Friday, October 10, 2008

Wesleys Words on Credit Crunch

The crunch of the credit crunch has pre-occupied a wide variety of media outlets. Everyone from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Secretary of External Relations for the Methodist Church have had a say... but I thought rather than comment on any of that I would highlight some wise words from Wesley.
3. We are. Thirdly, to gain all we can without hurting our neighbour. But this we may not, cannot do, if we love our neighbour as ourselves. We cannot, if we love everyone as ourselves, hurt anyone in his substance. We cannot devour the increase of his lands, and perhaps the lands and houses themselves, by gaming, by overgrown bills (whether on account of physic, or law, or anything else,) or by requiring or taking such interest as even the laws of our country forbid. Hereby all pawn-broking is excluded: Seeing, whatever good we might do thereby, all unprejudiced men see with grief to be abundantly overbalanced by the evil. And if it were otherwise, yet we are not allowed to "do evil that good may come." We cannot, consistent with brotherly love, sell our goods below the market price; we cannot study to ruin our neighbour's trade, in order to advance our own; much less can we entice away or receive any of his servants or workmen whom he has need of. None can gain by swallowing up his neighbour's substance, without gaining the damnation of hell!
Taken from John Wesley's 'On the Use of Money' (Sermon 50) What amazes me about this particular sermon is it is, in the main, still true and just as cutting a critique on the materialistic 21st century as it was on the world around him when he first delivered the sermon. If you would like a more modern view on the economic crisis then I would heavily recommend This fine analysis from the Guardian which looks at cause, effect and future political moves and Methodism's very own Methodist Preacher has delivered a very fine series of Blog posts on the economic collapse including: i) A call not to rush towards de-nationalisation b) A (bearded) flashback to the 1970s and then forwards to today c) A challenge that 'Thatcherism has failed' d) A reflection as a 'reluctant capitalist' - mainly looking at demutalisation OUtside of all this the remarkable Richard Hall manages to find time to visit a favourite haunt of mine, now called 'Now Tea Vicar' and which does a remarkably good baguette....anyway take a good run and read his thoughts here Take Care Y'All John

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Action on Climate Change

Action must not be overshadowed by fear of turmoil on financial markets The Methodist Church in Britain has responded to the report of the Committee on Climate Change by calling for concrete action and a commitment to long-term change. The Church has welcomed the Committee’s proposal of an 80% target for the reduction of carbon emissions by 2050. This will require a greater investment in energy efficiency and rapid ‘decarbonisation’ of the power and transport sectors. The Church has expressed concern over an apparent lack of direction from the government as to how this is to be achieved. Christine Elliott, Team Secretary for External Relationships, said:
‘This is a huge challenge. We cannot let the fear of turmoil on the financial markets paralyse us. In the Britain of the future the use of fossil fuels must become the exception rather than the rule.’
The Methodist Church has raised particular concerns over the use of carbon offsetting by industrialised nations. In submissions to Parliament the Church called for the use of carbon credits to be very limited (offsetting no more than 10% of the UK carbon reduction effort). The Government has argued for industry to have the flexibility to use carbon credits to buy out 50% of the carbon reduction effort required by the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). ‘
It would be unethical to dodge our responsibility to cut emissions in the UK by purchasing carbon offsets’,
said Steve Hucklesby, Policy Advisor.
'Investment in clean development projects overseas is vital but cannot be a substitute for reducing carbon emissions in the UK. We are looking to the Government to provide strong leadership in mapping out the path to a low carbon economy’
. (From the Methodist Church Newswire)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Tory Policy

It is true - the Tories have no policy. 1) Go to 2) Type in 'Conservative Party' 3) Click on the 'our policy' option that appears underneath the top google option of 'The Conservative Party' and behold the following appears Take Care Y'all John