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A Christian Guide to Brexit - Migration

When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. You shall have one law for the alien and for the citizen: for I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:33-34, 24:22 Migration lies at the heart of the debate on Brexit. We are told that it is the single greatest reason why people voted to the leave the EU. It is hardly surprising when the political debate in Britain for the last twenty years has been dominated by arguments over immigration figures. But, beyond this headline, it is much

A Christian Guide to Brexit 3 - Peace

He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Isaiah 2:4 On International Day for Peace, it is important to remember that the European Project was borne out of a century of devastating conflict. From the Crimean War in the 1850s, through the Franco-Prussian War and two World Wars, the empires of Europe had rampaged across the continent, crushing the smaller nations that got in their way. Belgium became the battleground of Europe, its neutrality consistently violated by those sworn to protect it.

Leaderful Church? A reflection

On Wednesday 13th June, 2018, the Susanna Wesley Foundation hosted a conference on 'Leaderful Church?' Among the contributions was a theological reflection I offered, especially in relation to some work I am currently doing around leadership in the world Methodist family.

A Christian Guide to Brexit - Fear

16So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19We love because he first loved us. 20Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21The commandment we have from him is this: thos

Light - Love - Life

Why is education such a complex topic for British Methodists? Is it because they associate their Church’s involvement in education with fee-paying private schools? This despite the fact that the vast majority of Methodist schools in Britain are state-sponsored community schools? I work for a College - Southlands College, University of Roehampton, London - which has been providing a Methodist education for nearly 150 years. This makes it, alongside its sister college, Westminster, the oldest Methodist college of tertiary education in Britain. It is now part of a worldwide association of Methodist-related institutions, numbering over one thousand, called the International Association of Method

A Christian Guide to Brexit

Over the next few weeks, I am going to try to provide some material for Christian reflection on the decision of the UK to leave the European Union. It has been over two years since the referendum was called and taken, and we are still pretty unclear about what will actually happen on 29 March 2019, the day when Brexit officially occurs. So this cannot be a theological analysis of what is going to happen, or the deal that has been arrived at, because none of that is yet known. Instead, what I hope to do, is offer some thoughts on the main themes that dominated the debate in the lead up to the vote - migration, sovereignty, fear - as well as those that have arisen since - trade, freedom, truth

The joy of being Methodist - or why I like Anglicans, but don't want to be one!

I’ve spent the summer in very good company. From the World Methodist Council to MTSE and IAMSCU, the United Methodist Church, the Oxford Institute and the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka, I have been surrounded by fellow-Methodists and Wesleyans from across the world. It is a complete joy to be part of such a diverse and beautiful family! I love being a Methodist. I wasn’t born one and I would have to admit that I only became a ‘real’ one at theological college. I vividly remember reading Barth’s Church Dogmatics (not for pleasure, I hasten to add!) and a section on the unconditional love of God, and finding tears running down my cheeks. It had suddenly struck me that I hadn’t, ‘til that point

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