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Featured: A Relational Response to Climate Change

Climate change has mobilised a new generation of social activists, some going to extreme lengths to highlight the threat to the planet. However, in this new book, published by our partners Sallux, Calum Samuelson argues that human life is inherently relational; we're dependent on our fellow human beings and on all natural life. He suggests that we need a relational economy that is ecologically responsible, where meeting the needs of all of humanity is more important than increasing profits for the few.

 

For more details - and to order this book - click here.

Cambridge Papers

Reducing Disaster Risk: creation care and neighbour love

By Amy Donovan September 2021     ‘Floods are “acts of God” but flood losses are largely acts of man.’[1]   This paper uses current ...

Surveillance Capitalism: the hidden costs of the digital revolution

  June 2021 By Jonathan Ebsworth, Samuel Johns, and Mike Dodson     We are in the midst of a digitally-enabled industrial revolution. As ...

After the virus: is it time for a debt ‘jubilee’?

By Paul Mills     The concept of a societal cancellation of debt has an ancient heritage that includes the seven-year cycle of debt ...

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December 2021 is a season of change for Jubilee Centre. After 10 years of leading the work of the charity, its Director, Jonathan Tame, is stepping down to get involved in the challenges around housing in Britain. At this event he offered a retrospective of what the Jubilee Centre has been able to accomplish over the past decade, and outlined the most significant things he has learned during his tenure about the calling of God’s people to be salt and light - and what it takes to engage in biblical social reform today. Some of

Jubilee Centre's Trustees also offered their own reflections of the past decade, and looked forward to the future of Jubilee Centre as its new Director takes over.

You can find other videos from the 2021 Seeds of Change conference here.

Seeds of Change 2021 Day 5: Seeds of Change in Jubilee Centre

December 2021 is a season of change for Jubilee Centre. After 10 years of leading the work of the charity, its Director, Jonathan Tame, is stepping down to get involved in the ...

The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in an acceleration in the adoption of technology. From basic services - such as online grocery shopping, Amazon deliveries, Zoom conferencing, FaceTime and Deliveroo - to the rapid rise of personalised digital services - including online GP appointments, Covid test QR codes, and even vaccination passports - we are witnessing the rapid digitisation of life, changing public consciousness, and acceptance of new technologies in the last two years. Where is this breakneck innovation leading us?

In this session we shed light on three specific areas of interest in this new world: health and data, Surveillance Capitalism, and avenues for practical action. These avenues look at institutional reform, as well as changing our habits to develop a ‘rule of life’ that ensures we are the masters of our technology, not the other way round.

You can find other videos from the 2021 Seeds of Change conference here.

Seeds of Change 2021 Day 4: Mastered by Technology?

The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in an acceleration in the adoption of technology. From basic services - such as online grocery shopping, Amazon deliveries, Zoom conferencing, ...

The Covid-19 lockdowns led many people to a greater awareness and appreciation of nature and the environment around them. The recent disruption of food supply chains is causing us to question our present food systems in terms of food security, environmental sustainability and ethics. At the other end of some supply chains are low-income countries reliant on agricultural and commodity exports. Here, the pandemic has exposed a similar set of vulnerabilities, with both farmers and consumers at risk.

This session explored how two community agriculture projects are seeking to raise awareness of the connections between food systems and the environment, and to reduce the alienation between people and the land which both produces their food and contributes to their mental health and wellbeing.

You can find other videos from the 2021 Seeds of Change conference here.

Seeds of Change 2021 Day 3: Food Systems and Environmental Disconnection

The Covid-19 lockdowns led many people to a greater awareness and appreciation of nature and the environment around them. The recent disruption of food supply chains is causing us ...

Some businesses have thrived through the pandemic, while others have floundered; of those, some have been able to access government funding, and some not and have gone under. What role does business play in wider society? If businesses receive public support, what do they contribute in return for the good of society?

This session explored the social purpose of business and considered how companies can incorporate social purpose into the heart of what they do and how they do it.

You can find other videos from the 2021 Seeds of Change conference here.

Seeds of Change 2021 Day 2: Four Good Reasons to Go Into Business

Some businesses have thrived through the pandemic, while others have floundered; of those, some have been able to access government funding, and some not and have gone under. What ...

National policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic have prompted dramatically higher levels of government borrowing in several higher-income countries, financed by further rounds of central bank asset purchases (QE). In the wings, Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is tempting finance ministers with the notion that government borrowing can be almost limitless – provided it doesn’t cause inflation, but is it really the solution for government finance?

