UK Faith

A Place For Faith In The Public Square? Grenfell Response Suggests There Is

Daniel Singleton | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

There are many issues which Farron highlights in his speech about how 'liberal society' appears intolerant of different view and beliefs. However, what yesterday shows in part, is that faith can play a positive role in the public square, as long as it is not cramped out by illiberal liberalism.

Tim Farron Supports A Disestablished Church Of England - He Was A Monument To Liberalism

Shudong Li | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Shudong Li

But it is time to dispel any rumours of Tim Farron's own illegitimacy due to his beliefs. He was a true Liberal, anyone who argues otherwise is merely carrying on the trend of illiberal intolerance.

This Is How Much Money British Muslims Donate To Charity During Ramadan

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

The donations were as varied as they were generous. One Muslim-led charity estimated its work over last Ramadan to have helped at least one million people. Other efforts helped those suffering drought in Somaliland and conflict in Syria. There were also local, community focused acts, including soup kitchens for the homeless and aid for those affected by last year's floods in Carlisle.

Compassion

Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Henning van der Hoeven

Although my situation (not being able to move and do things for myself), I still have people around me to do it all for me. I do not have to rely on the compassion of others to survive. Not everyone is so lucky.

The Pursuit Of Understanding My Faith

Rema Begum C | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK
Rema Begum C

When people looked at me, I no longer felt self-conscious. I felt empowered and true to myself. I believe I was able to implement the new knowledge I gained combined with what I was taught as a child, to help attain a sound understanding and an unbreakable connection with my faith.

To Hijab Or De-jab?

Shazmeen Khalid | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shazmeen Khalid

Before today, I was considering writing an article about the controversy of the hijab. I was considering writing about how so many people choose to wear the hijab despite the perturbing fear of being judged by different communities and for a multitude of reasons. But I was going to do that without admitting one thing which has been central to me writing it; I don't know if I want to continue wearing the hijab.

Can We Put Religion On Hold At Work?

Meliha Hayat | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK
Meliha Hayat

Being a Muslim woman, society has defined my life in many different ways, but one thing I can tell you, is that out of all of those adjectives, dull certainly won't appear on that list. We are always a focal point of discussion and let's face it my presence could liven up any dismal gathering. My very being is always brought to question, as many struggle to decide whether my hijab is a symbol of empowerment or mark of oppression.

Today Marks Six Years Since The Syrian Conflict Began

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

As the horrors continue in Syria and fighting is focused on religious and sectarian lines, it is vital that faith groups come together to help those most affected. This sends a powerful message that we are not a divided people but stronger when we work together in times of crisis.

Why Ash Wednesday Matters

James Dwyer | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
James Dwyer

Today the church welcomes the beginning of the season of Lent by marking Ash Wednesday. Across the world, Christians will receive the imposition of as...

Broken Not Rubbish: A Near Death Experience That Changed Us All

Daniel Singleton | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Singleton

My wife has suffered through many things- and I will be the first to admit some of that suffering must be as a result of being married to me! Nevertheless, she has been able to turn those trials into something good - in fact one has been turned into something quite beautiful.

Ice Cold, Heartwarming Wedding Day

Kati & Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kati & Henning van der Hoeven

More than once I have been asked: what I have that normal healthy woman don't. Well, the answer is a positive attitude and a smile. It is as simple as that. I am also asked very often if I do hope on a miracle. To tell the truth, the miracle has already happened.

I'm Allowed To Be Me Under The Laws Of The Land, But Why Won't The Church Bosses Accept Me Too?

Jonny Freeman | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Freeman

Next to no changes, acceptances or even considerations have been made in that report. Keep to the status quo, don't change, ignore any concerns and bravery from those who said 'Yes, I'm gay and I love God. So what.'

What About That £350Million? Some Suggestions For Life Beyond Brexit

Daniel Singleton | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

After months of the constant cry for Theresa May to lay out her Brexit strategy, in the past two weeks we have heard more. Unsurprisingly I don't feel any more in the know! I didn't expect to be - revealing your negotiating position is a bit like playing poker with your cards laid out in front of you.

Child Migrants, The Vulnerable And The Voiceless

Pope Francis | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK
Pope Francis

On the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees, I feel compelled to draw attention to the reality of child migrants, especially the ones who are alone. In doing so I ask everyone to take care of the young, who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves. I ask everyone to help those who, for various reasons, are forced to live far from their homeland and are separated from their families.

Religious Selection In Schools: Why Should You Care?

Lucy Unwin | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Unwin

Segregation is damaging for everyone. It's damaging for the minorities who could find themselves excluded from the best schools, but also for the kids with parents of the "right" faith. Wouldn't every child benefit from mixing with a variety of children from a variety of backgrounds?

Who Is Kati?

Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Henning van der Hoeven

Kati is my wife. Kati is the young woman who suffered a stroke in 1995 and since that has been almost entirely paralyzed. Kati is a woman that has spent almost her entire adult life trapped inside her body. Kati is also the person that knows how to enjoy life at the moment to the fullest making the most of each and every day.

Thoughts On Social Cohesion Following The Recent Publication Of The Casey Report

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Freeman

Following the publication of the long-awaited review of integration by Louise Casey, I want to spend a little time considering its findings and implications.

Integration: We Think We Might Have Found The Answer!

Daniel Singleton | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

It would be easy enough to see faith and language as insurmountable barriers, but these two negatives can come together to provide a solution for integration if we access the assets or social capital present across faith communities.

Interfaith Week: The Value Of Religious Dialogue In An Increasingly Secular Age

Ed Kessler | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Ed Kessler

There is a contradiction at the heart of the role that religion plays today in our national life. On the one hand, the number of people describing themselves as non-religious has increased dramatically - from one in eight in England and one in three in Scotland in 2001 to almost half the UK population today.

Rosmawati, Rubbish And Her Tree

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

Sitting on the breathtaking cliffs of Phuket for lunch one stormy afternoon and discussing heavy subjects such as self-realisation and politics, my new friend Ammy suddenly piped up, "Picking up rubbish.

Belief Isn't The Problem... Practice Is!

Daniel Singleton | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Daniel Singleton

Belief is a challenge, there no doubt about that. Many find that their faith is taken aback by the things we see around us and the circumstances of life. Often the most earnest question asked of Christians is 'how does a good God allow such suffering?'

Never Give In

Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Henning van der Hoeven

I've long told bemused friends that I'm not afraid of being haunted and that I actually think it would be quite cool if it happened. Whilst some say that they would rather die themselves than be visited by the dead I don't see what all the fuss is about.

Greenbelt 2016: Simple Times, Sacraments & Ceefax

Joe Ware | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Joe Ware

There's not many festivals that can boast a line up which includes a Tibetan electric lute player, a former hostage and the Archbishop of Canterbury. But then there aren't many festivals quite like Greenbelt.

Fretting - Is It Really Worth It?

Natalie Savvides | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Savvides

Personally now with that mind-blowing wonder of hindsight, I can look back over the past twenty odd years, if not more of my life and I have to question whether the constant fretting that I seemed incapable of stopping served any purpose whatsoever.

Towards The "Poorest Of The Poor"

Luca Badetti | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK
Luca Badetti

The legacy of Mother Teresa, born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in 1910 in present-day Macedonia, still lives throughout the world and her image is a source of encouragement and inspiration for many, but also of skepticism and criticism for some. There is a simplicity of service towards the poor that can be learned from her example, without having to idolize her.