Category Archives: Society

Poems for justice (3)

This is the third of three posts about the ancient Hebrew prophet Micah, based on sermons I preached at St Brides Liverpool. This one is about what we mean by peace. It focuses on Micah’s vision of everyone sitting under … Continue reading

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The meaning of life in East and West

Harvard Professor Michael Puett’s lecture last night was as challenging as it was entertaining. The title was ‘Chinese Philosophy and the Meaning of Life’. I had no idea that the strongest values of western culture were about to be turned … Continue reading

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Climate change: more hubris won’t stop it

John Vaillant’s shocking description of the recent fires in California, hotter than anything seen before, melting everything in urban landscapes, should wake us up to the future awaiting us all if we carry on with our destructive lifestyles. Now, the … Continue reading

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Poems for justice (2)

This is the second of 3 posts about the ancient Hebrew prophet Micah, based on sermons I preached at St Brides Liverpool. This one is about the relationship between justice and fairness. The first describes how Micah lived in a … Continue reading

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Boris Corbyn’s anti-them-ism

Antisemitism with Jeremy Corbyn, anti-Islamism with Boris Johnson: how do they compare? This post is not about the issues themselves but about the way they are being publicly debated and what this tells us about our declining public ethics.

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Rogation

This is my sermon for Rogation Sunday. The word ‘rogation’ comes from the Latin for ‘to ask’. There is a tradition of praying for the crops to grow well and produce a good harvest.

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War. What fun!

More air strikes. America attacks. Britain and France meekly follow Trump’s lead. Britain’s four RAF Tornados may not be the biggest part of the initiative, but it means we’re metooing. Most of the public discourse is about surface isssues: who … Continue reading

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Responding to sexual abuse

The recent revelations of sexual abuse horrify us, particularly when the victims were children. It is one thing to feel horrified, another to respond in a constructive way. Much of the public response has sounded to me like Guardian readers … Continue reading

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Who is to blame for snow?

How dare it snow, and mess up our plans? What went wrong? Okay, you and I know that nobody is to blame. No human, anyway. So why do we call it bad weather?

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Health: what are we trying to achieve?

This is about the nature of health. In a recent post I argued that health services should take priority because everything we do depends on having enough health. Here I ask what we think good health is. This is about … Continue reading

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