'Blessed are the peacemakers' When I think of peace, I think of white doves, olive branches and conscientious objectors. Peace requires solitude, demands silence, tastes bland, and is the preserve of the feeble and naïve. Being passionate about peace feels somewhat like an oxymoron. 'Blessed are the peacemakers' Sometime this year someone said, "peace belongs … Continue reading making peace
Warning: currently only in draft form, suggested revisions welcome. Not long ago, I read an article which suggested target-setting for net zero on the basis of pragmatism is inappropriate because, just like ending the slave trade, climate change is about righting injustice, not about altering focus. In the case of slavery and apartheid - whether … Continue reading Global Apartheid and the era of climate breakdown
I remember doing my GCSEs and writing pat answers about the greenhouse effect. Little did I know that in my first year out of education I would see leading international climate lawyer Farhana Yamin, one of the authors of the October IPCC report, speaking twice in one week. She was speaking both at a Parliamentary … Continue reading How bad is Climate Change?
On Saturday I was part of another Extinction Rebellion action called 'Blood of Our Children'. Outside Downing Street, we dressed in black, and protesters willing to get arrested symbolically poured fake blood to draw attention to the loss of life which will result from rising global temperatures. https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ I had the privilege of speaking on … Continue reading Blood of Our Children
Cone writes about the crucifixion as a first-century lynching, and about how black people facing the state-endorsed terrorism of lynching identified with Jesus; they, "found in the cross the spiritual power to resist the violence they so often suffered" (p22).
UK Immigration rules and injustice
Continued from the previous post, the focus here is the theological implications of creation's place in the Biblical Narrative. What does the gospel have to say about the recent IPCC report?
In this post, I start from the very beginning. If you are familiar with the concepts of Creation-Fall-Redemption, then this post should hopefully depict the place of the Earth in the Biblical Narrative in an easy-to-follow way that will lay the groundwork for the next post. Caring for Creation and the Biblical Narrative Author Brian … Continue reading Creation and the Biblical Narrative
This week I have enjoyed the autumn light as I cycle back from work, had the joy of seeing Siân in Coventry, and have been trying to find my feet in the midst of change. This week I have been thinking about... ....identity, and the needs we have to be connected/respected/protected. That our identity is … Continue reading This week in thoughts
Jesus' anointing at Bethany: the heralding of a new spiritual, economic and political empire.
On how we oppose injustice by dehumanising dehumanizers or by constructing a notion of 'fighting for justice' as a battle in opposition to an 'other' + thoughts on a way out.
Not a place to retreat to, but equipment to go out in.