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February 2018
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Society – What’s age got to do with it?

Last year, 1 October was designated as ‘The International Day of Older Persons’ by the United Nations, with the subtitle, ‘Stepping into the future: tapping the talents, contributions and participation of older persons in society’. It’s a title you’ll rarely see mirrored in a Christian publication. It’s an odd thing when secular organisations point out the value of older people, yet Bible-believing Christians often fail to see it. Church attitudes At a Christian festival earlier in 2017, my colleagues and I surveyed visitors about their churches’ engagement with their older members. In small to medium churches seniors were generally fully engaged, having a role in...

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February 2018
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Society – Being good neighbours or giving social care?

Ethnic minorities are better at ‘social care’ and we should learn from them, said Jackie Doyle-Price, the Health Minister at the Conservative Party Conference recently (The Times, 4-10-17). She was echoed by Dr Phillip Lee, a GP who is also a justice minister. He told Age UK that British society has become ‘atomised’ and selfish, and ‘quite sick’ (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/05/britain-has-become-sick-society-has-outsourced-duties-old-tory). Ethnic communities They both believe that families and neighbours should do more to help their elderly and that ethnic communities are an example of how it should be done. A report by Age UK says that depression is a huge problem amongst the over 55s, because...

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February 2018
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Society – Britons praying

Prayer in the UK is more common than many people might believe, research from charity Tearfund claims. In research published in January 2018, the organisation found approximately 50 per cent of Britons prayed, and, even among those claiming not to be religious, 20 per cent have admitted to praying. The research, carried out by ComRes among 2,069 UK adults, found 55 per cent have prayed in a crisis. Some 39 per cent said they prayed because they believed in God, while 32 per cent said they believed prayer made a difference. Family was the topmost reason for prayer, at 71 per cent; followed by thanking...

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February 2018
News > Events > Mission > Society

Amy Carmichael memorial

On 16 December 1867, missionary Amy Carmichael was born in Millisle in Northern Ireland. Some 150 years later a beautiful sculpture of her as a 10-year-old girl was unveiled outside Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church in Bangor. The church is home to the annual Worldwide Missionary Convention. The sculpture was the idea of Derek Bingham, first thought of ten years ago. It was created by Christian artist and sculptor Ross Wilson and portrays a determined girl, holding a notebook — her diary of grace, containing God’s plans for her life — looking out to the world. Embossed on her hat are starry flowers, picturing those who...

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January 2018
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Society – Feminist cries halt

Academic Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans, who has written books on the politics of the body, has come under investigation for allegedly slamming transgenderism. Dr Brunskell-Evans, a senior member of the Women’s Equality Party (WEP) was put under investigation by the party for acknowledging on BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze programme the harms caused by the transsexual agenda. On the programme, Dr Brunskell-Evans told the Moral Maze she is supportive of boys and girls wearing opposite-sex clothes. However, she added: ‘The problem comes when we decide a child is genuinely, internally, and in some sense not a boy but a girl, and that is where we get...

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December 2017
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Society – Faith in Later Life

A new initiative was launched by five leading Christian charities — Pilgrims’ Friend Society, the Salvation Army, London City Mission, Mission Care and Keychange — on 10 October 2017, in the House of Lords. Focusing on the profound societal consequences of an ageing UK population, Faith in Later Life (FiLL) draws attention to wide-ranging changes needed in our communities for older people to live fulfilled, productive and dignified lives. The initiative aims at informing, equipping and inspiring individual Christians and churches to lead in an area of need that is far too often portrayed as merely an ‘issue’ or ‘problem’. But the attitude towards older...

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November 2017
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Society – ‘Like punching Nazis’

A radical pro-transsexual group has welcomed violence against feminists who voice opposition to transgender rights. A 60-year-old woman, Maria MacLachlan, was punched and kicked in London’s Hyde Park as she met with other concerned feminists to discuss government plans to allow people to legally self-identify their gender. Following widespread outrage at the attack, a spokesman for pro-trans rights, Edinburgh Action for Trans Health, defended the attack by pro-transsexual activists, claiming it was ‘the same as punching Nazis’. According to reports in The Times, Ms MacLachlan had been filming at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, when she was attacked by a ‘tall, male-bodied, hooded figure, wearing...

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November 2017
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Society – Church schools vs. belief

Most British millennials have no faith or religion, a wide-ranging study has claimed. The British Social Attitudes Survey, published in September, revealed 71 per cent of all 18-24 year olds polled said they belonged to ‘no religion’. In the study, 53 per cent claimed they were not religious. Of the remaining 47 per cent, 15 per cent cited the Church of England, 9 per cent Catholic and 17 per cent said they belonged to other Christian denominations. The remainder said they belonged to other religions. The figures were welcomed by the chief executive of Humanists UK, Andrew Copson, who said it showed a big disconnect...

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