Reflections on Remembrance & Nationalism

Today I went to a Remembrance service at a war memorial followed by one at a church.  At both, the national anthem was sung, and other nationalistic sentiments were expressed in word and song.  It goes without saying that Remembrance is an incredibly important and significant time for many people and for the society we... Continue Reading →

Milkshaking Fascists: Why Christians Need to Rethink Violence

Christianity has a long history of often heated discussion around violence, from absolute pacifism to the just war tradition and, indeed, some positions that can only be described as ‘warmongering’.  There is, however, one aspect of violence which unites many of these differing factions: physical violence committed by the individual in situations other than self-defence.  Who,... Continue Reading →

Has the Church Abandoned the Poor?

In April 2018, Philip North, Bishop of Burnley expressed the opinion that there was “a widespread perception among northern DDOs [diocesan directors of ordinands] that candidates from working-class backgrounds with northern accents are victims of prejudice” in the selection process for ordination training.  Bishop North has, in recent years, become one of the sharpest critics... Continue Reading →

Stories from the Way: The Camino Donativo

Reaction to the BBC's 'Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago' has been somewhat mixed amongst those who have completed the journey themselves.  Indeed even before it began, more than one friend expressed their concern that such a programme could not possibly do justice to the great and ancient mysteries of the Way.  I likewise had concerns, but... Continue Reading →

5 Steps to a Communist Christmas

With Christmas Day imminent, it can be easy to get caught up in the last minute dash to the shops, or the frustration of planning something everyone will enjoy.  The whole Christmas season can become overshadowed by things that have no right to take up our time and thoughts, so with that in mind, here... Continue Reading →

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