Then there is the issue of personal autonomy and the fact that our body belongs to us, not to the government or NHS. So while it may be very worthy to donate organs after our death, we alone should make the choice.
Going Beyond The Rhetoric: Unpacking The Role Of Faith Leaders And Institutions In Humanitarian Action
10 years ago the president of the Methodist Church challenged me in the east of Sri Lanka following a humanitarian crisis
I'm a serial entrepreneur and the founder of a global digital education content company, specializing in cross-cultural issues. I also happen to be a minority female from a traditional culture. I mention that fact last because it's the least relevant reason as to how and why I became an entrepreneur and how I run my business.
Rejection - one of the harshest parts of life. If there is one experience that all we humans have faced in our life that
In today's social landscape, where we are witnessing the re-emergence of alt-right groups, the seemingly never-ending rise of extremist groups, and an increasingly-out of touch governments introducing misplaced anti-terror schemes, surely it's never been more important to have diversity in our schools, to ensure our future leaders are open-minded and well-informed.
Celebrations are underway in every part of the world in response to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the
My university bookcase is the best example of how all this exists together. Next to well-worn feminist literature from Laura Bates to Iris Murdoch is my Bible; each loved, each with an important place in my life.
Yazidis are clearly exercising huge resilience. Their private faith and their religious leader are a great source of strength during this time of crisis. They form strong bonds within their community, but remain disconnected and untrusting of local people and organisations.
Maybe it's just me, but it seems that people politely avoid the vicar when they can. Being a priest is fine in a church, obviously. People expect a person in a dog collar and, as a general rule, respect them. But in the outside world -- and particularly on the comedy circuit -- a vicar is the spectre at the feast; an alien, deluded simpleton who belongs to the Dark Ages.
Faith is a complex, deeply personal and equally polarising force, it has the power to damage or enhance one's mental health. The complexities of gender are increasingly acknowledged, both physically and emotionally. If faith leaders can communicate acceptance and provide a welcome, then communities will have the opportunity to support some of the most vulnerable individuals in their societies.