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‘I just want to do God’s will’ – Martin Luther King’s final speech

Every day around 100 homeless people come to the day centre run by the West London Mission for a hot breakfast, showers, clothing or to see our in-house doctor or nurse. Every Tuesday a Spirituality Discussion group takes place in the … Continue reading

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The personal cost of injustice: review of ‘Selma’ (12A)

Few people have integrated activism, theology and personal commitment in such an inspiring way as Martin Luther King. ‘Selma’ is the first major feature film made about King.  It focuses on his campaign in Selma, Alabama in 1965, where the restrictions and … Continue reading

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Why are churches ‘the best social melting pots in modern Britain’?

Today, the Daily Telegraph reports on the findings of research by the Social Integration Commission about the places where people from different backgrounds meet and mix with each other. The article, with the headline ‘Churches are the best social melting pots in modern Britain‘, states: ‘Overall, it found … Continue reading

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The five best books on Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement

I have been taken aback a bit by the response to my last post was on the Secularisation of Martin Luther King.  A few people who have got in touch admitted that they did not even know MLK was a Christian, … Continue reading

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The secularisation of Martin Luther King

There has been a huge amount of coverage in this last week about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream speech which was delivered at the 1963 March on Washington. The speech is widely considered as … Continue reading

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‘Will we be extremists for hate or for love?’

The brutal killing of the soldier yesterday in Woolwich is a shocking example of religious extremism leading to hatred and violence. In a bid to defend the vast majority of peaceful Muslims who completely condemn this kind of violence, I have … Continue reading

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Gaza, London, Streatham and the randomness of violence

After a meeting this Thursday, I got the underground from London Bridge station back to my office. As I walked onto the platform, a man spat on the ground just as I walked past. Instinctively I glanced up but I … Continue reading

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Learning from those who never got there: what Bonhoeffer and King teach me about reaching 40

Last month, I was 40.  It’s a time to stand back, to reflect and take stock…and invest in moisturiser.  Especially when one of my son’s friends thought I was 60! In recent years, two of the biggest influences on me have … Continue reading

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‘Everyone can be great, because anyone can serve’

‘Long before and after Jesus, prophets and philosophers have been trying to reconcile the fullest individuality with the most just community.  Greatness of servanthood may have been as good an answer as any ever found.  The best woman or man … Continue reading

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When good people do nothing

“All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing” Edmund Burke ‘This city desert makes you feel so cold, it’s got so many people but it’s got no soul’  Jerry Rafferty, Baker Street Last Friday … Continue reading

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