What about debt on the opposite end of society, at the household level? We hear about a campaign to cancel Covid-related debt and from an organisation supporting people who are drowning in debt.

You can find other videos from the 2021 Seeds of Change conference here.

Seeds of Change 2021 Day 1: Government Deficits, QE Forever and the 'Magic Money Tree'

National policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic have prompted dramatically higher levels of government borrowing in several higher-income countries, financed by further rounds ...

Whatever the outcome of the 2021 COP26 climate conference, it's already clear that we must face the consequences of climate change that are already on track, especially climate-related disasters.

Our online Facing the Climate Crisis event was based around a live presentation of our latest Cambridge Paper, "Reducing Disaster Risk: creation care and neighbour love" by its author, Amy Donovan.

A specialist panel discussed the issues raised, including some of the tensions around climate action.

To read the original paper click here.

Cambridge Papers Live: Facing the Climate Crisis

Whatever the outcome of the 2021 COP26 climate conference, it's already clear that we must face the consequences of climate change that are already on track, especially ...

We are in the midst of a digitally-enabled industrial revolution. As with all previous revolutions, this one is attended by by both benefits and perils.

This online live presentation of our latest Cambridge Paper, "Surveillance Capitalism: the hidden costs of the digital revolution" describes and examines the business model called "Surveillance Capitalism" and demonstrates its intrinsic dependence on deception, addiction and exploitation. 

The authors of the report - Jonathan Ebsworth, Samuel Johns and Mike Dodson - also suggest practical responses that individuals and communities can take to face these challenges with hope and assurance. 

To read the original paper click here.

Cambridge Papers Live: Surveillance Capitalism

We are in the midst of a digitally-enabled industrial revolution. As with all previous revolutions, this one is attended by by both benefits and perils. This online live ...

Recent years have witnessed heated debate over how Western nations remember their pasts. A generation of historical research on racial slavery and imperial expansion is now informing public memory. The turn to ‘difficult histories’ has provoked a reaction and calls for the reassertion of ‘patriotic history’.

At this Cambridge Papers Live online event, historian and Cambridge Paper author, Professor John Coffey surveys the controversy and asks how Christians should respond.

To read the original paper click here.

Image credit: AgnosticPreachersKid, Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0

Cambridge Papers Live: Difficult Histories

Recent years have witnessed heated debate over how Western nations remember their pasts. A generation of historical research on racial slavery and imperial expansion is now ...

UK housing prices have risen faster than wages since the mid-1990s, leading to a reduced ability of young people to live in secure homes, and a housing affordability crisis. Cambridge Paper author David Corbett shows that, by emphasising the concepts of ‘stewardship’ and ‘home’, there are opportunities for Christians to make a significant contribution in addressing the housing crisis.

A response is given by Chris Beales from the Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing, Church and Community.

You can read the Cambridge Paper that provides the basis for this talk here.

Cambridge Papers Live: Birds Have Nests

UK housing prices have risen faster than wages since the mid-1990s, leading to a reduced ability of young people to live in secure homes, and a housing affordability crisis. ...

This is an online presentation and discussion of the Cambridge Paper, After The Virus: is it time for a debt 'jubilee'?, by the author of the report, Paul Mills.

Debt forgiveness is back in fashion and may be about to become 'all the rage'. Given the virus-induced economic slump of 2020-21, the idea of substantive debt relief is being revived as a way to alleviate financial burdens on stressed households, companies and governments. However, the benefits of these proposals need to be weighed against the costs and injustices of changing the 'rules of the financial game' retrospectively. The concept of a societal cancellation of debt has an ancient heritage that includes the seven-year system of debt elimination found in biblical law. What should Christians think about the growing consensus that there should be some kind of global debt write-off?

You can read the Cambridge Paper that provides the basis for this talk here.

Cambridge Papers Live: After The Virus

This is an online presentation and discussion of the Cambridge Paper, After The Virus: is it time for a debt 'jubilee'?, by the author of the report, Paul Mills. Debt forgiveness ...

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This week the Jubilee Centre team explores David Olusoga’s article ‘The toppling of Edward Colston's statue is not an attack on history. It is history.’ Do statues in public places suggest veneration? How should we respond to difficult histories? And can we reimagine how we create and use statues of public figures?

David Olusoga’s article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/08/edward-colston-statue-history-slave-trader-bristol-protest

Recorded on Tuesday 9th June 2020

Podcasts
Who should we commemorate? Colston, race and Britain’s statues

This week the Jubilee Centre team explores David Olusoga’s article ‘The toppling of Edward Colston's statue is not an attack on history. It is history.’ Do statues in public ...

