A Christian view of freedom of speech

This is the text of a short talk given to the Altrincham Interfaith Group on 15th September 2022. There is much more to say but this is what I managed to fit into 12 minutes. Words have power. That is undeniable- they can build up, they can inspire, they can tear down and they can … More A Christian view of freedom of speech

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Freedom of Religion and Belief in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

What do The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints think about freedom of religion and belief? At the heart of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lies the belief that every person is a child of God. The Family: A Proclamation to the World outlines: All human beings—male and female—are created in the … More Freedom of Religion and Belief in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Spiritual momentum- running the wrong way up an elevator

There are many analogies used to describe the straight and narrow path. One that really helps me understand the need to keep moving, to keep putting one foot in front of another is to picture it as running up an escalator the wrong way. It requires effort, and if we stop for a moment we … More Spiritual momentum- running the wrong way up an elevator

I can’t dance

I was recently speaking to a friend who expressed concern for another of our friends. Her concern was for the disconnect between this person’s beliefs and behaviour. As I think about my membership of the Church over the last thirty or so years I have met many people for whom this description would fit, and … More I can’t dance

Guru Hargobind (Nanak 6) and the Freedom of Religion and Belief

Today, Sikhs around the world are celebrating Diwali or more correctly Bandi Chhor Divas (Day of Liberation). The events celebrated by Sikhs revolve around Guru Hargobind. There are many events in the life of Guru Hargobind that are worthy of remembrance, not least the adoption of the two swords symbolising miri-piri when he became Guru. … More Guru Hargobind (Nanak 6) and the Freedom of Religion and Belief

In the world

One of the sayings that I heard a lot when I joined the Church was that as Latter-day Saints we are called ‘to be in the world, but not of the world’. It established an identity for us as disciples of Christ that suggested that we are different, as Peter describes us, we are a … More In the world

Teaching to transform: bell hooks and her influence for our classrooms

A presentation given at the Learning and Teaching Conference of the University of Chester, 30/6/21. Grateful thanks for Luke Jones and Gordon Baillie for comments on early drafts of this paper. Let me begin this paper with an admission and challenge. I have to admit that I don’t know what your classroom is like and … More Teaching to transform: bell hooks and her influence for our classrooms