Okay, so I have a confession to make. I recently joined the Labour Party (I was so excited about my little red card, it might as well of been hand delivered by the PM himself), and the CSM. However, there’s a problem. I don’t really ‘do’ politics. Wait a minute! Didn’t you just say you’d joined the LABOUR PARTY? Aren’t they the governing POLITICAL party in the UK? Yeah, but here me out for a moment. There are more ways than one of getting your point-of-view across and to make your voice. Why does politics often have to be so drab? The complaint of most young people today is that politicians are out of touch with the needs of young people (I’m 28), and that DC is making a fool of himself trying to cool. Is this true, and if so, what are we doing about it?
I believe that the biggest sin the church has committed is to make God appear irrelevant, uninteresting and downright boring. It’s the same with many politicians. Alright, so it’s not at all glamorous, and at times tedious, but it’s important that we push the boundaries of change and innovation when it comes to connecting with the next generation of leaders and influencers. The youth of today take more of their lifestyle tips from Cheryl Cole and Brangelina (and they do some great stuff) than the Church or Parliament, and this needs to be addressed.
I’m the media guy with the big gob (I recently graduated from a Film, TV and Radio course). I love Ice-cream, Curry, Football and Steve McQueen movies. If you ever met me, you’d realise quickly that I’m passionate about almost EVERYTHING, especially my point of view. I come from a political family; my Dad a Local Labour Councillor and one-time Shop Floor Steward. Red is the colour. He tells me that, as a boy, he could hear the political discussions of his own Dad downstairs at night; something that is imprinted in our DNA. We love debate. Despite his own admission that the political process requires a great deal of time and effort, I caught the bug too.
While not a big meeting fan (I hate statistics), I am passionate about Kingdom values, and believe that creativity is an important tool in helping to re-generate areas left hurting by economic depression. The city I live in, Stoke-on-Trent, was once the centre of the thriving pottery industry, and as a film-maker and scriptwriter, as well as a committed advocate of the 21st Century Church, I would love to see this creativity restored through other channels such as music and new media, with local businesses investing money into these artistic endeavors. I believe that every city has a unique voice, and Stoke is no different. How that comes about though, is down to how the Church engages with its community, and how Christians in both public and private sector positions use their influence for positive change.
Recently, after having joined the CSM, I had the privilege of interviewing Andy Flannagan for a local Christian radio station. In the interview, he talked about his dream of seeing young politicians lobbying parliament through music. This pioneering heart is something I desire in everything we do, and is the reason I’m glad I signed up.(Author: Jeremy Dillon)
CSM As Ambassadors For Christ
Graham reflects on CSM's role as citizens of heaven (Author: Rev Graham Hunter)
A Youth Perspective on the proposal to change our name from CSM to Christians on the Left ~ A New Na
A youth perspective on the name change (Author: Francesca Chin-Lewis)
Please vote for this option: not co-option
Ian writes on the name change ahead of the AGM. (Author: Ian Geary)
Faith And Young Labour
CSM member Simon Darvill talks about his recent election as National Chair of Young Labour (Author: Simon Darvill)
It's a wonderful life
Ian Geary shares his thoughts on the film 'It's a wonderful life' (Author: Ian Geary)
Faith in Politics?
CSM Chair Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP uses his own experience to explore the question of faith in politics (Author: Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP)
Should Preaching Confront Capitalism?
James Lee examines whether the church should challenge capitalism itself (Author: James Lee)
From Rhetoric to Reality
Sam Brown uses the example of the Jubilee Debt Campaign and the Robin Hood Tax and examines how, as Christians, we can move from conversation to action. (Author: Sam Brown)
At Its Best When At Its Broadest
An essay which says Labour needs to be open to a post-secular, post-liberal and pro-faith approach. (Author: Ian Geary)
God and Politics - Transformed to transform
Theology student Marcus Smith lays out how politics looks when God is allowed to be God. (Author: Marcus Smith)
Theos talks about religious rhetoric in politics
Religious rheotric, is it worth the pain? (Author: Paul Bickley)
Between Plato And Aristotle
Tim Stacey on the Christian Socialist Movement, the Movement for Change and a vision of a Big Society (Author: Tim Stacey)
CSM Stories 'Why I am a Christian and on the Left'
Ian Geary explores in depth his journey in faith and politics. Very helpful for considering your own position and why you hold it. (Author: Ian Geary)
An address by ArchBishop of Southwark Peter Smith celebrating CSM's 50 year legacy
Cathloic Arch Bishop Peter Smith praises CSM's passion for justice and expounds its biblical basis (Author: Sam Buck)
Advent Reflection - Week 4 - Liberation
Andy Walton writes our final Advent Reflection (Author: Andy Walton)
Advent Reflections - Week 3 - Humility
Our third Advent reflection (Author: Sam Buck)
