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….

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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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Hindutva Women

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‘For several decades, women’s involvement in various expressions of Hindu nationalist violence has been the centre of controversy in India. The national media has given enormous coverage to the actions and ideologies of political priestesses who have emerged as prominent leaders within the movement. Whether it was Sadhvi Rithambara’s venomous speeches urging Hindu men to be virile and eliminate “the Muslim threat”, or Sadhvi Pragya’s alleged involvement in orchestrating the bomb blasts that shook Malegaon, a small town in Maharashtra, the imagination of Hindu nationalist women as “home-grown terrorists” has continued to capture the attention of the nation. Ordinary Hindu women are also placed at the heart of communal politics, as right wing rhetoric consistently blames the Muslim community for being historically untrustworthy, carrying out “riot rapes”, and promoting hatred against majority religious communities…..’

To carry on reading please click on the link – Hindutva Women…..

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Global Cities Are The New Frontiers

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Saskia Sassen is one of the most important urban sociologist of the last twenty years. Here work focuses on the the ‘global city’ as a centre for the marginalised to gain a new space of resistance. Her work has clear implications for all who seek to build new urban liberation theologies. Here she speaks about the global city as a new frontier….