Friday, October 20, 2006
So then, I have made it to 100 posts! I am dissapointed that I wasn't awoken by a telegram from the Queen, instead it was the thud of the first book of Methodist Council papers for the year. I shall aim to have a wee guide to what we shall be discussing onto this blog on monday giving a good week, afore council meets, for some hearty discussion and disemination of information to you - my electorate! Therefore to keep you interested till then I thought I would post this news story as a reminder to everyone to ensure their church work reflects the needs of those that are being served as well as a moment of thanks that this minister aint as shy as father ted when faced with a similar problem! Take Care Y'All John
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Today is nominated as a celebration of the mundane. In a unique piece of social history recording the National Trust is asking everyone to "blog" (ie write an online journal) on what they have done today and to submitt in on their site - - - - > click here for the webpage. This is a day picked as a nothing day but through the mundane we find out so much and this will be the most amazing record for years to come. I have been recently re-reading the Mass Observation diaries from the second world war and creation of the welfare state. They are exactly the same as this mass blog and record the mundane, yet because I have no concept of what it was like to live then (even though it is only 60 years ago) and these diaries have given me a true insight into what it was really like, rather than just what propaganda tells it was like! So go on, go on, go on, record your day for prosperity - from getting up to have a cup of tea to running the country we all have something import to add to the history of this nation. Take Care Y'All John
Sunday, October 15, 2006
This is taken from the news syndicate running on the right of my blog but was worth reproducing here....
Evangelical students fail in bid to be called 'Christian Union' -14/10/06 Evangelical students at Exeter university have failed in their bid to call themselves the "Christian Union" and have had their accounts frozen pending a full review into the society's Equal Opportunities policy. A referendum was held at the university this week about whether the 'Evangelical Christian Union' should be able to change its name to the 'Christian Union'. For more than 50 years, students at the Devon university have organised evangelistic events under the name of the Exeter University Christian Union. However in May a complaint was made against them that the group was too exclusive. The student Guild subsequently changed the name to "Evangelical Christian Union." Opposition has been growing in universities up and down the country to many Christian Unions over their approaches to gay and lesbian people. They have also been accused of operating discriminatory policies over appointments to their executives. Other Christian groups also operate in universities, holding different positions to traditional Christian Unions which tend to be evangelical in character. This calls into question say critics, the right of Evangelicals with conservative views, to have a monopoly on the name 'Christian'. Voting in the referendum at Exeter University, about whether the Evangelical Christian Union should be able to change its name to the 'Christian Union', finished on Friday. The “No” campaign won the referendum with a 55% majority. Of the 582 votes, 317 were in favour of keeping the existing name, reports Kathryn Nott for the Exeter Students website X-net. According to the website, the result of the referendum will still need to be ratified at the university Guild Council. Tim Paulden, leader of the “No” campaign told X-Net News, “The referendum result is a significant victory for democracy and human rights, and a hammerblow against religious bigotry and intolerance. For years, this society has deceptively marketed itself as the 'Christian Union' while systematically silencing and discriminating against Christians who are not evangelical.” "Today, this cynical ruse has finally come to an end. The result of the referendum and the GSA motion passed yesterday represent the first two steps towards a future in which every Exeter student will have their beliefs accepted and welcomed. We sincerely hope that all religious societies –including the ECU – will be willing to work together to achieve this goal." ECU President James Harding said, "To be honest, I'm just glad it's all over". However a meeting of the Guild Societies Association (GSA) on Friday also saw the Evangelical Christian Union's accounts temporarily frozen, and their privileges as a Guild society removed pending a full review into the society's Equal Opportunities policy, following a vote by society presidents.I like the fact that everyone had a say on how the felt the society acted etc and am pleased to see they rejected some groups small minded outlook as the opposite to being a Christian Union... long may these forms of Union rebellin continue against small minded beurocrats in CUs. Let us be honest the message of someone who died for everyone or a god that loves everyone really shouldn't be an exclusive or discriminatory message yet so many people manage to swing it round to that it's embarressing and really leaves one to wonder how anyone can be attracted to such groups (this goes for all evengelical religious groups with closed doctrinal statements of belief). Take Care Y'All John
I thought I wasn't going to blog about this but somehow I just can't stop myself. All I can say is Rainbows make me very happy and it just get better every day! It has left me pondering on the concept of giving thanks to god and quiet how we go about it - and indeed what is good thanks and what isn't. But yeah all I am doing is grinning like a maniac. Take Care Y'All John