Do you struggle to see how all the strands fit together and where faith comes in? Are you interested in debating some big ideas with friends over dinner?
Here are some thoughts to get debate flowing.
I’ve been trying to work out whether faith should make us champions of injustice or whether we should concentrate on the basics of life like prayer, family and Bible study group.
Here it is April already and there is that familiar feeling that the year is racing away.
But there is an even bigger sense of urgency when we remember that this week on April 5th we will pass the 1000 days landmark on the way to meeting the global goal to have extreme poverty by 2015.
It’s International Women’s Day on the 8th.
For educated women in the West with many opportunities, the day might seem redundant, but being female is still a huge struggle for survival and dignity in many parts of the world.
Women in the north of Democratic Republic of the Congo just want to live without fear.
Last Monday, retired Anglican bishop, Rev Dr Zac Niringiye, was arrested and detained in Kampala for distributing materials denouncing corruption, to students at Makerere University in Kampala.
Many Christian women (and men) have become distrustful of feminism: it can sound very strident and can relegate men to the sidelines, and while western feminists talk loudly about reproductive rights they don’t place those rights alongside the responsibilities of family relationships.
But recent news stories of the violence and hatred facing many women just because they are female, remind me that we need some Jesus feminism. We need to be advocates of the rights and equality of women. When Jesus defended the woman caught in adultery or spoke to women as equals, when he took time with widows and praised the faith of the woman who washed his feet with her tears, he was advocating for the rights of women. Sadly his message is needed just as much today.
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