Chris Ringland

Chris Ringland

Originally from Northern Ireland and now based in Scotland for the past 5 years, Chris joined the Evangelical Alliance in 2019. He recently graduated in Geography & Politics and is working towards a Masters degree in Public Policy alongside his work in the Scotland office. He is passionate about bringing Jesus into the public square and the potential for politics, communities and culture in Scotland to be transformed by the gospel. Outside of work, he loves sport, reading and The West Wing, and is constantly justifying his support for his beloved West Ham United

Redeeming the time

24 June 2020In Ephesians 5, Paul, pretty much, does exactly that, as he encourages the church to “look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17, ESV). I love the NKJV translation of verse 16: “redeeming the time”. Granted, with schools closed and physical distancing measures in place, lockdown has made many busier than usual, perhaps with…

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Scottish Government Route Map: Phase 2 & the Church in Scotland

18 June 2020 The following conditions had to be met to begin Phase 2: The virus must be controlled;The R infection rate must be consistently below 1;The 6 World Health Organisation criteria must be in place (including capacities to test, trace and isolate, preventative measures established in workplaces and the risks of exporting and importing cases from communities with high risks of transmission are managed);Any signs of resurgence will be closely monitored as part of enhanced community surveillance but…

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What today's lockdown easing in Scotland means for your church

28 May 2020In order to enter the first phase, the following conditions had to be met: The virus has not yet been fully contained, and there is a continued risk of overwhelming the NHS capacity without lockdown restrictions continuing;The R infection number has been below 1 for at least 2 weeks prior and the number of infections starting to decline;Sustained reductions in hospital admissions, ICU admissions, and deaths;Testing capacity increased alongside the implementation of digital systems for contact…

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Scottish Government responds to Evangelical Alliance joint letter

20 May 2020We were delighted by the positive response from the Government. Aileen Campbell, cabinet secretary for communities and local government (directly responsible for faith and belief), wrote back to us, thanking Scotland’s faith communities for how they have provided support for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities across the nation throughout the pandemic. The cabinet secretary also outlined how the Scottish Government is continuing to engage with faith leaders and communities to…

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Seizing this opportunity to witness in the community

13 May 2020Over the past five years my time has been split between Scotland and Northern Ireland, and this travelling back and forth combined with the coronavirus crisis has given me much food for thought about what a blessing local community is in our lives. Many of us, and within my generation especially, spend much time thinking globally in our, indeed, increasingly globalised world. In so many ways this is a fantastic - we pray for and take part in world mission to fulfil the great commission and…

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Holyrood's response to the coronavirus pandemic

6 April 2020On Wednesday, 1 April, the Scottish Parliament unanimously passed the emergency Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill. Its purpose was primarily to make changes within Holyrood’s devolved powers of housing and justice, and it was introduced, amended and passed within a single day. These are the key changes: Housing The minimum notice period that landlords must give to private and social tenants has been increased to six months for the vast majority of circumstances. This is intended to relieve pressure…

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Public Leader Scotland: Weekend update

6 February 2020The diversity, breadth of experience and potential amongst participants in the room made for an incredibly inspiring weekend as we engaged with guest speakers and prayed together.The newly-appointed UK director of the Evangelical Alliance, Peter Lynas, opened the weekend with a session on engaging culture, showing us how Jesus’ love for the world speaks right into our culture in the west, one which is dominated by the idea of ‘progress’, individualism and consumerism. Using the example of…

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The ‘Luanda Leaks’ and our desire for justice

23 January 2020The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists were given access to more than 700,000 leaked documents about dos Santos’ financial activities which led to the charges being made against her. Her father is former Angola President José Eduardo dos Santos, who was in charge from 1979 to 2017 - and it was this connection that was at the heart of the allegations. The ‘Luanda Leaks’ centre around dos Santos’ alleged role in a series of suspicious business deals involving eye-watering…

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A new year at Holyrood

16 January 2020It feels like something of a new season in politics across the United Kingdom as December’s General Election saw a new UK Government established with a significant majority. This matters because it meant that the UK’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement duly passed by 99 votes last week, ending the uncertainty of whether Brexit would actually happen or not. It also proved to be a catalyst for the restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive in Stormont, and gave Prime Minister Boris Johnson renewed…

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Responding to the Circular Economy Bill

11 December 2019Until the 19th December next week, everyone in Scotland has the opportunity to contribute to the Scottish Government’s consultation on their proposed Circular Economy Bill. The Scottish Government’s Consultation Hub is accessible and makes it possible for individuals, churches or charities to respond to legislative proposals with ease.In light of the increasing recognition that our planet is being damaged by both the way we do business within our economy and our own individual consumption…

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A different contest north of the border

3 December 2019Yes, this is the “Brexit election”. But here in Scotland, the question of independence is also very much in people’s minds as they think about how they will vote on 12thDecember.Brexit and IndependenceSince the 2014 independence referendum, the UK Government has devolved further powers to the Scottish Parliament on the recommendation of the Smith Commission (eventually passed into law as the Scotland Act 2016). With the recognition that many local issues are now being decided at Holyrood,…

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