Shanley Mc Connell

Shanley McConnell

Assisted suicide would lead to more suffering, not less

17 December 2021The Bill proposes that “a person diagnosed with a terminal illness is given the choice to end their own life by means of medication provided by a doctor for that purpose”. It defines someone who is terminally ill as “having a progressive disease which can reasonably be expected to cause their death”, as diagnosed professionally by a registered practitioner. We are struck by the word “expected” as it implies a lack of certainty. Although medical professionals work diligently to provide…

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Give marginalised a voice to build climate future

13 December 2021To build the vision of COP26, government and private-sector organisations have developed work programmes, projects and networks that give voice to both young and marginalised peoples, which allows them to advocate change for themselves and their communities. We believe that this a beautiful, critical part of making valued socio-economic growth related to climate change, and we are calling church leaders to uplift marginalised members within their church communities as they speak into the…

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COP26: The church's role in this season of change

31 October 2021Under the co-presidency of the UK and Italy, thousands of member representatives and official negotiators from more than 200 countries, businesses, NGOs, unions, and faith communities will contribute significant research and intercultural insight into COP26 delegations. Moving with momentum from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which was published on 8 August 2021, world leaders will develop and negotiate methods for addressing current climate change crises. We are…

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