Preserving Jobs and Businesses in Challenging Times
Mainstream criticism of capitalism continues as its unethical foundations are exposed in the unequal way wealth is distributed and the planet's ecosystems destroyed. Crucially since the Global Financial Crisis (2007-2009) there have been no new policy initiatives to address these damaging effects of macro neo-liberal economics. In order to face this problem going forward we need to come to accept, as a society, that we are using the wrong business model - the extractive limited liability company.
Where often only death and decay seem present, we see also the hope-inducing presence of God blowing new energy into our lives and places. The Spirit, the living memory of the Church, reminds us that we are born from a gift and that we grow by giving. Pentecost is a continuing event that dares us. It dares us to become a community of fire that keeps the flame of passion for God and the world that God loves, burning despite dark days and nights. Pentecost is not just a celebration of the birth of the church, but a celebration of being church. We celebrate that unseen, immeasurable presence of God in our lives, our world and church that animates us towards Gospel justice and mercy that we might bring God’s life and love to our broken world.Read more
Feast of the Ascension
We are called to remember who we are and today we are being named ‘Theophilus’ <the lover of God> a title addressed to a variety of communities. Today’s feast can cause us to wrestle with our rational side. People have become impatient and even left the church because of a focus on ‘heaven up there’ which does not speak to the everyday lives of people. What we are called to is to see the world differently where God’s love comes together with love of neighbour and all creation. Ascension is not about Christ’s absence, but his presence everywhere. We are reminded that it is not just how Jesus is present in the world but our presence. We cannot separate his presence and our witness.Read more