Improving Society…

Just read an article in Faithworks newspaper (it’s not online yet though) by Bob Holman, in it he articulates his vision for Christian involvement in society, interestingly he comments on the issue of consumerism. Here is what he said, “…Christianity has insights and objectives which would improve society. One example must suffice. Our country is gripped by the culture of material greed and consumerism. Consumerism creates a selfishness in which many want to be affluent, even if this means that others are in poverty. Jesus spoke more about the evil…

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Too little there, too much here

Doing my daily review of news on the BBC and came across this story about disappearing islands in the Bay on Bengal, the interesting thing at the bottom links to a story of how population growth is outstripping food supply, complicated by a shift in the US to growing bio-fuels such as ethanol instead of producing food. So while we have too many overweight people in the UK and the US, people are starving elsewhere and the situation is set to get worse. There are lots of complicated and expensive…

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Stopping the Traffik

Off to bed but just time to upload some more stuff about slavery (I’ll review the film Amazing Grace soon as well). Here’s the text of Rowan Williams’ sermon and if you want to hear mine click here. Two great organisations campaigning on this are Stop the Traffik and Anti-Slavery. All credit to Daniel Bedingfield for doing this video with Stop the Traffik.

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Turn Off the TV

Some friends and I in Breathe are supporting a US campaign to turn off the TV if only for a week. TV while occasionally enjoyable more often than not can suck creativity and imagination right out from your brain. Instead we live life and experience relationships through a screen, we talk about what we have watched rather than what we have thought or done, we engage not with reality but with fiction (soaps) and we pass up the chance to talk or think to instead be passively fed. I can…

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Mother's Day, Consumerism and Slavery

It’s all in the news at once and because it’s Mother’s Day I’m in a hurry or I’ll be late for tea. So consumerism wrecked Mother’s Day – true, read the history here A whole host of facts on the abolition of slavery and modern slavery here and here. I’ll post more links in coming days… And for a whole host of articles from the BBC on these issues head to this article from the Green Room which makes me feel guilty for not having done anything about our food…

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Peace at any price?

It has always seemed to me to be faulty logic to secure peace by investing in weapons. So the news that the British parliament has voted to spend huge sums of money on a weapon system no one wants to use, against enemies we don’t have, in a situation we can’t foresee for ends we can’t justify is both disconcerting and distressing. One of the issues I have with the ‘ethical movement’ is that it too often remains a private affair. Yet while ethics and ethical living may be intensely…

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