when dissent becomes criminal


My ecclesial tradition (the United Reformed Church) would proudly claim its dissenting and non-conformist heritages. This is the primary reason why we moved to this community. Today, I can hardly recognise this heritage in any form of habitual practice. It is becoming one of the most risk-averse organisation around. I am sure at the local…

tragedy-contradictions-soul searching


It is a tragedy when an iconic site or building is destroyed. The recent case of the fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is no exception. It is not the first-time, throughout its long history of over 850 years, that part of the edifice was destroyed by fire. If only the stones can speak…

impasse – beyond and through


The news media and political pundits tire me with their views about the current state of the negotiations around BREXIT. Be it parliament in debate, the news channel live reporting or commenting, newspaper opinions, twitter and facebook barrage, it is tiring. One can speak of BREXIT fatigue. Around Parliament it looks an A&E site. What…

keep on protesting – it’s cathartic


“If voting changed anything, they would make it illegal.” [Emma Goldman] My instinctive response is wishing to disappear from it all. I mean the current instability, madness, idiotic leadership and the lack of almost everything that can contribute to the common good. My own denomination boasts at being non-conformist with a heart for social justice….

awkward questions, awkward responses


Do you know the United Kingdom has the fifth biggest economy in the world?  Our banking industry is the envy of the world! So why are thousands of people in UK without homes? Why is it that tens of thousands of people visit food-banks every month?  Why an increase in disparities and inequalities? Consider Class,…