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Blog 1212 Nativity
WHO'S CHRISTMAS FOR?
I wonder what this Christmas means to you. Inevitably Christmas evokes a whole range of emotions that can be disguised underneath the upbeat sentimentality, intense busyness, party culture and consumerist binge that all seem to overtake the nation at this More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0911 Newspapers
ABORTION HITS THE HEADLINES
Twice in recent weeks the ever-controversial issue of abortion has hit the headlines in rather unexpected ways. Just in case you don’t remember how this happened, let me briefly remind you. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1212 Desmond Tutu 3
WHAT TUTU CAN TEACH US?
Careful readers of my recent posts on Desmond Tutu will notice that I have not said much about many aspects of his fascinating and varied life – nor his theology. His theology is certainly not strictly evangelical and there areas in which I would disagre More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1112 Desmond Tutu 2
NO FUTURE WITHOUT FORGIVENESS
It was a momentous day when Desmond Tutu agreed to take on the leadership of the proposed South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Tutu’s commitment to the path of forgiveness was well known. He had always unashamedly based his convictions More ...
Martin Charlesworth
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THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF DESMOND TUTU
Desmond Tutu – part 1 I still have vivid memories of living and working in apartheid South Africa in the late 1970s. Racial segregation was universal and discrimination and injustice prevailed. While in South Africa, I was introduced to the writings of More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1112 Box Preacher
THE CHURCH AND SOCIAL CHANGE
I have been thinking for some time about how societies are transformed – and what role the Church can take in such a process. It’s a controversial area to discuss. Evangelical Christianity in the West was, in general, fairly passive in social issues durin More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1112 Christian Aid logo
CAMPAIGNING FOR TAX JUSTICE
There are so many campaigns out there, aren’t there? These days you can have a campaign for almost anything! My experience is that you can only keep up with very few at any one time. Church people, in particular, can be bombarded with requests for support More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1012 Mosque
FRESH IDEAS AND VISION IN TURKEY
I have just returned from the recent international conference for the various ‘spheres’ of the worldwide Newfrontiers church family. The conference took place near Izmir in Turkey and was attended by more than 400 leaders from over 50 More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1012 Tweets
GETTING CONNECTED - NETWORKING AT THE JUBILEE+ CONFERENCE
One of the Jubilee+ team's biggest priorities for our national conference, held earlier this month in Bedford, was to ensure we provided plenty of opportunities for delegates to network. Feedback from our inaugural event in 2011 confirmed to us that you p More ...
Natalie Williams, Jubilee+ team member
Blog 1012 Roof
WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE OF YOU? KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE JUBILEE+ NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2012
After some stirring prophetic words encouraging us to march to the heartbeat of God, Gavin Poole, the founding trustee of GB Job Clubs, spoke to the conference about changing the communities in which we live and thereby transforming the country. More ...
Andrew Westerman, Jubilee+ team member
Blog 1012 Wall
CAN CHURCHES CHANGE COMMUNITIES? A DELEGATE REVIEW OF THE JUBILEE+ NATIONAL CONFERENCE  
Can churches change communities? Yes, they always have done and they will continue to do so as Christians take seriously the mandate to be salt and light at all levels of society. With this in mind I looked forward to the second Jubilee+ conference, this More ...
Richard Wilson, Jubilee+ conference delegate
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BIG PICTURE AND LOCAL CONTEXT - SEMINARS AT THE JUBILEE+ NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2012
“Really helpful.” “Great stories.” “Inspiring.” “So much to take in.” “Thought provoking.” “Useful for networking.” These were just some of the comments made about the seminars at the Jubilee+ Churches that Change Communities conference last Saturday (6t More ...
Geoff Knott, Jubilee+ team member
Blog 1012 Conference 2012
ENERGY, UNITY + PASSION - JUBILEE+ NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2012
There is always a lot of work involved in preparing for a big conference – this year’s Jubilee+ national conference Churches that Change Communities, held in Bedford on Saturday, was no exception. However, I can say without hesitation that it was well wor More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1012 Woodland
GREAT SUPPORT FOR JUBILEE+ AT NEWFRONTIERS NORTH 2012 CAMP
Jubilee+ is sponsored and supported by Newfrontiers churches in the UK. In particular, we now work under the leadership of the Newfrontiers ‘North’ team led by Jeremy Simpkins. Interestingly, the ‘North’ group of churches has just changed its name to ‘Chr More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0912 London 2012 logo
WHAT CAN THE CHURCH LEARN FROM THE OLYMPICS?