This week the Jubilee Centre team explores the Black Lives Matter protests, starting with Brandon Tensley’s article: ‘The protest pictures alone tell the story of America's racial hierarchy.’ We touch on antiracism, the American progress narrative and Britain’s colonial past. As ever, we ask, how can we think biblically about this? And what is the relationship between racism and sin?

Brandon Tensley’s article: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/29/politics/george-floyd-protests-american-racism/index.html

Recorded on Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Podcasts
A tale of two protests: Race and privilege in the USA

This week the Jubilee Centre team explores the Black Lives Matter protests, starting with Brandon Tensley’s article: ‘The protest pictures alone tell the story of America's racial ...

This week the Jubilee Centre team unpacks Harriet Sherwood’s article ‘Bishops turn on Boris Johnson for defending Dominic Cummings.’ It’s a tale that involves drives to Durham, prime ministerial (non-)apologies and tweeting Bishops. But really, it’s a conversation about trust. As ever, we ask, how can we think biblically about this issue? And how should Christians lead in the public square?

Harriet Sherwood’s article: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/25/bishops-turn-on-boris-johnson-for-defending-dominic-cummings

Further articles:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/25/indignation-cowardly-bishops-cummings-bizarre/

https://premierchristian.news/en/news/article/bishops-get-death-threats-for-criticising-dominic-cummings

Recorded on Wednesday 27th May 2020

Podcasts
Everyone’s talking about Dominic Cummings

This week the Jubilee Centre team unpacks Harriet Sherwood’s article ‘Bishops turn on Boris Johnson for defending Dominic Cummings.’ It’s a tale that involves drives to Durham, ...

This week the Jubilee Centre team unpacks Uscinski and Enders’s article ‘The Coronavirus Conspiracy Boom.’ It’s a conversation that explores conspiracy thinking – not just as something ‘other people’ do - but as an instinct in all of us. As ever, we ask how can think biblically about this issue? And what does it mean for Christians to be people of both faith and reason?

Joseph E. Uscinski and Adam M. Enders’s article: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/what-can-coronavirus-tell-us-about-conspiracy-theories/610894/

Further resources:

 https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2020/april/christians-and-corona-conspiracies.html

https://theconversation.com/uk/topics/expert-guide-to-conspiracy-theories-83678

Recorded on Tuesday 12th May 2020 as part of our podcasts during lockdown series.

Podcasts
Coronavirus conspiracy theories: Christians need faith and reason

This week the Jubilee Centre team unpacks Uscinski and Enders’s article ‘The Coronavirus Conspiracy Boom.’ It’s a conversation that explores conspiracy thinking – not just as ...

This week the Jubilee Centre team unpacks Freddie Sayers’s article ‘Which epidemiologist do you believe?’ It’s a conversation that explores how we frame the pandemic based on our understanding of the telos of society. As ever, we ask, how can we think biblically about this issue? Specifically, can 2 Samuel 24 offer us insight into leadership and disaster?

Freddie Sayers’s article: https://unherd.com/2020/04/which-epidemiologist-do-you-believe/

Recorded on Tuesday 28th April 2020 as part of our Podcasts during the Lockdown series

Podcasts
The economy versus human life: have we oversimplified the debate?

This week the Jubilee Centre team unpacks Freddie Sayers’s article ‘Which epidemiologist do you believe?’ It’s a conversation that explores how we frame the pandemic based on our ...

This week the Jubilee Centre team unpacks George Monbiot’s article ‘The horror films got it wrong. This virus has turned us into caring neighbours’. It’s a discussion that explores the limits of the state and the good instinct towards neighbourly action. As ever, we ask, how can we think biblically about these issues? And, specifically, what insight can we gain from a biblical view of human nature?

George Monbiot’s article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/31/virus-neighbours-covid-19

Recorded on Tuesday 21st April 2020 as part of our Podcasts during the Lockdown series

Podcasts
Pandemic response: the limits of the state, social conscience and love for neighbour

This week the Jubilee Centre team unpacks George Monbiot’s article ‘The horror films got it wrong. This virus has turned us into caring neighbours’. It’s a discussion that ...

Free-will is fundamental to our sense of wellbeing, and underwrites our sense of morality, our judicial system and the Judeo-Christian faith.

However, science has provided evidence that free-will may be an illusion. Whilst we may not be as free as we like to think, we can still make decisions that determine our character, relationships and future. 

This talk is based on Harvey McMahon's Cambridge Paper, available here.

