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Politics/Two steps forward, one step back? Asylum and religious freedom

Following the Home Office’s refusal of asylum to an Iranian Christian convert, our country’s response to those fleeing persecution for their faith is again under scrutiny. As the discussion continues, we look at the progress we’ve made on this in the past, and how we can still improve. According to…

28 March 2019
John Coleby

Society/Breaking down barriers

But, what if someone cannot access courts or advice and the protection they may offer? In this case, access to justice becomes as much an issue as the laws themselves. Bearing this in mind, how have Christians, children of a just God, approached this issue of access to justice and the problems…

29 August 2019
John Coleby

Prayer/Praying for our leaders

Join with us as we pray for our political leaders and civil servants as they navigate the course to our future relationship with the EU. "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may…

10 January 2019
John Coleby

Politics/Syria, hope and forgiveness

The Independent reports that at least 30 British children are living with their mothers in refugee camps in northern Syria, often in poor conditions. The Government’s decision follows controversy around Shamima Begum, which I wrote about here This fresh decision has reopened the debate. No one…

15 August 2019
John Coleby

Politics/Free to disagree

So, as we explore freedom in this edition, and I, more specifically, consider freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, I’d like us to revisit this hot topic and think about how discussion of these values has informed policy in the past few years, where these discussions might be going wrong,…

1 July 2019
John Coleby

Politics/Heading to the hills?

After a frenzied campaigning period, polling day itself is rather strange. Generally, electoral rules prohibit broadcasters and other media outlets from reporting on an election campaign or predictions until the polls close. Our plethora of political pundits, who are used to making predictions and…

23 May 2019
John Coleby

Society/Love and justice after terror

Now, with the movement largely defeated, Begum was discovered by a Times journalist in a refugee camp, pregnant with her third child (having lost two other children during her time in Syria). In an interview with Anthony Lloyd, she said that she wanted to return to the UK. On Tuesday it was…

21 February 2019
John Coleby

Prayer/Prayer amid political disagreement

Some would say that the road to unity is apathy; if our political, or indeed theological, differences are trivial, then working together is easy. But this is an unreal response to the real world: cheap unity like cheap grace. Significant political decisions have a real impact, particularly on the…

14 February 2019
John Coleby

Politics/Is muscular liberalism on steroids?

‘Muscular liberalism’ is a phrase which has prompted some discussion in recent weeks. Framed as the opposite of weak and passive multiculturalism, the term rose to prominence under David Cameron, who said in a 2011 speech: “Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and a…

15 March 2018
John Coleby

Politics/Civil society and the church: have your say

Civil society is a broad term, and is described in the consultation as ‘all those outside of the public sector, who share the mission of building a stronger society and improving lives.’ In the UK, the Christian church is right at the heart of this mission. Tracey Crouch, the minister for civil…

19 April 2018
John Coleby

Society/Human rights and the advent of hope

Last Monday marked International Human Rights Day, on which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is celebrated by countries around the world. This year was a particularly significant celebration, as 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration in 1948. Among the…

13 December 2018
John Coleby

Politics/Religious freedom: Asia Bibi and the Home Office

The past few weeks have seen the UK’s asylum system come under scrutiny in how it promotes global religious liberty. Two very different situations present a mixed picture: that of Asia Bibi in Pakistan and training for Home Office officials on asylum claims on grounds of religious persecution. With…

15 November 2018
John Coleby

Discipleship/Autism Hour: for the sake of others

This week, the National Autistic Society (NAS) has been encouraging businesses to participate in their Autism Hour initiative. In the course of this hour, shops turn down any music and lights, avoid any sudden announcements, and distribute information about autism to employees and customers.…

12 October 2018
John Coleby

Politics/Religious freedom: enforcing, empowering or reclaiming?

We’ve noted a few times now that 2018 is the 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). So far there’s been a fair amount of reflection about where we are with human rights in this country and what still needs to be done. Here I take a look at three different…

20 September 2018
John Coleby