Desmond Tutu Was Right

‘At the height of the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu confessed that he was confused about which Bible people were reading when they said that religion and politics do not mix. The Archbishop was right: religion and politics do mix, no matter what hardened secularists might assert about a public sphere free from religion. The more important questions to ask are, ‘what kind of religion and what kind of politics?’’

As the 2017 UK General Election unfolded I wrote this short article about faith and politics for Open Democracy…..Carry on reading if you’d like

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Zombie Multiculturalism….

Academics and activists, preachers and politicians have got a lot to learn from movies like ‘Dawn of the Dead’ because the debate surrounding multiculturalism is littered by zombies…To find out more carry on reading my new article just published in the journal ‘Culture and Religion’.

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President Trump and the Christian right

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My new article in Open Democracy explores the rocky relationship between religion and civil society politics….In particular I ask if Does Trump’s election represents a victory for reactionary religion or a prelude to faith-based opposition?

If you’d to find out more just click on the link….

Source: President Trump and the Christian right | openDemocracy

Religion, Peace & Conflict

When we watch the news we could easily get the impression that religion is a primary cause of violent conflict around the world. Is this true or just a convenient newspaper headline? The role of faith groups in civil society politics has becoming increasingly important in the last twenty years. A key aspect of this renewed visibility relates to faith-based conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

As part of my work as a Research Fellow in Faith and Peaceful Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University I’ve spent the last few months writing a report entitled ‘Faith-based Interventions in Peace, Conflict and Violence’ with my colleague Laura Payne. The report which will be launched at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next week explores the role that faith groups play in peacebuilding. We define conflict in broad terms as direct, structural and cultural violence: poverty, inequality & racism as well as civil wars, inter-ethnic violence and terrorism. There are no slick answers to the question: Is religion the cause of violence or a source for peace but you  can read the report by clicking here…..‘Faith-based Interventions in Peace, Conflict and Violence’.

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Faith-based Organising – Doing Justice & Loving Mercy

In recent decades faith has made a dramatic return to civil society politics. One of the most significant expressions of this is found in faith-based community organising.

Yesterday I spoke about the relationship between faith and politics in the superdiverse city at the British Quaker Social Justice Conference in Birmingham. In particular I thought about faith-based community organising as a powerful model of civil society politics. If you would like to look at my presentation you can find it by clicking here…..

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blessed are the poor?

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You will see below my review of Laurie Green’s excellent new book, Blessed are the Poor? which I want to share here.  I really do recommend it to everyone who is engaged in urban ministry and especially estate ministry.

Bishop Laurie is coming to do an afternoon with urban clergy here in Birmingham in October.  If anyone else is interested in coming along, please let me know.

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Blessed are the Poor? Urban Poverty and the Church

By Laurie Green, SCM 2015

Laurie Green has long been at the forefront of urban ministry in Britain as parish priest, bishop, theologian and practitioner. I was really looking forward to reading Blessed are the Poor? and can wholeheartedly recommend it as a resource for anyone engaged in urban ministry, and particularly for those involved in outer housing estates.

It is the fruit of several years Bishop Laurie had spent visiting, being in and listening…

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