UK Faith

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.

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.