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Blog 1213 Mandela
NELSON MANDELA - THE PASSING OF A GIANT
What else is there left to say about Nelson Mandela? The news was full of assessments and reflections and accolades for many days after his sad death earlier this month. Hardly a bad word was said about him – and understandably so. I share the widespread More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1213 Baroness Warsi
'GLOBAL CRISIS' FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The outspoken Baroness Warsi has been at it again – advocating faith in her role as the first Minister of State for Faith and Communities. She has hit the headlines after a hard-hitting speech in the USA on the theme of religious liberty worldwide. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1113 Credit cards
'MAXED OUT' - THE PERSONAL CREDIT CRISIS REMAINS CRITICAL
Last week, on 20th November 2013, a challenging report from the Centre for Social Justice hit the headlines. The report, entitled Maxed Out: Serious Personal Debt in Britain makes for disturbing reading. It’s an analysis of both the level of personal More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1113 Philippines
THE PHILIPPINES CATASTROPHE - SIGNS OF HOPE AMIDST THE AGONY
I’m sure you were as moved as I was when news reached us of the sheer extent of the disaster that struck the Philippines during the recent freak storm. The city of Tacloban looked like a war zone, such was the devastation. The death, suffering and sheer More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1113 Taken
THE 'TAKEN' CAMPAIGN
Last month, on Friday 18th October, the UK marked Anti-Slavery Day. This annual event was established recently by Act of Parliament. It was both a day to remember the anti-slavery campaign of the early nineteenth century and a day to challenge the phenome More ...
Martin Charlesworth
CTCC13 Audience 2 300
FAITH FOR BREATH AGAIN
Well what a day that was! The Jubilee+ Churches that Change Communities conference began for me at 5.15am: collecting the team from Life Church Peterborough, before setting off for Manchester in the rain and dark. Maybe that thought alone might put off so More ...
Gavin Bateman
CTCC13 Audience
A PRETTY GOOD PLACE TO BE
350+ activists, world-changers and dreamers in a room in Manchester is quite a sight. People getting together to be inspired, challenged and empowered to change their local community. I loved it. I was part of the ‘Getting Started from Scratch’ seminar/wo More ...
Tom Bray
CTCC13 Ian Henderson
TRUE WORSHIP AND THE SCANDAL OF POVERTY
Do we know who our neighbours are? Do we know what those who live next door, across the street, around the corner, struggle with each day? Are we close enough to our neighbours for them to know we care? If we care. More ...
Danny Webster
Blog 1013 Conference
FIRST TIMERS ENCOURAGED BY JUBILEE+ 'CHURCHES THAT CHANGE COMMUNITIES' CONFERENCE 2013
This was our first time attending a Jubilee+ conference so my husband and I didn’t know what to expect. On arrival we were impressed at the organisation on the front door. All the badges were laid out, as was an information pack, for a seamless and More ...
Bonnie Lyne
Blog 1013 lights
A PROPHETIC KINGDOM
This is the concluding post in this four part series where I have been looking at the intriguing biblical concept of the Kingdom of God. So far we’ve looked at the Kingdom message, the Kingdom community and Kingdom compassion. Now we turn to prophecy. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1013 compassion
A COMPASSIONATE KINGDOM
In the last two posts we’ve been looking at the concept of the Kingdom of God as interpreted by the early Church. We discovered that Jesus’ proclamation of the arrival of God’s Kingdom was somewhat paradoxical but that, nevertheless, it produced powerful More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 130311 People
KINGDOM COMMUNITY - WHAT IS IT?
At the time that the Church started, society was very fragmented and divided across the Roman Empire. For a start, there were hundreds of thousands of slaves – most of whom served as domestic servants in richer households – but others worked in tough circ More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0913 Bible and compass
A NEW KINGDOM HAS ARRIVED!
From time to time on the Jubilee+ blog I take a break from the important job of reflecting on contemporary social or political issues and the activities of the church related to them. Sometimes it’s good just to go back to the biblical foundation for our More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0913 Cycling
THE TOUR DE FRANCE - A STORY TO BE TOLD, LESSONS TO BE LEARNT
OK, I need to admit it: I’m a cycling fanatic. I grew up riding a bike and have never stopped! Wherever I am, I think of a bike as the first possible means of transport to consider in order to get from A to B. So it won’t surprise you to find out that I w More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Credit Union
PAYDAY LOANS OR CREDIT UNIONS?
Payday loans have long been the target of animated criticism from politicians and church social activists. We’ve all been bombarded with the subtly attractive adverts of the loan companies who want to exploit the extreme vulnerability of consumers who are More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0813 Conference
WE WANT TO SEE YOU SOON - AT OUR OCTOBER CONFERENCE!