Podcasts
How free is our free will? Reflections from a neuroscientist

Free-will is fundamental to our sense of wellbeing, and underwrites our sense of morality, our judicial system and the Judeo-Christian faith. However, science has provided ...

Alongside the release of our new book, Thoughtful Eating: A biblical perspective on food, relationships and the environment, we've produced a four-part companion podcast series, 'Eating Thoughtfully'.

The podcast series features interviews with some of the leading Christian thinkers and activists on food and the environment, including Ruth Valerio (Director of Global Advocacy, Tearfund), Professor Norman Wirzba (author of 'Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating') and Caroline Pomeroy (Director, Climate Stewards). It was written and produced by the 2019 participants of the Jubilee Centre's SAGE Graduate Programme, Hannah Eves, Katherine Martin and Andrew Phillips.

The four episodes are available below. They're also available on Apple Podcast and Google Play, just search 'Jubilee Centre'.

Episode 1: Introduction

Episode 2: ‘To till and to tend’ with Caroline Pomeroy

Episode 3: ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ with Norman Wirzba

Episode 4: ‘Eating joyfully, relationally and sustainably with Ruth Valerio

Podcasts
Podcast Series: Eating Thoughtfully

Alongside the release of our new book, Thoughtful Eating: A biblical perspective on food, relationships and the environment, we've produced a four-part companion podcast series, ...

Jonathan Tame unpacks the life of Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross. Dunant's story offers us many lessons for the work of Christian social reformers today.

Podcasts
Profile of a Social Reformer: Henry Dunant

Jonathan Tame unpacks the life of Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross. Dunant's story offers us many lessons for the work of Christian social reformers today.

A great number of Western Christians have laudably invested their time, money, and energy to confront the massive global challenge of religious persecution. Sadly, their effectiveness has too often been limited or undermined by several common mistakes.

This talk explores seven of these pitfalls and points to Christian principles that enable us to more effectively advance religious freedom for all.

Judd's goal in pointing out these dangers is not to condemn any particular organisation or tactical approach, but rather to commend a more considered, capacious, and constructive promotion of religious freedom.

This talk is based on Rodney Green's Cambridge Paper, available here.

Podcasts
Pitfalls in combatting persecution

A great number of Western Christians have laudably invested their time, money, and energy to confront the massive global challenge of religious persecution. Sadly, their ...

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Thoughtful perspectives on today's social, political and economic challenges

Worldview & Ideologies

Worldview & Ideologies

Reconsidering our fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the world.

Politics & Government

Politics & Government

How do we encourage politics for the common good?

Arts & Popular Culture

Arts & Popular Culture

Making room for artists to challenge the way we see God and the world.

Welfare

Welfare

How can we rethink welfare as more than just a political issue?

Environment

Environment

Today’s environmental issues are theological and relational at heart.

Family & Sexual Ethics

Family & Sexual Ethics

How do we strengthen the basic unit of society: the extended family?

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

How can science and technology serve true human flourishing?

Economy & Business

Economy & Business

Building relational economies for financial stability, economic justice and social cohesion.

Local Church & Community

Local Church & Community

How can relational churches thrive with a mission to transform their communities?

Worldview & Ideologies

Worldview & Ideologies

Reconsidering our fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the world.

Politics & Government

Politics & Government

How do we encourage politics for the common good?

Arts & Popular Culture

Arts & Popular Culture

Making room for artists to challenge the way we see God and the world.

Welfare

Welfare

How can we rethink welfare as more than just a political issue?

Environment

Environment

Today’s environmental issues are theological and relational at heart.

Family & Sexual Ethics

Family & Sexual Ethics

How do we strengthen the basic unit of society: the extended family?

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

How can science and technology serve true human flourishing?

Economy & Business

Economy & Business

Building relational economies for financial stability, economic justice and social cohesion.

Local Church & Community

Local Church & Community

How can relational churches thrive with a mission to transform their communities?

Worldview & Ideologies

Worldview & Ideologies

Reconsidering our fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the world.

Politics & Government

Politics & Government

How do we encourage politics for the common good?

Arts & Popular Culture

Arts & Popular Culture

Making room for artists to challenge the way we see God and the world.

Welfare

Welfare

How can we rethink welfare as more than just a political issue?

Environment

Environment

Today’s environmental issues are theological and relational at heart.

Family & Sexual Ethics

Family & Sexual Ethics

How do we strengthen the basic unit of society: the extended family?

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

How can science and technology serve true human flourishing?

Economy & Business

Economy & Business

Building relational economies for financial stability, economic justice and social cohesion.

Local Church & Community

Local Church & Community

How can relational churches thrive with a mission to transform their communities?