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May 2008
Strangers into Citizens

March 2008 Legislating for Life

December 2007
No Room at the Inn

July / August 2007
Remembering Diana

June 2007 Responding to the Knife Culture

April 2007
The Cricket World Cup: Witessing to the Faith in a Global Village

March 2007Stewards of the Earth

January 2007 Virtues and Vices

December 2006 Faith in the Market Place

November 2006 Education

September 2006

Young People & Church

July/August 2006

Core British Values

June 2006

The World Cup and Sporting Excellence

May 2006

The Da Vinci Code: Faith, Fact and Fiction

April 2006

What are the odds?

March 2006

Easter and Chocolate Bunnies

February 2006

In the Pressure Cooker

January 2006

Spirituality in the Workplace

December 2005

Winter Solstice Silly Season

November 2005

The Egret has landed (again)

October 2005

The Mirror of Art

September 2005

Religion, Terror and Violence

July 2005

Using beer mats to build a culture of vocation

June 2005

Faith Reflections on Goodwood

May 2005

On the Way to Life

April 2005

Cultivation, Christianity and Culture

March 2005

In the world but not of it

February 2005

The brave professor and the predictable reaction

January 2005

Constants and Context

December 2004

On Christmas Trees

November 2004

Post-it notes

October 2004

Birdwatching, Spirituality and Evangelisation

September 2004

Culture Change and A-levels

August 2004

Nurturing an ecological vocation

July 2004

Faith and Culture: Fish and Chips (Article for the Universe)

June 2004

The Gospel Message and Image De-sensitisation

May 2004

The Passion of Christ

April 2004

The Ring of Power and Liberation from Bondage.


Culture Talk:

"The word on the street is....."

This page provides a recent reflection on an aspect of faith and culture. Responding to current events, issues in the news and in politics we aim to provide some considered thoughts on how our faith impinges on the world around us and the reverse.

NEWS! www.thinkingfaith.org:the online journal of the British Jesuits, covering a broad spectrum of cultural issues from a catholic perspective.

December 2008

Faith and Culture: True Worth

Christmas giftsRecent surveys suggested that predicted Christmas spending 2008 was set to be approximately £400m less than 2007.

However, the average amount spent per adult on gifts, socialising, and food and drink, was still estimated as being £655, with the average amount spent on just gifts by an individual adult as being somewhere between £250 and £350.

The credit crunch will obviously affect varied demographic groups very differently, and there will be those who choose to pay it no heed and spend as normal, if not more. For those who want to engage with some of the underlying issues however, this could provide an opportunity for gaining invaluable cultural insight. John Drane* talks of ‘the way that material success has become a culturally-approved sign of worthwhile achievement.’ Could our spending and accumulating over Christmas and the January sales, in fact be an indicator of where our cultural sense of worth is?

In Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI talked about the ‘thirst for God which only the simple and poor can know’, echoing Jesus’ affirmationImage of Jesus of the blessedness of the poor. Archbishop Oscar Romero was convicted of the fruits of living simply, when he said: ‘Aspire not to have more, but to be more’. If we were to take these words seriously, we might begin to remember firstly, what really matters in life, and secondly that our true worth comes from him who has loved us, and given himself for us.

Find out more at www.livesimply.org.uk. Also see: www.caseresources.org.uk/culturetalk