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Blog: A place for faith in the public square? Grenfell response suggests there is.
By Daniel Singleton
There are so many legitimate responses to the terrible fire at Grenfell. We have seen care and compassion, but there will also be a need for inquiry and justice. The local community responded practically with food and clothes, so rapidly that some reception centres had to ask for the temporary halt of spontaneous giving. And in far too short a time, our emergency services have once again been called into action. It feels at the moment that we are at war with disaster, and there is certainly a spirit of resistance. The role of people faith should also be commended. Whether this be the Muslims, awake because of breaking their fast, who raised the alarm and woke their neighbours, or the churches, Gurdwaras and temples which have provided places of coordination, shelter and comfort; faith has very much been active in the community, making a positive contribution. In the midst of horrific pictures of the burning tower, (which itself plucked at the long buried emotions related to 9/11), there were also positive images on our TV screens; mattresses were carried into shelters, and the one woman - not someone with the appearance of wealth - packed up her wardrobe to…
Blog: How do I set up a Facebook page for my faith group – and why should I?
By Elspeth Paisley
The great thing about social media is that it’s… social. It not only connects people who are already friends, it allows you to have conversations with people who you don’t yet know, but who share common ground; or to discover common interests that help you to connect and build a relationship. In fact, the main thing that social media does is open up conversations. Last time we discussed social media, we looked at a few of the top ‘platforms’ that you might want to consider using. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to check one or two of them out. If you have, let us know what you want to know by emailing email@example.com – and we’ll attempt to answer your questions in a series of articles here. This time we’re plunging into the world of Facebook and will explain how to set up a Facebook page for your faith group. How often have you wished you could quickly let all your friends – and their friends – know about an event that you’ve got planned, without spending time and money on invitations, postage, flyers, banners…? Or hold an informal philosophical discussion at the drop of a hat? How often do…
Blog: Up for the taking... a vote!
By Felicity Smith
I'm a registered voter, always vote and take pride in having my say at the polling booth! More recently I've taken joy in taking my son to tell him the importance and explain why we do it. However, I'm sick of politicians. I'm sick of them trying to bring each other down in the most silliest of ways. He said this, she said that, they didn't answer the question, blah blah blah. I'm currently reading a book about Barack Obama written by the person who was his faith advisor during his first campaign and also through his years in the White House. I also had the pleasure of being in a small crowd witnessing Obama talk when I was in the States a few years ago. Now I'm not saying that Obama was perfect—no leader is—but he was a leader. There is no leader currently in UK politics. There are some great MPs with leadership capability (I know a few) but they aren’t leaders of the parties, and some MPs with some great things to say get reduced to childish games and one-upmanship which seems to reduce them to school children. Why has politics gone this way? Why is Twitter…
Blog: Manchester Attack Fails As People Open Their Doors
By Daniel Singleton
Wouldn’t it be good if the lasting image of the Manchester bombing was that homes, hotels and taxi drivers opened their doors to those who were in distress and trying to escape the horror? What a superb counter-response to this act of terror - if what was intended to bring fear and separation instead results in openness and therefore vulnerability. There is nothing so powerful as opening your door to a stranger and allowing their distress to affect you. It is a re-enactment of the Good Samaritan, who did not serve someone he knew but reached out to a stranger and showed solidarity in a shared humanity. This incident takes place in the middle of our general election campaign. It’s as if this act is a sick reminder of the privileges and freedoms we enjoy in Britain today. Here we are, in the midst of a period of time when the people have a direct opportunity to determine government and - to some extent - the direction of the country. And here we are, with an act of terror aimed at those very freedoms we are in the middle of exercising. Our right to free association, freedom of expression, or…
Blog: Five Handy Hints For Weddings, Conferences And Running Events
By Daniel Singleton
1. Remember it’s not your day! Whether it’s your wedding, birthday party, family meal or conference, it is always key to remember that it isn’t just your day – well, unless you are planning on just having hologram friends there! When I was trailing around after my fiancée to the photographer, venues, florist etc, I got quite miffed with the constant reference to my bride and ‘her day’ – “Oi! I’m here as well!” of course it’s about more than the couple, there were to be other people there as well. The honeymoon was for us; the other stuff is for others to celebrate with us. Ever get to the end of your birthday party and feel exhausted? You’ve been running around chatting, filling glasses, introducing people, laughing at your father-in-law’s jokes. That’s the joy of holding an event, you’re host, make it work for everyone else first then sit back afterwards and enjoying that feeling of success. When it comes to conferences, or other more official events, your mind needs to be in two places at once. Ensure the event is running smoothly, but also be ready to grab opportunities that only come when you are leading an event.…