- SOAS CU Facebook is where all the most up to date information is published.
- That Spiritual Place is a space for SOAS students to explore Christian Meditation in a relaxed environment.
POLITICS, ENVIRONMENT & SOCIAL ACTION
- Tearfund Rhythms blog, publish videos and share ideas to change the world through doing small regular actions that don’t just change the injustices around us but also change ourselves, making a difference.
- Christians in Politics is an all-party, non-denominational platform for Christians involved, or seeking to get involved, in politics and public life.
- Christians on the left is a christian socialist movement with resources to fuel prayers, campaigns to mobilise those on the Left to engage in key issues in our nation and provide ways of connecting people together.
- The Conservative Christian Fellowship contributes to the life and thinking of the Conservative Party seeking to build a strong, relational bridge between the party and the Christian community, as well as facilitating meetings on various policy areas such as education, international development, home affairs and community cohesion.
- Operation Noah is an ecumenical Christian charity providing leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change.
- A Rocha is a Christian nature conservation organisation; projects are frequently cross-cultural in character, and share a community emphasis, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education.
- Mind and Soul is an organisation who support, promote and explore mental health and Christianity. Their website is full of useful resources (podcasts, articles etc) and contacts relating to mental health and wellbeing.
- Vinoth Ramachandra Vinoth Ramachandra was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, holds both bachelors and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of London. He works to promote the vision among students and professors of a holistic engagement with the university; giving public lectures and participating in dialogue events in universities; and helping Christian students and graduates think and respond as Christians to some of the social, cultural and political challenges they face in their national contexts throughout the world.
- bethinking.org/ provide resources to help you understand and communicate the Christian faith.
- theologynetwork.org help you know God better.
Paradoxology // Krish Kandiah
Christianity was never meant to be simple. If our understanding and experience of our faith remains shallow we lack the resources to withstand the storms of life. We need to dig down into the rock by knowing and obeying scripture. In Paradoxology Krish seeks to face head on some of the biggest challenges to faith. The book wrestles with suffering, the unpredictability of God, disappointment with God and his church .These challenges come framed in paradoxes as we try to reconcile two apparently competing beliefs: God is good but bad stuff happens; God is powerful but often inactive; God is compassionate but painful things happen all the time.
What do you do when life falls apart and it feels as though God has left you? How do you keep going when your faith has been rocked to the core? We all go through painful times but sometimes things get so hard we re not sure where God is or what he’s up to.
For Patrick there was pain, illness and loss in his family and community. Then he faced a series of excruciating operations that took him to the brink physically, emotionally and spiritually. Writing during his journey of recovery, Patrick takes an honest look at how we find God in these times of suffering. He wrestles with how we can know God s peace when life is anything but peaceful, what the true nature of courage is, how we allow ourselves the grace to rest when we re running on empty, and how we can stay fully present in the moment all so we can ultimately grasp the love of God at a deeper level.
It is a myth that only the uninformed masses believe in myths and that power brokers, media moguls, leading scientists, financial tycoons, political luminaries and intellectual elites don’t. The myths that the ruling classes believe may be more sophisticated, but they are myths nonetheless. These public, large-scale narratives engage our imaginations and shape the way we experience the world. They are the stories that tell us what is important to know and how to live. Subverting Global Myths takes up six areas of contemporary global discourse–terrorism, religious violence, human rights, multiculturalism, science and postcolonialism. Here powerful myths energize and mobilize considerable public funding as well as academic production. This book is not addressed primarily to theological specialists, but to all thoughtful readers who are concerned about the public issues that shape our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Vinoth Ramachandra draws at length on his own experience working among university students and professors against a backdrop of militant religious and secular ideologies in Sri Lanka, a country that has suffered from “terrorism” and a “war on terror” that has claimed over sixty thousand lives since the late 1970s and shows no signs of abating. Reflected as well is his experience of living and traveling extensively not only in the West but in several of the trouble spots of Asia today. Thoughtful critical readers who care to explore reality rather than flip from one reality show to another will appreciate this invitation to subvert present reality in order to make way for another.
It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn’t it full of regressive views? Didn’t it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society? But Timothy Keller challenges these preconceived beliefs and presents the Bible as a fundamental source for promoting justice and compassion for those in need. In Generous Justice, he explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. This book offers readers a new understanding of modern justice and human rights that will resonate with both the faithful and the skeptical.
Does faith have any hope to offer a global economy beset by debt and crisis?
Richard Higginson argues that, rightly understood and applied, faith can be an enormous power for good – stimulating enterprise, reducing poverty, promoting integrity, ensuring sustainability and making disciples.
This ground-breaking book will help business men and women to think deeply about what they do and why they do it. It shows how every episode in the biblical story of salvation has something important, challenging and hopeful to say about business practice. It explores alternative business models that provide signs of hope, and also offers insight and encouragement to those working for mainstream companies.
A short read, but a powerful one. Vaughan Roberts takes the reader expertly through what it means to live as a citizen of the Kingdom of God, how to live distinctive, Christian lives in a secular world. This is a great book to read during your first term at university, when the pressure to make friends and ‘fit in’ may seem huge and overwhelming, it will help you to find your feet and allow God into your student life. I would recommend this alongside ‘The hole in our Holiness’ by Kevin DeYoung (For a more thorough exploration of the importance/significance of personal holiness)
Dig Deeper // Nigel Beynon & Andrew Sach
Dig Deeper is described as a toolbox, quite literally because it contains a set of tools which should, when used correctly, help you to take a Bible passage and uncover it’s true meaning. I don’t believe it’s exaggerating to say the tools in this book have been invaluable to my life as a Christian, if only for the confidence they’ve given me to approach the Bible personally and hear God speak to me through it. Again I would recommend this alongside another book ‘God’s Big Picture’ by Vaughan Roberts. Between the two you’ll have the tools needed to begin to understand both the breadth and depth of the greatest book ever written.
Operation World is possibly the greatest reference book of all time. It provides information and prayer points on every country in the world, from political/economic developments to ethnic/religious breakdown, making it an excellent resource for the globally-aware SOAS student (which is most of them). Because it’s a reference book I’m generally against people borrowing it without a really good reason, however we’ll aim to bring it along to most CU meetings for you to check out.