by Grace Thomas
1 Dec 2023
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. (Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, drafted for a homily by Cardinal John Dearden in November 1979) How I wish I had […]
Dr Joseph Forde writes for the blog this week. He is Chair of Sheffield’s Church Action on Poverty Group. He researches and writes on welfare and Christianity and is author […]
Since the publication of this article, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has addressed the General Synod of the Church of England. In his address, he has offered a more […]
Ken Loach’s latest film set in the North East opened in cinemas in late September. In this interview, Dr Val Barron talks about her involvement in the project, some of the key messages of the film and the role of local churches and communities in supporting refugees.
by Chris Baker
3 Oct 2023
Director of Research, Professor Chris Baker, offers a personal reflection on the life and contribution of a dear friend and colleague, whose sudden death earlier this week has left many […]
What sort of relationships are humans having with their chatbot friends? To deform one’s object of worship is to dehumanise ourselves. Today, however, we face a different radical possibility: to replace not God but humanity with a more tractable version of itself.
Our junk code certainly seems to have given us the capacity to thrive, even if we are still a wayward creation.
by Chris Baker
23 Jul 2023
With the heaven-sent speed of Hermes, computers calculate in writing to shape the grammar of the world. Although analysable into binary algebra, the calculations of computers are more than mathematical, and more than mechanical.
The true genius of university education is that what prove to be the deepest influences on you in the long run are often people, places, experiences, ideas and graces which you hardly noticed when they first came into your student life.
We must stop blaming others for our discomfort. The cost of living with false promises is that it continues to dehumanise, it allows distrust to fester, and provides a veil to hide our diminishing sense of values.