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What can chaplaincy offer the church and the world?

The reign of God is exercised over economics, business, industry, public service and the arts as much as it is over the church. Because of that, chaplains venture out into those areas from the church, with an incarnational ministry, as signs that the people involved in those activities are potentially undertaking something sacred.


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The KIngdom at Work

The failure of the church to equip lay people for ministry and mission in the world of work is not new, and springs from a limited and individualistic theology


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Onward Christian Soldiers, marching as to war.

If the church is an army, are chaplains its "chosen men" (and women): agile, independent, responsive and perhaps a little undisciplined?


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Presenting Christianity to a Sceptical World?

A reflection by BCUIM’s chaplain in Walsall town centre, Anthony Harris


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"I am going out fishing," said Peter.

The church has some catching up to do when it comes to recognising the value of people's everyday work.


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The Will of the People

The will of the people can be fickle and changeable. We need strong government. Despite his brushes with Roman authority, St Paul believed that government was instituted of God and deserved obedience and respect.


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Feast or Famine - how the Gospel challenges Austerity

A review of an important book from the Ekklesia think tank, which challenges both austerity and its portrayal in many parts of the media.


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Workers Matter

We should notice and appreciate those whose work serves us each day, especially when it might be dangerous.


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Redemption in a Digital Age

When social media can lead to self-destruction, the church's message of redemption is as relevant as ever.


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Human Beings v. Robots at Work

Could robots and machines completely replace humans in the manufacturing and service industry? Christine McAteer from our neighbours in CIGB (Churches Industry Group Birmingham) reflects.


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The Invisible Church - Steve Aisthorpe

A book that gives a voice to churchless Christians, challenges the church and offers a message of hope.


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****! Whoops, sorry chaplain!

Why do people so often apologise to our chaplains? Could it be that the church has become defined by what people think it is against rather than what it is for?


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The Countdown to Retirement

Why are so many people counting away the months to retirement and keen to leave their work? Is there another way of looking at this?


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Servant Leadership – a Biblical idea that badly we need now

Governments will never be made up of saints, but we might hope for sinners who get up in the morning and ask themselves, “How can I improve the lot of ordinary people?”


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Henry George - the Thomas Piketty of the 19th Century

Like Thomas Piketty, Henry George wrote a book on ecomics which was read by millions around the world. Both authors dealt with inequality, the prevalence of poverty in a wealthy and developing world.


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Forgiveness: making sense of it

A booklet by John Phillips focuses on the vital importance of forgiveness. What is it? Why should we forgive? How does the Bible see it?


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Chaplaincy - in Place of Strife

Chaplains can be useful people to have around, especially when disputes, industrial and individual, arise. Here are two true stories from the Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK chaplaincy training course.


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Could your church offer Chaplaincy? Could you be a chaplain?

Chaplaincy is a ministry of the local church, by the local church, for the local community


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To what can we compare Brexit

David Smith, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times wrote on 10 September, on the 25th anniversary of our leaving the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, suggesting that "Britain's first Brexit offers lessons for our departure." I offer some comments.


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Solomon's Free Trade and Peace

Free movement of goods, people and capital marked a period of peace, prosperity and celebration in the war torn Old Testament.


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Made in the Black Country, sold around the world.

The Black Country is central to the Midlands Engine, which relies on international trade. The concept of trade and free movement of labour dates from biblical times, but will it survive Brexit?


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Chaplain in a busy Town Centre

Anthony Harris, Authorised Lay Minister at St Paul's Walsall reflects on his busy and rewarding work as Town Centre Chaplain


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Why would a Vicar go Business Networking?

The Black Country Urban Industrial Mission is a long standing member of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce. It is part of "Connecting Church and the Economy" and means we attend networking meetings. People sometimes find it surprising.


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Living for Christ in daily life and work?

Practical ways that the church can


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Chaplaincy - Collaboration in God's Mission

Chaplaincy has a history of being a dynamic and vigorous expression of God’s mission! Chaplaincy has often happened independently from the local church, but now it is about local people responding to local needs.


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What's the Vicar here for?

Clergy visiting people at work keeps them in touch with people's daily lives. it can be a great encouragement to Christians and an effective form of evangelism. Here's one vicar's story.


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In the hope that we can do better...

A review of "The Bullies of Wall Street" by Sheila Bair, former chair of the FDIC (Federal Deposits Insurance Commission). Forbes Magazine once called her the second most powerful woman in the world (after Angela Merkel)


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Debt, Complaceny and Financial Crisis

The Queen asked why no one saw the financial crisis coming. In "House of Debt", Mian and Sufi attempt to identify warning signs which might accompany another slide into crisis. Biblical teaching on usury and debt forgiveness has much to contribute to this.


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Michael Hudson - "Killing the Host"

A book which provides ample evident to support, "The love of money is the root of all evil." A well researched economist who references the Judaeo-Christian scriptures.


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A Body Blow for Black Country Manufacturing

Traditional industries have declined, but the Black Country remains a centre of high value manufacturing. Will this survive Brexit, when a leading economist speaks of the elimination of manufacturing?


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Dignity

A discussion on the importance of Nurses and Chaplains based on the view of a WW2 General


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Den of Iniquity?

A Christian working in an amusement arcade writes about her work


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Workplace Chaplaincy in the Footsteps of St Chad

For St Chad, mission was not an invitation to a church meeting, but was expressed by going out amongst the people - the essence of chaplaincy


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A Review of Pauperland, by Jeremy Seabrook

A passionate and compassionate analysis of poverty and the poor in Britain


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Martin Dent, 1925 - 2014 - co founder of Jubilee 2000

Martin Dent, an inspiring, though little known, visionary, who co-founded Jubilee 2000, which led to the remission of billions of dollars of world debt.


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Workers' Memorial Day - Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living

A talk for Workers' Memorial Day 2017 at St Matthew's Walsall


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Frances Perkins - Woman of Faith behind the New Deal

Franklin D Roosevelt's New Deal, after the Great Depression, owed much to the committed Christian, Frances Perkins


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The Will of the People

We trigger Article 50 as we approach Easter - what are the responsibilities of government?


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Speaking Out for Compassion and Humanity

A review of "Cut Out - Living without Welfare" by Jeremy Seabrook


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The Bishop of Lichfield visits Marston's Brewery

Bishop of Lichfield visits Marston's Brewery


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Working Together

Working together with others creates community and makes tough work more enjoyable.


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Capitalism's Crisis Deepens - Richard D Wolff

World-renowned economist Richard Wolf explores the roots of the Great Recession and its immense impact on working people.


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Dethroning Mammon, by Justin Welby

Justin Welby looks at the subject of money and materialism


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Jesus and the Living Wage


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Continue to Remember the Poor

A Review of “The Euro: and Its Threat to the Future of Europe”, by Joseph Stiglitz


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Chaplaincy - Strength and Challenge for the CHurch

Chaplaincy, in its many forms, is a growing area of mission and ministry. It offers a strength for and a challenge to the church and resources should be provided


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See, I am doing a new thing...

As change continues in the economy, the Christian Gospel encourages us to look forwards and respond to challenges, building communities not on nostalgia but on hope.


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The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis

Pope Francis' new book is a powerful call for the church to bring the mercy of God to a needy world - and a manifesto for chaplaincy


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A Chaplain Reflects

One of our chaplains offers his reflections on his work.


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Rediscovering the Bible’s Wisdom

I was coming to the final pages of Joseph Stiglitz’s “The Price of Inequality.” One of the world’s leading economists. What solutions does he offer?


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The Right Priorities?

What our economies need are freak high temperatures in Japan and Siberian conditions in UK or maybe a different way of measuring economic progress


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