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Christian Socialist Movement, Virginia Water and purple/blue hair

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I have to finish a book on the Christian Socialist Movement (CSM) today – its a personal pride thing – I decided last night that I can’t go to see my Mum until it is read). I am really enjoying it actually. The book is called Possible Dreams: Personal History of the British Christian Socialists by Christopher Bryant. It is out of print but amazon has a few 2nd hand copies if you fancy it. I know I am a hopeless socialist romantic but reading about the history (albeit recalled by an equally hopeless socialist romantic) has warmed the cockles of my cold heart. I don’t feel so oppressed by Liberation Theology (which was very sad and really not what my Latin American brothers had intended I am sure). I am just getting on with the long list of books I have to read and hoping for some sort of intellectual breakthrough (could be here some time then!).

Anyway, once that book is read I am off to the centre of suburban capitalism – Virginia Water. Not, unfortunately, to start the revolution but to see my Mum and collect Eva. I think I am going to stay for a few days to soak up the rays that reflect from the beautiful people and visit some old friends (quite literally as one of them is in her 90’s). In order to create a stir I have dyed my hair purple/blue again – my mum thinks I do it to annoy her. I don’t…but I have to admit it keeps me on my toes. Having blue hair in Virginia Water means that you get away with nothing and the suspicion of all falls on your shoulders.

If I don’t get to a computer I guess I will be out of touch for a few days. Please pray for me that armed with my reading about Christian Socialism and liberation theology I don’t try to single handedly start the revolution from the hight street Virginia Water. Unlikely though that sounds if one of those great big Mercedes cars comes too near me in my ‘ickle Peugeot and doesn’t indicate I may lose my temper and call the workers to revolt. Wish me luck.


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April 16, 2008 at 10:55 am

Posted in CSM, family, social action

The Christian Socialist Movement

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I am member of the CSM and thought I would let you know about an upcoming lecture/ dialogue that might interest you. is happening next month:

Faith in Politics?

The Christian Socialist Movement invites you to join in the 2008 Tawney Dialogue; Faith in Politics?

6:30pm – 7:45pm, Thursday 27 March in Westminster.

The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP (Labour Party Vice Chair for Faith Groups) and Rev Canon Nick Sagovsky (Canon Theologian, Westminster Abbey) will lead a discussion on the relationship between faith and social justice.

This event follows our AGM (starting at 5:15pm) to which all members are invited.

If anyone wants to come with me I am going to book a train to that London for just after lunch. Do let me know if you fancy coming.

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February 19, 2008 at 10:22 am

Posted in CSM