Monthly Archives: December 2013

An Alternative Queen’s Speech: Bethlehemian Rhapsody

THE CHRISTMAS STORY, as it might have been sung by Freddie Mercury and his 70s rock band Queen: Is this the real birth? Is it Nativity? Caught in a census, in the town of His ancestry. Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see… He’s just a poor boy, foretold by prophecy. Because the wise men come, wise… Read more »

Human Rights Day: A history of LGBT rights at the UN

10th December is Human Rights Day, marking the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The Declaration states that ‘all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’ Yet the UN has only recognised LGBT rights around the world in the last five years. Watch… Read more »

A matter of integrity: The Church, sexuality, inclusion and an open conversation

AS THE GOVERNMENT has announced the date when the first marriages for same sex couples in England and Wales can take place, churches which remain challenged by this social change would do well to follow the lead of Steve Chalke, a high-profile evangelical church leader, who earlier this year called for a radical rethink of Christian views on sexuality and marriage…. Read more »