Over the next month millions of Muslims across the world will be observing fasts during the month of Ramadhan (the Islamic month of fasting). Fasting is a very important component in Islam; it is one of the five main pillars that make up the values of the religion and is also seen as a practice that is good for the soul.
And as I (along with thousands of others) plan to travel to a muddy field in a far-flung corner of my Diocese in the early hours of Monday 15 June 2015 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the "greatest constitutional document of all time", I do so with renewed confidence in the role of the Church and the Judeo-Christian tradition in shaping the values of our democracy
I have watched the spread of violent extremism and jihadism across Europe and the UK with dismay, particularly given my history of experiencing threats, abuse and harassment by Muslim fanatics. This personal concern, mixed with my curiosity as a film-maker, inspired me to look beneath the surface of these movements: to talk to the people involved - to try to find out how and why they became radicalised.
I do hope that many more who call themselves followers of Jesus may choose to offer a tithe of their blood as a gift to strangers whom they will never knowingly meet as a natural act of faith, asking in return only a cup of tea and a digestive biscuit.
In the centre of Prishtina, Kosovo's main city, there is a wide pedestrian boulevard parallel with the bustling lines of cars on Agim Ramadani street, where people promenade. It has the languor of a small Mediterranean town on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It is lined this time of year with strawberries piled high.
I would suggest that as a nation we have not only failed to embody the values that were once thought of (probably inaccurately) as being peculiarly associated with these islands, but we have succumbed to a set of characteristics that are all too prevalent throughout the modern world.
Religion and its role within business is something which fascinates me and is not a topic I feel is widely discussed.
Have you ever dreamt about exploring the cultural treasures of London but wondering how to access it and get immersed in these wonderful universes?
"Bosnia is a beautiful place which is in sharp contrast to the evidence of the conflict which is still very much there. Sarajevo is peppered with bull...
I want to fast. I really do. However, I am ashamed to admit that I don't want to fast for God. I am not there yet. I still want to fast to lose weight. I want to fast because everyone else would be fasting and that makes me feel triggered.
As an atheist parent can I let off a sigh of relief? Not really because if you want your children to immerse themselves in the virtues of humanist liberalism will I not be also criticised for indoctrinating them?
enying people the right of association based on an ideological factor, among other things, sets a dangerous precedent. To conclude, I do regret various factors connected with organised religion, but that does not mean that the very principle of it is regrettable.
Why are young people leaving Europe to fight for ISIS? They are looking for somewhere to belong.
I savour a present, a thoughtful gift, I don't want something for the sake of tradition, and I want to give others presents I've pondered over, or that I've spotted in a shop and instantly know they will love. That's the message my religious and non-religious family gave me.
We all know that mocking someone's religion - especially in polite social situations - is taboo. When it comes to someone's 'unbelief', however, it se...
The convergence of the UK party manifestos on religious freedom is a positive development for sure. But to translate this domestic political pressure into effective foreign policy, the government should fold religious freedom promotion into a broader strategy of understanding and engaging religion in international affairs.