As far as I’m concerned, the national Jubilee+ social action conference is always a real highlight of the year. This year will be no exception – I’m sure! We always try to pack in a whole host of dimensions to the day as some of you will remember from pre More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0813 Fork path
SOCIAL ACTION OR PREACHING FOR SALVATION - DO WE HAVE TO CHOOSE?
Sometimes we retweet interesting observations made by others on the twittersphere. This one caught my eye recently: “Churches are motivated to support communities by faith, but are souls saved through social action?” Good question. In fact, more than More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0813 Town Hall
ONE IN FIVE LOCAL COUNCILS HAVE CONTRACTS WITH CHURCHES
About 200 Church leaders gathered in central London and heard inspiring stories of how churches across the country are engaging with local authorities ever more strongly to meet social need. Here’s an interesting statistic which may surprise you: 1 in 5 More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0713 African Market
OPPORTUNITIES FOR RELIEVING EXTREME POVERTY IN AFRICA: THE BUSINESS OF JOB CREATION
Today, from a small base a few years ago, there are over 100 fund managers of institutional quality investing into Africa, making tens of thousands of investments. Investing successfully in Africa requires the same skills, processes, rigour and judgment a More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog 0713 team photo
JUBILEE+ TEAM RETREAT 2013
Right in the middle of the recent July heatwave, the Jubilee+ team came together for our annual 'retreat' at the Wycliffe Centre in the Chiltern Hills. We all live very busy lives in different towns and cities, so it is a rare privilege to have enough tim More ...
Martin Charlesworth
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NEARLY 1 BILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT OF EXTREME POVERTY IN 20 YEARS
Given all the adverse publicity on poverty, one fact that we need to hear and to celebrate is that the world has lately been making extraordinary progress in lifting people out of extreme poverty. Between 1990 and 2010, their number fell by half as a sha More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog0213 Family
THE CHURCH AND FAMILY SUPPORT
I have written recently on the vital role of the family in the battle against poverty. Research has conclusively shown that family breakdown is a central factor in bringing about poverty in the UK – and we all know that family breakdown is on the increas More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog0712 Family life
THE CENTRAL ROLE OF FAMILIES IN FIGHTING POVERTY
Almost any school teacher will tell you that schools are only a secondary influence on the destiny of the children who study there. Teachers know from experience that it’s the family circumstances of the child that have by far the biggest influence on the More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0613 Pregnancy test
ABORTION IN THE UK - PART 4: WHAT SHOULD THE CHURCH BE DOING ABOUT IT?
The Church needs to be involved in addressing abortion on many fronts. It’s not all about the political process. One of the most important aspects of the situation is the constant reality that many women face serious challenges when they become pregnant a More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0613 ultrascan
ABORTION IN THE UK - PART 3: WHAT RIGHTS FOR THE UNBORN CHILD?
The ethical argument for the rights of the unborn child is generally made by those with a religious worldview in which God is the Creator and Sustainer of life and in which He has sovereignty over the beginning and end of each human life. In the Church th More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0613 IF Rally
THE BIG IF RALLY - THOUSANDS GATHER IN HYDE PARK
Saturday 8th June – it was a beautiful day in London. The city was bustling with life as Londoners and tourists mingled across the city, thronged to the parks and celebrated the arrival of summer. However, there were others in town who didn’t have too muc More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0613 Protest
ABORTION IN THE UK - PART 2: THE MAIN ARGUMENTS
Abortion has not been an easy issue to discuss over the years. Emotions run high on all sides. It appears that a lot is at stake. Some years ago I attended rally at Manchester Free Trade Hall in support of the ‘pro-life’ position. When leaving the venue, More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0513 Foetus
ABORTION IN THE UK - PART 1: WHERE WE STAND NOW
As readers of this blog will be aware, I sometimes write short series of posts on particularly important issues that are important even if they are not often in the news headlines. The recent series on human trafficking was an attempt to highlight the imp More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0513 Baroness Thatcher
BARONESS THATCHER'S GREAT MISCALCULATION
Baroness Thatcher’s recent death last month generated a huge amount of discussion in the press. All the old arguments over her policies, outlook and record have been rerun many times. There is little need to add anything new to what you will have already More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0513 things cost
FAITH + JUSTICE: ADDRESSING THE ISSUES
My previous post focused on the main speakers at last week’s Faith + Justice conference, but the seminars were a key part of the programme too. I attended the ‘Issues track’, starting with a seminar on human trafficking in the morning. More ...
Claire Musters
Blog 0113 Conference
FAITH + JUSTICE: A CHALLENGING CONFERENCE
“As a Christian politician I have felt unwelcome in churches during difficult votes.” That was the first statement of the day that really challenged me – but it certainly wasn’t the last. It was spoken by Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Nico More ...
