savi Hensman

  • August 15, 2013

    UK parliamentarians have invited the far-right chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, despite his role in the mass murder of minorities. The opposition Labour Party and Conservative-led government risk serious embarrassment, and worse, if they...

  • August 4, 2013

    Many people like religious as well as political leaders to be clear and decisive, even if they are sometimes wrong. However Christian faith is primarily about love and trust in a living God, rather than the pretence of certainty on all kinds of...

  • August 2, 2013

    Tighter restrictions on free National Health Service care, supposedly aimed at ‘health tourists’, would hit many UK taxpayers who are foreign. The proposed changes might also open the door to making citizens pay at a later date, and could cause...

  • July 26, 2013

    High-profile critics of loan company Wonga, which charges extremely high interest rates that can trap poor households in debt, have come under heavy pressure. Yet action is important if those most vulnerable are to be safeguarded.

  • July 26, 2013

    In July 1983 in Sri Lanka, state-sponsored violence and undermining of democracy led to lengthy civil war and widespread suffering. Thirty years later, it would appear that many have failed to learn from the past.

  • July 15, 2013

    Opposition by churches to harsh treatment of the poor is welcome, as further benefit cuts hit hard-up households. It is important to work with, and learn from, those with a long track record of resisting economic injustice.

  • July 6, 2013

    Like many other church assemblies around this time, the Church of England General Synod in July 2013 faces several controversial and challenging issues. As Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby recognised, both openness and boldness are needed....

  • June 22, 2013

    As a People’s Assembly Against Austerity gathered in London, the Guardian carried a dispiriting interview with UK opposition leader Ed Miliband.

  • June 21, 2013

    Exodus International, which for decades claimed to be able to change people’s sexual orientation, has apologised and is closing.

  • June 17, 2013

    In many churches today, hymns have been largely or wholly replaced by worship songs. Some of these are of high quality and accessible to a wider range of worshippers. However, says Savitri Hensman, perhaps there should be more discussion of how...

  • June 14, 2013

    As a law to allow equal marriage in England and Wales reaches committee stage in the House of Lords, those most strongly opposed are still trying to weaken or block it. Despite large majorities for the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Bill in the...

  • June 12, 2013

    UK wages have fallen more than ever before in a five-year period, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found. Those on medium and low incomes have had their living standards undermined during an economic crisis not of their making. The...

  • June 8, 2013

    Some people may be understandably confused about the Church of England’s position on same-sex partnerships and equal marriage. Official statements, the publicly-voiced views of senior clergy and broader opinions among church members point in...

  • June 6, 2013

    Church of England bishops have given up trying to block equal marriage in England and Wales. Though several spoke and voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords, this bid was heavily defeated. Many church members,...

  • June 4, 2013

    The House of Lords has backed a Bill to allow same-sex couples in England and Wales to marry, by 390 votes to 148. After a long debate in which Christians argued for and against the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill, a bid by opponents to block a...

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