Does it Matter Where our Christmas Traditions Came From? – Towards a Positive Genealogy of Christmas.

by Chris Lynch Amidst the rituals and tropes associated with celebrating Christmas, thinkers and commentators occasionally intervene to highlight how Christmas as practised in 2017 Britain is in some important respects culturally specific, politically problematic, and not as straightforwardly wrapped up with ‘authentic’ Christianity as commonly assumed. Motivating these interventions seems to be the thought […]

Theology: A Weapon

by Samuel Mellish   It is undoubted that in attempting to build any society, notions of tolerance and respect must be established. Yet, not just for efficiency and cohesion, but so as to allow a society to inaugurate new philosophies and theologies, as perspectives mix and learn from one another. These provide cultures, excitement, and […]

Responding to the Refugee Crisis: how faith communities can help to welcome asylum seekers and refugees

by Alex Taylor I was recently asked to attend a discussion evening in Manchester about the local response to the refugee crisis. It was an event organised by the Student Christian Movement, and featured a guest speaker who worked for a local charity that helped refugees and asylum speakers to start new lives in the […]