London 2012 Olympics – part 3 This is my concluding post on the Olympics. Now I’m going to reflect a little on the ideas and encouragements the Church can take from the recent Olympic experience, in terms of our social agenda. Above all else, the O More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0912 Volunteers for Olymp
LEARNING FROM THE OLYMPICS
London 2012 Olympics – part 2 Many of us have our Olympic stories – of what we got to see or what we didn’t… as the case may be. I told you my story in the last post. But once all the euphoria and excitement has died down, what can we really learn fr More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0912 Tower Bridge with Ol
JOINING IN THE OLYMPIC PARTY
London 2012 Olympics – part 1 So what did you make of the London Olympics? Even if you are not a sports fan, I am sure you were excited and interested in what went on. For sports enthusiasts it was a bonanza that seemed to go on and on. My wife and More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0912 Newday
A GENERATION WITH COMPASSION
It was my great privilege to be invited to Newday 2012 Christian youth camp to deliver a seminar on ‘Jesus + Loving the Poor’. I have to confess that I wasn’t sure how many teenagers would come along to the se More ...
Natalie Williams, Jubilee+ team member
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A TEAM ON THE MOVE - THE JUBILEE+ VISION IS GROWING!
Picture a peaceful conference centre set in the woods of the Chiltern Hills north of London. Then add the six members of the core team of Jubilee+ and two other advisors. Now put these eight people in a conference room equipped with flipcharts, whiteboard More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0812 Harvest
THE YEAR OF THE CO-OPERATIVES
Did you know that this is the official UN International Year of the Co-operative? It hasn’t exactly hit the headlines, but it’s really worth thinking about. How much do you know about the co-operative movement? Here are a few interesting facts and figures More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1011 Jubilee  Logo
JUBILEE+ - AN EXCITING FUTURE
Jubilee+ - An Exciting Future So where exactly did Jubilee+ come from? Whose idea was it in the first place? Well, I can trace it back to a conversation I had with the UK leader of Newfrontiers churches at the time, David Stroud. In the summer of 2 More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0712 Hand
SOCIAL JUSTICE STARTS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH
Salvation, Justice and the Church Community – part 2 This is the second post in a mini-series. I am looking at some significant teachings of the apostle Paul from the New Testament, which help us understand the nature of the church as a community and More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0712 Bible
A RADICAL COMMUNITY
Salvation, Justice and the Church Community – part 1 Most of the readers of this blog will be aware that it is written from an explicitly Christian point of view. If you are reading this and don’t share that outlook, I am really glad you are interested More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0712 Homeless Man
A HEART FOR THE POOR
I am often asked a question such as this:“How do I get a heart for the poor?” What a good question. I wish I knew a simple answer – I don’t. But I do have a few insights that may help. Let’s start with the assumption that you are a committed Christian. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1011 Jubilee  Logo
TAKING STOCK - UPDATE ON THIS BLOG
I suddenly began to think about the passing of time the other day. I was shocked to realise that this blog has been up and running for nearly 18 months. As you will have noticed, I tend to post about once a week. As with most blogs, many of my readers More ...
Martin Charlesworth
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EMPOWERED FOR IMPACT
Jubilee+ was set up by Newfrontiers UK to equip churches to engage more effectively with their communities and, particularly, to help them increase their capacity to serve the poor. We do this through a More ...
Natalie Williams, Jubilee+ team member
Blog 0712 Oxford
STRONG CURRY + 'HOT POTATOES'
I have visited Oxford three times in the past year. This is a pleasure for me because I used to live there when studying at the university. I know the city well and love to go back there. I’ve been there at the invitation of EmmanuelChurch, led by my More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0612 City scene
WHERE THE RUBBER HITS THE ROAD
Environment part 6 It is about time that I began to get a bit more specific about the key facts. For me, environmentalism is rooted in two fundamental realities. Firstly, Christians are called to be good stewards of the environment in every culture More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0612  Waste
SO WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE ENVIRONMENT?
Environment part 5 The embracing of environmentalism in the West during the past few decades has been one of the biggest cultural changes we have experienced. I am old enough to remember the days before we were ‘green’ or ‘ecological’ or ‘environmental More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0612 Earth from space
EVERYTHING REDEEMED!
