Author Archives: Elspeth Paisley
The FaithAction Manifesto 2019: part 1
The team here have been searching for a term that encompasses our thinking on some of the concepts that we believe need to be embraced by society in our current climate. We think we’ve come up with one. There’s a huge desire for change across […]
Faith: the golden thread in society #MyManifesto
I was invited to a local community group last week. I spent time talking to a mixed group of people, ranging from an older man who suffered from schizophrenia to a 15-year-old school refuser (let’s call him Tommy) both of whom had discovered a sense […]
Serving our local communities
The thing that all faiths have in common is the recognition of the need to reach out to the “widows and orphans” in our society: those who find themselves in a difficult position and who need some support to get back on their feet again. […]
Can online digital platforms ever replace real community?
The answer from sections of the platform at the #exploringbelief conference that I attended a few weeks ago was a resounding no! I am inclined to agree. Justin Brierley, of Premier Radio, reported that the famous Christian theologian, NT Wright, in answer to a listener’s […]
Love and Marriage
Every February 14th across the UK, flowers, gifts, chocolates and cards are exchanged in honour of St Valentine. Legends are varied: telling of a medieval poet who first established the romantic tradition and a Roman priest who performed secret weddings against the wishes of the […]
How do I set up a Facebook page for my faith group – and why should I?
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 […]
What makes media social?
Faceache, Twitbook, Instamatic…What?! I don’t even know what people are talking about – even less why I should use them. They’re all for teenagers right? Why can’t people just pick up the phone? Sound familiar? It certainly elicited a lively discussion and question time with […]