Thursday, 27 May 2010

Remembering the Forgotten



Who remembers you? Who remembers me? Does anyone?
Made in the divine image we need to feel, to sense
that others, our sisters and brothers, remember us.

If we are forgotten we are unheard and unseen and in
a video age we perhaps cease to exist....

In a UK context where are the forgotten people, the
invisible ones? Those who live in the shadows as
asylum seekers, those who live as statistics on
welfare or on neglected outer city estates, those
who make their bed in shop doorways...

Within the Christian tradition we follow a man who
was a refugee, fleeing with his mum and dad to Africa.
We follow a man who had no place to lay his head, a
man executed outside the city wall next to Jerusalem's
rubbish dump...And yet the Church that takes Jesus' name
has become a multinational corporation...What might it
mean if we again became a rootless Kingdom movement?
Might we remember the forgotten ones more clearly,
those like the peoples of the Horn of Africa whom
Ethar Relief support....

Check out their web site and then ask the question
Jesus askes in Matthew 25....When I was hungry/homeless/
naked/a stranger did you feed/welcome/clothe me?



http://www.etharrelief.org/content/about-us

Friday, 21 May 2010

The New Slavery....



http://www.openhorizon.org.uk

In a world where markets have been prised open
by the irresistible power of globalised capitalism
walls keep people in, but mostly out.

And yet people are shifted like cattle, like the
slaves of the Atlantic Triangle...Webs of violence
enmesh us, compromise us, involve us all...Women made
in the sparkling divine image, promised a new life
then sold into the slavery of 'house-servant' for the
new global elite or the abusive spiral of forced
prostitution...Where is God? Where are Her people?



What might the new politics' in the UK have to say
about the trade in human beings, and more to the point
what might the 'new' politicians' do? What should we do?

This web site, sponsored by the Methodist Church in
the UK offers ome ideas....One race, the human race
Check out the site and get active....

Thursday, 13 May 2010

What does in mean to be 'English' in C21?

Here is one take from the singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg....
video

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Friday, 7 May 2010

ORGANISING FOR JUSTICE: CITIZENS UK


The campaign that led to the election of Barak Obama
as the 44th President of the USA just over a year ago
is rooted in a powerful vehicle for social justice -
community organising.

For the last 20 years community organising has
been slowly growing in the UK, especially in
London and Birmingham. Linking faith communities,
schools, trades unions and community groups broad
based community organisations in the UK work on
grassroots political lissues. Last week in the closing
days of the 2010 General Election campaign the
Citizens UK General Election Assembly at Methodist
Central Hall in Westminster drew over 2,500 people:
all part of Citizens UK. At the assembly the leaders
of the three main political parties, Gordon Brown,
Nick Clegg and David Cameron were confronted with
a new way of doing politics....from the bottom-up.

In this Blog we get a sense of where community
Organising is coming from.Might it be that in C21
it offers a new model of liberation theology for a
multifaith society? Check it out and see what you think....

http://citizensukblog.org