Tag: Community

Online study programme

Online study programme

The Jubilee Learning Community consists of people who are keen to learn about the biblical vision for society and explore its application today through Relational Thinking. This is organised around a ‘blended learning’ approach that combines self-study with weekly group discussions online.

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Seeking Europe’s shalom

Seeking Europe’s shalom

by Jeff Fountain When Judah was taken into exile to Babylon, God’s instruction to the Jews through Jeremiah was to seek the city’s shalom, or well-being and harmony. What then might God’s word to us be today as ‘exiles’ in what many see as a post-Christian, secularised Europe? Surely it is also to seek Europe’s […]

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Call for wider access to Faith Schools

Call for wider access to Faith Schools

by Mary Brown The Bishop of Oxford solicited widespread and varied reactions when on Good Friday the TES published an article in which he expressed his desire to see the number of places reserved for children from church-going families in Church of England Schools limited to 10%. Some, especially secularists, saw this as a positive […]

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Legalisation of Assisted Suicide

Legalisation of Assisted Suicide

John Hayward, June 2010 The arguments for legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia are in the process of imperceptibly changing from a duty of compassion towards the suffering, into the right of self-destruction for the hopeless. They are predicated on a potent individualistic delusion of isolated autonomous choice, a refusal to acknowledge the reality of our […]

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What are we really buying into?

What are we really buying into?

The spirit of our age is captured by offers of interest-free credit, invitations to “Buy one get one free” and slogans such as “I did it my way”, “Time for change” and “Yes we can!” … but have you ever stopped to ask what we are really buying into? This short video invites you to […]

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Beyond Capitalism: Towards a Relational Economy by Michael Schluter

Beyond Capitalism: Towards a Relational Economy by Michael Schluter

Western societies face economic decline and political instability due in significant part to the five moral flaws of Capitalism and their severe social consequences.[2] A radical new economic vision is urgently needed. This paper proposes a way forward through five strategies: embed relational values, strengthen household balance sheets, empower extended families, engage capital providers and entrust welfare to local communities. These changes are mutually reinforcing because they all reform economic life so as to strengthen personal bonds in the local and wider communities. They point towards the Christian vision of a ‘Relational economy’.

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More on Building a Relational Church by Gordon Dalzell

More on Building a Relational Church by Gordon Dalzell

In this second of two talks, pastor Gordon Dalzell asks what we need to do in order to build relational churches and considers the impact of church life on social reform.   Listen to this episode    

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Building a Relational Church by Gordon Dalzell

Building a Relational Church by Gordon Dalzell

This talk by Gordon Dalzell was recorded at the Singapore consultation: Towards Jubilee 2015.   Listen to this episode  

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How to create a relational society: Foundations for a new social order by Michael Schluter

How to create a relational society: Foundations for a new social order by Michael Schluter

    Summary In an earlier Cambridge Paper (September 2006), a biblical ‘Charter for Humanity’ was proposed within a ‘relational framework’. This second paper seeks to answer the question, ‘How do we move towards relational well-being?’ The place where the Bible sets out the foundations required to create a society of right relationships in terms […]

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Transforming community relationships by Michael Schluter

Transforming community relationships by Michael Schluter

Michael Schluter, June 2006 About two years ago I was invited by five Anglican ministers from Camberley in Surrey to explore how I thought they could influence the Camberley community with Christian values for the sake of the gospel. After meeting with the ministers several times, we agreed that a possible way forward was to […]

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Honour and Shame by David McIlroy

Honour and Shame by David McIlroy

  Summary Contemporary Western society suppresses the concepts of honour and shame, although they re-surface in its media in a theatre of the grotesque. Honour reinforces good behaviour through appeals to a shared morality, while shame penalises bad behaviour through disgrace and exposure. The Bible offers a different social vision, in which honour is respected […]

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The ‘homelessness’ of modern Britain

The ‘homelessness’ of modern Britain

Paul Williams, March 2004 The housing market is once again at the forefront of the news headlines in the UK. Many economists have regarded the housing market as the saviour of the UK economy, as house prices continued to rise throughout the global recession that began in 2000. This has enabled consumers to raise extensive […]

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And who is my neighbour?

And who is my neighbour?

Nick Spencer, July 2003 Five years ago my neighbour died 15 feet away from me. I learnt of his death only two days later when I saw a young woman clearing out his flat. He had suffered a massive heart attack and died on the phone to the ambulance. I hadn’t known his name. Two […]

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Gender co-operation: some implications of God’s design for society by Michael and Auriel Schluter

Gender co-operation: some implications of God’s design for society by Michael and Auriel Schluter

  Summary There is much tension and unhappiness in contemporary gender relations. This was not God’s original design. Men and women were not intended to be separate or to compete but to co-operate. Despite the tensions resulting from the Fall, gender co-operation creates immense opportunities since men and women were designed to be interdependent. Gender […]

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Building a Relational Church

Building a Relational Church

‘By this shall all people know that you are my disciples, if you love one another’ declared Jesus, in John 13:35.  Local churches are called to be examples of loving relationships – but often they fail to do that!  One reason is that they are not intentional about putting good and right relationships – with […]

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