Advent reflection – week 2 – Equality
Our second advent reflection. (Author: Sam Buck)
Advent reflection - week 1 - Prophecy
Over the season of Advent CSM will be exploring the meaning of the Christmas story in a series of reflections. This is the first... (Author: Sam Buck)
Religion and Patriotism
CSM member Mark Greer explores the connections between faith and state loyalty. (Author: Mark Greer)
Faith and politics
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Faith and Party Politics: Responding to Three Criticisms
Andy Flannagan tackles three of the reasons why Christians don't get involved in party politics. (Author: Andy Flannagan)
50 years of CSM
Stephen Beer reflects on the movement 50 years on (Author: Stephen Beer)
Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum - In defence of the Archbishop
An article in defence of Rowan Williams. (Author: Rob Carr)
Christian Socialist Movement - 50 years on
Stephen Beer writes about fifty years of CSM - and looks to the future. (Author: Stephen Beer)
Faith and Class Politics
Ex-paramilitary and peace campaigner explains how Christianity and Socialism mix in Northern Ireland. (Author: Billy Mitchell)
POLITICS AND CHRISTIANITY - A CSM VOLUNTEER SPEAKS
At the end of his time with CSM, CSM volunteer James Somerville-Meikle makes the case for political engagement.. (Author: Andy Flannagan)
Labour as a radical tradition
This article by Dr Maurice Glasman will be published shortly in the Soundings Magazine. It details Labour's roots in the Christian faith and reflects what Labour can learn now from this source. (Author: Dr Maurice Glasman)
What are the top six reasons Christians don't get involved in politics?
An exploration of six of the biggest reasons Christians stay clear of political involvement, with responses explaining how they might be overcome. (Author: Simon Watkinson)
The History of CSM
The early Christian socialists; FD Maurice, Charles Kingsley, J M Ludlow and others, might have found little common ground with those who gathered at Kingsway Hall in 1960. Most of them knew little about socialist thought or political engagement, though (Author: Dr. Andrew Bradstock)
Christianity and Politics: A Member Reflects
A reflection on Chrisitanity and Politics by CSM member Edward Jacobs (Author: Edward Jacobs)
Government's Record on Christianity and Faith
"People should stand up for what they believe...our society will be better because people with convictions about what a good society means are playing a part in creating that society.” -Prime Minister Gordon Brown (Author: )
The Politics of Integrity
In the second of his contributions to the Everything Christian site, Chris Le Marquand looks at what Christians can learn about integrity considering the recent expenses crisis etc. (Author: Chris Le Marquand)
Is Loyalty a Virtue?
In the first of a series of political blogs for Everything Christian (www.everythingchristian.co.uk), Chris Le Marquand explores the issue of loyalty from a Christian perspective. (Author: Chris Le Marquand)
Recapturing a sense of what is the Common Good.
We need collectively to be honest and realistic about what we ask our politicians to achieve, and not push them to promise what cannot or should not be delivered within the resources that we have. (Author: Richard Vautrey, Vice President, Methodist Church)
Why it’s not enough just to vote
The question is, "Where are the people of God who have the prophetic insight to put things right?" (Author: Jeremy Dillon)
Ten Things Labour has done for Christian Communities
The Labour government welcomes and supports Christian communities in living out the shared values which are the foundation of healthy local communities. Here are ten things that the government has done to make real that support. (Author: Ed Cox)
Why politics ?
18 yr old David Bagg gives us his perspective on why God is calling a generation into politics. Personal calling and strong convictions in a heartfelt article. (Author: David Bagg)
Monday night (9th September) saw Tony Blair deliver the first of series of seminars entitled ‘New Perspectives on Faith and Development’ . He concluded that 'faith matters' and that faith groups have a massive role to play in development (Author: Andy Freeman)
Taking the Next Step
Allan Davies explains how rewarding it can be to join the Labour Party, as well as the process for joining and becoming active in your local Party branch. (Author: Allan Davies)
Fighting the Norwich North by-election
CSM member Chris Ostrowski was Labour's candidate in Norwich. He writes about his experience. (Author: Chris Ostrowski)
Does religion have a role to play in British politics?
The interaction between religiously inspired morality and politics: One cannot remove morality from political discourse and so it is far better to have it out in public. (Author: Mike Ion)
Why I Joined CSM
Tom Quinn, part of Young CSM, tells us why he joined the Christian Socialist Movement. (Author: Tom Quinn)
Politics and theology: Something to say
Simon opens our new 'Theology' section by taking on the challenge of why we should have biblical interpretation behind our politics and ethics. (Author: Simon Hall)
Good to Great: What do we expect of CSM ?
Terry Wynn brings a thought provoking look at our expectations for the movement. What do we want CSM to be and how can we rise to the challenge together and see God at work in our movement ? (Author: Terry Wynn)
The Post Secular Age
Terry Wynn sees opportunities as old presumptions fall apart. (Author: Terry Wynn)