Tag: Relational

Life begins at 30: taking Jubilee thinking from preparation to impact by Michael Schluter

Life begins at 30: taking Jubilee thinking from preparation to impact by Michael Schluter

Jubilee Centre Founder and Life President Michael Schluter speaks about the charity’s origins and history, its changing role and potential future impact as it looks forward to the next 30 years. Listen online or download the audio version here: Listen to this episode

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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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Is Capitalism Morally Bankrupt? Five moral flaws and their social consequences by Michael Schluter

Is Capitalism Morally Bankrupt? Five moral flaws and their social consequences by Michael Schluter

    Summary Many Christians accept Capitalism as broadly in line with biblical teaching. Its economic success appears to vindicate attribution of its origins to Christian theology.[3] This confidence in Capitalism as the best available economic system has meant that Christians have failed to recognise that it is one of the main drivers of social […]

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Enhancing humans or a new creation? by Denis Alexander

Enhancing humans or a new creation? by Denis Alexander

Summary Enhancement involves giving abilities integral to the body beyond those we would normally consider a human to possess. Transhumanism is an influential philosophy based on human autonomy in which enhancement technologies play a central role. This paper summarises transhumanism, describes the scope of current enhancing technologies, and provides a Christian critique, presenting the biblical […]

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Towards an understanding of Jesus by Christopher Pain

Towards an understanding of Jesus by Christopher Pain

  In this pioneering report by Chris Pain, he argues that given Jesus teaching about the priority of relationships, we have much to gain from studying how Jesus conducted his own relationships. In addition, this paper makes initial suggestions as to the method by which the gospel accounts can be studied so as to open […]

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Sunday under threat (again)

Sunday under threat (again)

Michael Clark, March 2006 Major retailers like Next, Asda and Tesco are pressing for extended Sunday trading hours. Are 150 hours each week (out of 168) not enough? (REUTERS/Toby Melville) For the first time in 12 years, Sunday trading is again a key topic in the media. Numerous phone-in and discussion programmes have already looked […]

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The hidden dimension

The hidden dimension

Michael Schluter, September 2004 When on holiday at the Kenyan coast this summer I went snorkelling inside the reef. Under the water is another world, where a whole host of sea creatures live in and around the coral: multicoloured fish, sea-slugs and snails, eels and scorpion fish. Looking from the cliffs you see the different […]

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Obesity: causes and cures

Obesity: causes and cures

Michael Schluter, March 2004 Obesity in Britain is a rapidly growing problem. Since 1980 the number of obese people has trebled. It matters not just because it is generally associated with low self-esteem, but also because it increases the risk illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Obesity is estimated to cost the NHS £500m a […]

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Rethinking relationships in the church

Rethinking relationships in the church

David McMillan, June 2003 ‘Love the Lord your God… [and] love your neighbour as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.’ (Matthew 22:37–40) This insight is behind the Jubilee Centre’s emphasis upon right relationships as central to human well-being and our attempt to evaluate issues through a relational lens. ENGAGE […]

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Relational Justice by Nicola Baker & Jonathan Burnside

Relational Justice by Nicola Baker & Jonathan Burnside

  Relational justice is a fresh vision of what doing justice means in a society where relationships are being undermined and undervalued. It turns the spotlight on one of the goals of justice which is to restore and repair human relationships damaged by crime. Relational Justice grew out of a concern to re-examine the meaning […]

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The relational causes of crime by Jubilee Policy Group

The relational causes of crime by Jubilee Policy Group

  This paper considers the relevance of Relational thinking to an understanding of the causes of crime. Relationships are regarded as a distinct category of social analysis and the natural forum within which societies and individuals strike the balance between choice and obligation. Relational proximity, it is argued, is essential to the good self order […]

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