The Newick Park Initiative (NPI) in South Africa was a Christian initiative which helped to build the trust and a shared national vision across the political spectrum in the years around the release of Nelson Mandela in early 1990. It also prepared the ground for the mediation of Professor Washington Okumu in 1994 which made possible the peaceful conduct of the first fully non-racial elections of that year. The relational principles governing NPI are a guide for Christian peacebuilding at a national level, applicable in other contexts as well.
This paper considers the pastoral and political role of biblical lament in the Christian life. The theology and practice of lament is often neglected in congregations, despite its prominence in the biblical text. Such neglect deprives churches of a pastoral resource and moreover, as this paper highlights, diminishes the church’s capacity for prophetic critique and political activism in the face of social injustice.
A series of stories in the news over the last few days could be summed up under the general theme of Integrity. The first that springs to mind is that of Conservative MP Mark Reckless who, in a fit of nominative determinism, has decided to defect to UKIP. He claimed the reason for his leap […]
Six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers signalled the beginning of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the UK’s bank balance is still heavily in the red. Although the economy is growing, public sector net borrowing came to £11.6 billion in August, adding to our already staggering total of £1.3 trillion national […]
What is reality? What is the meaning of human life? Why do we suffer? In this concise volume, international lecturer and pastor Ellis Potter explores three major worldviews that propose radically different answers to these eternal questions. In clear and compelling language, Potter shows us that the three worldviews, and the unique hope that each […]
This booklet offers a brief but comprehensive introduction to the Jubilee Centre’s work – a kind of ‘primer’ to our thinking.The Jubilee Roadmap shows two alternative directions of travel for eight major themes in biblical law: Family, Property, Community, Government, Finance and the Economy, Welfare, Rest, and Justice. One direction reflects the prevailing thinking based […]
Jubilee Centre and its sister organisation Relational Research are looking for someone to work approx. 10-14 hours per week to take responsibility for the organisations’ day to day financial matters including accounting, reporting and control activities. More details with a job description and application pack can be found below; for any questions please e-mail Sally […]
One of the earliest ventures of the Jubilee Centre in the area of international relations was the Newick Park Initiative (NPI), which helped to establish informal and confidential dialogue between leading members of the African National Congress (ANC) and the white establishment in South Africa prior to the fall of apartheid. The NPI held ten […]
This series of ten in-depth Bible studies from Mark’s gospel explore how Jesus met, encountered, and transformed different people’s lives and relationships.
In his plenary lecture to the Forming A Christian Mind 2014 conference, Prof Julian Rivers examines the idea of a secular university. The vast majority of British academics work in institutions which are, or which they assume to be, ‘secular’. Sometimes that assumption is expressed in ways hostile to Christian contributions to the scholarly enterprise. […]