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The impact of family relationships on poverty

This new report by Matt N. Williams demonstrates that family dysfunction is a key driver in poverty and, because of this, healthier families are a big part of the solution.

It's a sharp challenge to those of us in the church who've been so busy arguing about the definition of family, that we've forgotten why it exists.

Cambridge Papers

The art of darkness: Philip Pullman's Christian atheism

By Tony Watkins     Summary Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials, is well known for his antipathy towards religion. Yet although he ...

Reimagining church buildings

The incarnation, embodiment and material culture By Nigel Walter     ‘We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.’ ...

'Birds have nests': Biblical reflections on the housing crisis

By David Corbett ‘... I hope it might help reclaim the very purpose of housing – as the basis for community, and a foundation for human ...

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Church buildings reflect the theology of those who built them. What seems central - is it the altar for sacraments, the pulpit for preaching or the stage for the worship band? Yet our church buildings have a much deeper story to tell and a significant role to play in the communities around them. In this event we reflect theologically on church buildings and explore the opportunities as well as challenges which they bring.

This online panel discussion features architect and Cambridge Paper author, Nigel Walter, Dr Dee Dyas (Director, Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture at the University of York), Bishop John Inge (author of A Christian Theology of Place) and Dr Anne Dawtry (Archdeacon of Halifax).

Reimagining Church Buildings: Panel Discussion

Church buildings reflect the theology of those who built them. What seems central - is it the altar for sacraments, the pulpit for preaching or the stage for the worship band? Yet ...

This was the online launch event for our Jubilee Centre report 'Money Can't Fix Everything: the impact of family relationships on poverty'. We were pleased to be joined by Dr Dr Heather Buckingham (the Trussell Trust), Ross Hendry (Spurgeons Childrens Charity), Matt Williams (the report author), Sian Wrangles (TLG - Transforming Lives for Good) and Frank Young (Centre for Social Justice).

Money Can't Fix Everything: Panel Discussion

This was the online launch event for our Jubilee Centre report 'Money Can't Fix Everything: the impact of family relationships on poverty'. We were pleased to be joined by Dr Dr ...

Jonathan Tame outlines three positive outcomes from Thursday's election, and three important ways that Christians can respond.

Reflecting on the 2019 General Election results

Jonathan Tame outlines three positive outcomes from Thursday's election, and three important ways that Christians can respond.

Nanotechnology, cryonics, gene-editing, mind uploading. Such technologies—both real and imagined—offer a rising hope that humans might ‘defeat’ death. Can followers of Jesus, who already believe in life after death, find common ground with technological optimists? How can these contemporary trends challenge and sharpen an understanding of resurrection? And what hope might Christian theology offer in return?

Speakers: Dr Rodica Mocan (Associate Professor of Cinematography and Media, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca) and Fr. Dragos Herescu (Principal of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge).

Resurrecting the Body: a technological Easter?

Nanotechnology, cryonics, gene-editing, mind uploading. Such technologies—both real and imagined—offer a rising hope that humans might ‘defeat’ death. Can followers of Jesus, who ...

In this talk given at the Social Reformers Summer School, Margot Hodson (Director at the John Ray Initiative) unpacks different perspectives on environmental ethics and how Christians can engage well with them.

Find out more about the School here

Environmental Ethics: Christian and Secular perspectives

In this talk given at the Social Reformers Summer School, Margot Hodson (Director at the John Ray Initiative) unpacks different perspectives on environmental ethics and how ...

 

In the Jubilee Centre's first Annual Lecture, David Nussbaum (CEO, the Elders, formerly CEO, WWF-UK) explores how we can eat together for the common good.

Annual Lecture: Eating Together and the Common Good

  In the Jubilee Centre's first Annual Lecture, David Nussbaum (CEO, the Elders, formerly CEO, WWF-UK) explores how we can eat together for the common good.  

In this talk given at the Social Reformers Summer School 2019, Prabhu Guptara provides an introduction to Relationism and Relational analytics in the context of Christian social reform.

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Introduction to Relationism and Relational Analytics

In this talk given at the Social Reformers Summer School 2019, Prabhu Guptara provides an introduction to Relationism and Relational analytics in the context of Christian social ...

By Hannah Eves, Katherine Martin and Andrew Phillips

In this presentation, given at the Social Reformers Summer School 2019, Hannah, Katherine and Andrew discuss their research on food, relationships and the environment from a biblical perspective.

Find our more about the research (including the book and podcast series) here
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Thoughtful Eating

By Hannah Eves, Katherine Martin and Andrew Phillips In this presentation, given at the Social Reformers Summer School 2019, Hannah, Katherine and Andrew discuss their research on ...

In this talk from the Social Reformers Summer School 2019, Jonathan Tame unpacks the biblical foundations for social reform. He presents a biblical worldview for public engagement, articulates the importance of Biblical Law and offers some suggested principles for political economy.

Find out more about the School here 
Discover more about biblical foundations for relational societies here

Biblical Foundations for Social Reform

In this talk from the Social Reformers Summer School 2019, Jonathan Tame unpacks the biblical foundations for social reform. He presents a biblical worldview for public ...

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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?