UK Faith

Misery Is Not a Reality

Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Henning van der Hoeven

My name is Kati. I had a stroke in January 1995, and I have been almost entirely paralyzed with no meaningful movement or able to talk since. I have Locked-In Syndrome, I am trapped inside my body. Let me share a little secret with you;

misery is not a reality; it is a state of mind.

It's Time to Lift the Fog and Describe a Vision for Tomorrow

Daniel Singleton | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

There was a sober tone to Boris Johnson's and Michael Gove's response to David Cameron's announcement that he would step down after the EU Referendum, as well there should be, after the painful campaign we have had. What became apparent over the past few months, was that this referendum was a proxy, not for or against austerity or Cameron's government, but instead it was about what sort of country we wanted to be.

The British Response to Refugees - The Better Side of Us

Daniel Singleton | Posted 19.06.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

What is clear is that the referendum debate is not a narrow discussion of whether we want to remain in the EU or not. Underneath the presented issues of In and Out, the civil war in the Conservative party, the loss of the working class by the Labour party and the near silence of the Lib Dems, is a more fundamental question - what sort of country do we want to be? Neither Remain nor Leave has won the moral high ground, as neither of them has tried to take it.

Learning the Lessons of a Sustainable Ramadan

Fadi Itani | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Fadi Itani

Ramadan is a special season; for a Muslim charity the usual focus is on fundraising, where a charity can receive between a third and a half of its annual income. But for many working in the charity sector, it is a time where they reconcile their relationship between those in poverty, and their relationship with God.

As a Welsh Woman of Faith, I Am Voting to Remain and Here's Why!

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sahar Al-Faifi

Anyone, regardless their faith, race, gender and background ought to be treated equally and the EU provides a prominent avenue to promote such equality amongst its members, setting an aspiring global model and for this I am voting for the UK to remain in the EU.

'Talk to Me' by Qasim Rashid Is a Wake-up Call for America Today

Tahir Nasser | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Tahir Nasser

I'll admit that I picked up Qasim Rashid's latest book "Talk to Me" with a little apprehension. I had no fear of the quality of his writing. My appreh...

Transgender and Faith

Jonathan Romain | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK
Jonathan Romain

It has been astonishing how quickly the transgender issue has leapt from obscurity to centre-stage in public conversation. And now Barack Obama has given Presidential profile to it by advising schools to let transgender children choose which category of toilet they wish to use...

Was Jesus For Real, and Is He Returning?

Tony Lobl | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Tony Lobl

Humanity needs the Christ too much for humble hearts to give up on God and sacrifice the hope of genuine, Christian healing.

'What Is England?' Asked St. George

Daniel Singleton | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

It's one of those amusing quirks of history that we have a national patron saint who never visited England, would not have spoken the language of these isles at that time and probably could not even name this little island - which was not to be known as England until another 500 years after his death.

The Strength of Everyone Else

Kevan Chandler | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kevan Chandler

My parents took in the words, the concerns, the information. They sat there in a cold room, surrounded by doctors, and they decided to be strong.

In the Face of Atrocities We Must Never Forget the Good Faith Does

Leon Spence | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Leon Spence

Religion of course has its failings, the whole notion of many faiths is that they are built upon the imperfections of humanity. But it is all too easy to forget the good that millions upon millions of those with faith do each and every day around the globe.

Faith, Care and End of Life - Rubbing Along Together

Daniel Singleton | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

My Granddad's final words to me came after I had prayed with him, - I thought he wasn't really conscious but then my mum and I heard him say 'Thank you' - it was the same gruff thanks I remember whenever I gave him presents at Christmas time as a child. I have to confess it was a moment to shed and happy sad tear. He had been aware, had appreciated my small action, and was resting again.

Surprised That Faith Has Been Endorsed by a Health Minister?

Daniel Singleton | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

"Faith reaches people when nothing else can," he said. I agree. As he developed his theme of faith's reach and endurance he focused not only on those suffering with ill-health but also on their carers - so often drawn from and supported by faith communities, even if the support is simply listening over a cup of tea.

Don't Take the Mick

Daniel Singleton | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

In the end we all know that if we are truly generous, we will be taken advantage of. Our fingers will be burnt. But some of the people I have been most impressed with are those who have given and done what they think to be right, even when their generous posture has been abused. Their position is not based on passing emotion, but on conviction.

Muslim Women Are Showing David Cameron How #TraditionallySubmissive They Are

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK

Muslim women are uploading photographs of themselves in graduation gowns and helping in their communities in protest at comments made by David Cameron...

English Language and Community Cohesion Isn't Just a Muslim Thing

David Taylor | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Politics
David Taylor

It was former DCLG Minister Sir Eric Pickles who once said "Without English, you can't belong" and it was on that basis that programmes across the country began to build communities using English language teaching.

Tell Me Anything and I'll Show You How It's Health!

Daniel Singleton | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

The real change that needs to take place is a recognition and engagement among those who plan and direct services: the commissioners. When FaithAction first became involved with the Department of Health, we were invited into a number of policy settings

Angel

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

On 28 August 2014 I sponsored a puppy called Angel. Angel is a gorgeous golden retriever. She is yellow, furry and confident. Angel is being trained as a guide dog. I'm sent regular "pupdates" by the Guide Dogs, a charity which does important and massively empowering work.

What I'd Tell Her Daughter About Heartbreak

Adele Barlow | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Parents
Adele Barlow

Fast-forward fifteen years; her mother and I sit on the couch; this little girl is now at university but home for the holidays and she walks in and bursts into tears, freshly dumped by her boyfriend.

You Can't Fit Hospitality in a Box - Refugees, Communities and Integration

Daniel Singleton | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Daniel Singleton

It is the very nature of our modern news cycle that while the crisis remains, our attention has been moved on. The Paris attacks, the parliamentary vote to bomb Syria, the ructions in the Labour Party and now Christmas and the EU renegotiations all serve to distract the media and therefore us.

Homelessness - It Isn't Just for Christmas

David Taylor | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
David Taylor

You see, homelessness isn't just for Christmas. That man outside your railway station with a cardboard sign, that you are suspicious about, will still be there in the New Year. But then so will the faith groups, silently, below the surface. Homelessness isn't just for Christmas, neither is caring about it.

Where Are Our Leaders Of Cohesion? Ten Points to Ponder and Act Upon

Stephen Shashoua | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Stephen Shashoua

Here we are again, another stream of tragedies with lives, families, and communities torn apart. The loss of life last week at the hands of Daesh numb...

Why Faith Is a Solution Not a Problem

Daniel Singleton | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Daniel Singleton

In the light of the recent terror attacks in Paris, it might not seem the best time for this blog about the positive nature of faith; I did pen in before the most recent incidents. However, on the other hand maybe this is just the right time to put out this opinion, to exercise freedom of expression, in favour of faith. No one should be cowed into a corner at a time like this unable to express thought and opinion.

Starbucks: The Grinch That (Didn't) Steal Christmas

Emma Yeomans | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Yeomans

This is a time of year when my faith is not just tolerated, but happily shared by people of other faiths or none. The entitlement of somebody standing up and complaining about a cup - a cup! - when their faith is so openly embraced is staggering, and shows a complete disconnect with some of the harsher aspects of life. Please, let us enjoy Christmas in peace and goodwill, without these petty complaints - it is the season for it, after all.

I Am Forgetting to Live

Maliha Reza | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

I hope both you and I read this in a few years and realise we learnt how to live in our own ways. I hope we learn more every day and I hope memories that we made become (in time) something we come to treasure rather than despise.