21st June will be decided on data … and assumptions

Donald Rumsfeld famously (or perhaps infamously) talked about there being “known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns.”  It’s another way of saying that you don’t know what you don’t know.  This is particularly true when we come to the decision the Government must make about COVID-19 unlocking by Monday 16th June. What do we know?Continue reading “21st June will be decided on data … and assumptions”

Why it is important that we help vaccinate the world

The UK’s efforts in delivering the COVID-19 vaccinations has been phenomenal. We now have over 50% of the population fully vaccinated and a further 25% have received one jab. This along with those not yet vaccinated who have had a dose of the virus means we should be moving towards herd immunity. However, there areContinue reading “Why it is important that we help vaccinate the world”

June 21st -where are we and what does that mean for churches?

We’re getting a bit closer to June 21st and are tensely waiting the Prime Minister’s press conference on Monday when we’ll know whether or not the final lifting of pandemic/lockdown measures will happen. Church leaders will be watching and waiting with baited breath because Monday’s announcement will affect whether and when we can return toContinue reading “June 21st -where are we and what does that mean for churches?”

Why we should care about protecting each other from COVID

We probably are not quite out of the woods yet with the COVID-19 pandemic. The encouraging news is that we have fully vaccinated over 50% of the adult population and over 75% have received at least one dose. However, there are other pressures that are not such good news. First of all, the “Delta” (Indian)Continue reading “Why we should care about protecting each other from COVID”

What to do about the fact that June 21st re-opening has been thrown into doubt

The possibility of full re-opening from lockdowns hangs in the balance at the moment. The primary cause for concern is the newer B1.617.2 variant first noticed in India.  It appears that the variant has a higher transmission rate and there is the possibility that it may not be quite as responsive to vaccines. The positiveContinue reading “What to do about the fact that June 21st re-opening has been thrown into doubt”

Another red herring – the timing of lockdowns

In my opinion, the other red herring to be brought into play over the past 24 hours through the Dominic Cummings interview has been the question over whether or not the lockdowns, particularly the first one in March 2020 and the autumn one just after half term should have been earlier and whether that wouldContinue reading “Another red herring – the timing of lockdowns”

A herd of red herrings

The big political dispute over the past few days has been as to whether or not the UK pursued a herd immunity strategy during the early stages of COVID-19.  It’s a red-herring because the answer is of course we were and still are following a herd immunity strategy. The alternative to herd immunity is toContinue reading “A herd of red herrings”

Returning to in person church after lockdown – how can we look after one another?

Whilst many churches have re-opened the doors over the past few months, actual in person attendance has in most cases been unavoidably limited. What we can do in person has been extremely restricted and social distancing has limited capacity. Some churches have not been able to open at all due to renting their premises.  Therefore,Continue reading “Returning to in person church after lockdown – how can we look after one another?”

We need to do better at deep and charitable theological engagement (another lesson from COVID)

You are a church leader and you’ve just been told by the government that due to a pandemic ripping through the population, you will now need to suspend public services as part of a national lockdown. You know that schools, pubs, restaurants, theatres and sports stadia are being closed. You know that people are beingContinue reading “We need to do better at deep and charitable theological engagement (another lesson from COVID)”

What lessons should Christians be learning from the pandemic? (1) What has God been teaching us?

The other day, I wrote about the lessons that the UK as a country needs to be looking at if it’s to learn from the pandemic for the future.  What about the church?  What lessons are we learning as Christians from the pandemic? Well, someone of those lessons are not really going to become clearerContinue reading “What lessons should Christians be learning from the pandemic? (1) What has God been teaching us?”