Environment part 4 Those of you who read my last post will probably be thinking that I packed rather a lot of big ideas into a very small space – and you are right! So I thought it would be good to slow down a bit and try to unpack some of the things I More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0612 African Girl
AN UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITY
Have you ever had a sudden and unexpected invitation – an invitation that potentially opens up new doors and opportunities? It’s quite exciting, isn’t it? Well, a few months ago an email popped up on my screen inviting me to a conference organised by More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0612 Vegetation
STEWARDING THE EARTH
Environment part 3 There are all sorts of different reasons for people to be concerned about the environment today. Some are conservationists, some are focused on the issue of natural resources, some are motivated by climate change, and so it goes on. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0512 Renewable Energy
TAKING THE PLUNGE
Environment part 2 In my last post I gave you a brief introduction to my early interest in environmentalism and how it came about. However, interest is different from action. I am always bothered about the danger of having a huge gap between what people More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0512 Winter landscape
MY JOURNEY TOWARDS ENVIRONMENTALISM
Environment part 1 It was a bright summer’s day in 2004. I took the train from my home in Shrewsbury on the Mid-Wales line. It’s a great journey filled with outstanding views of the beautiful Welsh countryside and, later, the lovely Welsh coast. It was More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0512 Cogs
SOMETHING EXCITING BREWING IN LONDON
Every so often I have a great opportunity to plug into something exciting that I just stumble over by accident, as it were. This happened to me recently when I was invited to join The Cinnamon Network, based in London. What a strange name, I hear you More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0412 Satellite Dish
THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF THE 'BIG SOCIETY'
“Hello Sir, who are you representing today?” “Barnabas Community Church,” I said as I scanned the pages of labels that were being dispensed at the conference registration desk. I didn’t spot another church name. Interesting. What I did spot was an More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0412 Tins of Food
MOBILISED FOR SOCIAL ACTION
I’ve just come back from a wonderful day in Prestatyn. No, I wasn’t on holiday or lying on the beach. I was a guest at Mobilise the Newfrontiers four-day conference for students and 20s, held at Pontins holiday camp and led with enthusiasm and skill by More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0412 Plant
DOING BUSINESS, DOING GOOD
I have just returned from London where I have been helping to host our first ever conference dedicated to the issue of social enterprises. This conference – Doing Business, Doing Good – really was an experiment. It arose out of the survey my Jubilee+ More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0312 Credit cards
CAPITALISM - THE BEGINNINGS OF A CHRISTIAN CRITIQUE
Part 2 Last week I wrote about how Christians can make a constructive critique of capitalism. I am trying to get beyond the slogans and finger-pointing gestures of many church leaders when they attack disgraced bankers and others. We need to have More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0312 Financial Sector
CAPITALISM - THE BEGINNINGS OF A CHRISTIAN CRITIQUE
Part 1 No one really disputes that capitalism is a very energetic economic system. The freedom of economic activity and the incentive of gain are such that many are strongly motivated to get involved in creating wealth, investing resources and taking More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0312 RH Tawney
CAPITALISM TODAY - A CLOSER LOOK
In recent posts I mentioned the Occupy protestors who have been encamped outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London for several months. Well, recently I decided to visit them while I was in London. I had good conversations with articulate and determined reside More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0212 Berlin Wall
CAPITALISM TODAY - COMMUNISM IS NO MATCH FOR IT!
In this post we are discussing communist economic systems. I first heard about communist economics from history and economics textbooks. I was studying the Russian revolution at the time and was amazed at the sensational expectations of the early More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0212 Protest
CAPITALISM TODAY - EVERYONE WANTS IT!
It is always hard to get a healthy perspective on a system that you live in. We are all part of the capitalist system and we actively participate in it. It’s just that sometimes we don’t think about it very much. Some Christians argue against capitalis More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0112 Table
DOING BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL BENEFIT - AN INVITATION
I am sure many of you will remember two posts I wrote a few months ago about social enterprise. Well, this post is an update and an invitation! First, the update: Business is in the news all the time recently due to the difficult economic situation More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0112 Foundations for Farm
FOUNDATIONS FOR FARMING
Poverty in Europe part 4 If you have been following the last three posts you will see that I have been reflecting on my long-term involvement in eastern Europe and helping churches there to provide real support for disadvantaged groups within their More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0112 Pigs
MOVING OUT OF DEPENDENCE
Poverty in Europe part 3 I have been visiting eastern European countries for many years, as you will have read in the last two posts. As a church, we have been seeking to help those trapped in poverty. Much of this help has come through charitable work More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0112 Countryside
A JOURNEY TO UKRAINE
Poverty in Europe part 2 In my last post I began to explain how I became involved in eastern Europe. I visited Romania many times during the mid-1990s and my church was involved in helping churches there to reach out to the poor in their communities. T More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0112 Baby
LOOKING INTO THE EYES OF ORPHANS
Poverty in Europe part 1 I am writing this post on an aeroplane as I travel back from a visit to Ukraine in November. Ukraine is pretty cold right now as the winter is setting in. Temperatures sank to -12C at times as my friends and I travelled around More ...
Martin Charlesworth
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