Christmas: How subversive hope is born

THE CHRISTMAS we celebrate in the western world in the first quarter of the C21st is an unwieldy mish-mash of sentimentality, rampant commercialism, tempered religiosity, honest paganism, the mass slaughter of animals, family hospitality and seasonal goodwill. It is...

Welcoming the stranger: resources for the churches

IF THE GOVERNMENT of the United Kingdom decides to follow the Australian policy of offshore processing refugees offshore, a strong theological response will be needed to underpin sustained practical resistance to such a policy.  Fortunately, churches don’t have to...

Offshoring refugees: lessons from Australia

THE UK GOVERNMENT is reported to be wanting to move refugees and asylum seekers offshore. Following the Australian model apparently. So, do you want to know what the Australian model of offshore detention looks like? Let’s start with the annual financial costs of the...

Politicians: they’re not all the same

GIVEN the Prime Minister we have, and the events of the last decade, it’s completely understandable that trust in politicians is at an all-time low.   The UK’s current leadership has given us very little reason to trust, or even to believe them. And it has been...

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