Claire Musters
Blog 0413 Silouhette
40 MILLION VICTIMS
Now we are going to try to put some numbers into the story to reinforce the sheer scale of the issue. The numbers are hard to grasp. It is estimated that there are about 40 million victims of human trafficking in the world today: More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0413 Chained hands
THE SCALE OF MODERN SLAVERY
One of the hardest things to grasp about modern slavery (also known as human trafficking) is the sheer scale of what is going in around the world. Let’s take a hard look at a few of the key facts. One of the first things to work out is how many forms of t More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0413 Trapped
COMPARING SLAVERY THEN AND NOW
In this post I am going to compare modern trafficking with the enslavement of black Africans during the time of European imperialism in the Americas. The reason for making this comparison is that it will help us to understand the significance of today’s t More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0113 Conference
ISSUES SEMINAR STREAM AT FAITH + JUSTICE
We've got a cracking line-up of seminar speakers at the Faith + Justice conference. Lots of you are keen to get involved in the Issues stream, so we thought it would be useful to give you a bit more detail about it. In the morning the trafficking and en More ...
Chris Le Marquand
Blog 0413 Caught
MODERN SLAVERY
This is the start of a short series on human trafficking. No thinking person and especially no socially aware Christian will have any doubt that human trafficking is a serious modern problem. It is also one of the most barbaric forms of exploitation in ou More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0413 Cross
RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS AND THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Four UK Christians experienced problems in the workplace due to their religious views or practices, and ultimately took their legal cases to the European Court of Human rights (ECHR) after failure to gain redress from UK courts. These cases may become som More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0313 Release 2
WHAT'S THE REAL SITUATION WITH RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS IN THE UK?
There have been a number of high profile legal cases in recent years in which Christians have ended up in court due to an apparent clash between their personal beliefs and the law of the land. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0313 release 1
THE ONGOING CHALLENGE OF RELIGIOUS RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
We live in an age of rights. It is a dominant theme in politics and public thinking. A great deal of good work has been done in the past decades to advance the cause More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0113 Conference
A CONFERENCE FOR YOU...YES, YOU
Some people say that faith and politics don’t mix – it’s this sort of sentiment that has often influenced large sections of the modern Church, leading to a serious disconnect between the Church and public policy. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0313 Fish
GLOBAL HUNGER - TIME FOR ACTION
The problem of food shortages, hunger and starvation around the world constantly troubles the conscience of the church in the West. The focus is usually a particular crisis caused by warfare, drought or other natural disaster. Appeals go out, money is rai More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0213 Climate
CLIMATE CHANGE
There is a big difference between weather and climate. The weather is constantly changing from day to day – especially in temperate countries such as the UK with its seasonal variations. It’s a major topic of conversation. It can be a source of frustratio More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0213 Launch
'FAITH INFLUENCES, INSPIRES AND IMPELS AT EVERY TURN'
“People who do God, do good.” That was the message of Baroness Warsi last week as she launched the findings of Jubilee+ research into how churches engage with their communities. The Jubilee+ research found that members of churches in the UK give a st More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0113 Conference
AN EVENT TO GET EXCITED ABOUT
By Natalie Williams There aren’t many conferences about which I feel really excited, but looking at the programme for the Jubilee+ and Nexus Faith + Justice conference, there’s every reason to feel impatient for 27th April to arrive! More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog0113 Pew
CENSUS RESULTS: CHRISTIANITY IN THE UK IN DECLINE?
I wonder if you noticed the recent publication of the 2011 Government Census results. It makes interesting reading. The Government carries out a Census every 10 years. ome results are fairly obvious: the population is rising significantly; the ethnic mix More ...
Martin Charlesworth
2012 Survey
FASCINATING TRENDS IN SOCIAL ACTION 
A few weeks ago I was listening to Any Questions on Radio 4 and noticed with interest that one of the three main topics chosen was food-banks as a response to poverty in the UK. A lively discussion followed and food-banks were commended for their positive More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0113 Conference
STOP PRESS! FIRST JUBILEE+ FAITH + JUSTICE CONFERENCE
Those who read last week’s post will know that I mentioned an exciting new development for Jubilee+ – our first conference aimed specifically to equip Christians to engage with the world of politics and social justice! It is amazing how many times we have More ...
Martin Charlesworth
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HOW ABOUT A JUBILEE+ NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION?
Happy New Year to all readers of this blog! I really hope you enjoyed your Christmas. Here’s a question: have you made a New Year’s resolution? This is the time when people tend to think again about such things as fitness, eating habits, financial chal More ...
Martin Charlesworth
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As a result of Brexit, there are many people feeling disempowered. Whether they feel unheard or just angry at the situation, the outcome of disempowerment is the same. More ...
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