Pastoral is Political:I’ll make the tea then…

Next week Scotland goes to the polls. We have an election…again. Currently we have a SNP led government in Scotland. The SNP did very well in that last UK elections, sending 56 MPs to Westminster. This was a huge shift from the 6 that were there before. It is anticipated that the SNP will regain… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: ‘If we go, they win’

Recent weeks have seen unspeakable horrors committed against innocents by people, it would seem, with a distorted ideology. First there was the terrible shooting at Mother Emannuel Church, then on Friday a beheading in France, a bomb in Kuwait at a Mosque and the gunning down of tourists on a Tunisian beach.  The beach at… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: African tears

The world is slowly waking up to a tragedy that has been happening in the Mediterranean for ten years. Africans are making treacherous journeys from the home countries in the hope of a new and safe life somewhere in Europe. They arrive in countries like Libya and are at the mercy of traffickers. They pay their… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Socialist Christian or Christian Socialist? – a UK perspective

Today’s Pastoral is Political is an adaptation of an article I wrote for a blog that has a political bent to it. You can find the original article here. In the UK we will be holding a general election in just 11 weeks. So as you can imagine opinion polls, politics in general are high… Read More

The Pastoral is Political – Referendum blues…

This time last week I was feeling rather sleep deprived having sat up for most of the night watching the results come in from across Scotland. The campaign had been long and for the most part pretty civil. Yes, there were some pretty scaremongering adverts and memes on Social Media form both sides – but… Read More