COVID-19: The next step to normality or a reckless risk

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Boris Johnson has indicated that plans to end all COVID-19 regulations will be brought forward from the end of March to early March with further announcements expected after the school half term holidays. In practice, for England (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will continue to have their own regulations and guidance) this means that there… Continue reading COVID-19: The next step to normality or a reckless risk

2022, COVID or a post COVID world and the church

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I thought it might be helpful to say a little bit more about what we might expect to happen with COVID-19 over the next year or so and how this might affect our approach to church life.  I’ve seen a few people setting out some potentially scary scenarios recently. For example, in one very bleak… Continue reading 2022, COVID or a post COVID world and the church

Omicron and “Plan C” – how’s it going?

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Yesterday morning, I wrote about talk of a Plan C against COVID this winter. My view was that the Government would feel under significant pressure to implement this plan over the next few days.  I had always suspected that we’d be hearing very soon from the Prime Minister again and so it turned out with… Continue reading Omicron and “Plan C” – how’s it going?

COVID19 update – will we need plan c?

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One of the concerns I’ve raised over the past week or two is that we now seem to be on a trajectory towards even stricter COVID19 restrictions in England and presumably then across the United Kingdom. My concern is two-fold. The first is that such measures might become urgently necessary because I’m not convinced that… Continue reading COVID19 update – will we need plan c?

Omicron – what should and shouldn’t we be looking out for?

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We’re holding our breath a little at the moment to see what the level of threat from the Omicron variant is.  It seems that on an hourly basis we are hearing news and commentary that either encourages confidence that all will be well or panic that we are about to head back into a nightmare.… Continue reading Omicron – what should and shouldn’t we be looking out for?

COVID -the continent and partial lockdowns

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Over the past few days there have been moves across Europe to forms of lockdown again. Some countries, most notably Austria have been implementing partial lockdowns with measures falling primarily on those who have not yet been vaccinated. This has raised questions about Whether or not it is ethical to single out the unvaccinated and… Continue reading COVID -the continent and partial lockdowns

What is happening with COVID cases and should we be worried?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen COVID19 cases in the UK increase significantly again up to the kinds of levels we were seeing back in June/July. Here’s the UK wide picture. Primarily the case growth has been driven by English case numbers. Here’s the plot of reported cases and the growth in reported cases… Continue reading What is happening with COVID cases and should we be worried?

Vaccine conversations -Am I a truth suppressor?

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Yesterday I published this article from Ash Cunningham in response to my article about Vaccine hesitancy and vaccine denial which Ash had prior sight of. I don’t want to prolong a debate but I did think it might be helpful to clarify one thing from the conversation and that might in turn help us to… Continue reading Vaccine conversations -Am I a truth suppressor?

Taking the man out of mandatory vaccines

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From time to time I publish guest articles on faithroot.com. This article comes from Ash Cunningham, assistant pastor at Grace Church Cheltenham and is in response to my article yesterday on vaccine hesitancy and vaccine denial which Ash had prior sight of. I’m no Ghetto Barbie I hope that the following article wasn’t entirely prompted… Continue reading Taking the man out of mandatory vaccines

vaccine hesitancy and vaccine denial

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Back in 2011 we were looking at the possibility of moving to two Sunday morning congregations. I’d personally been convinced by the passionate persuasion of a couple of leaders, however there were still some members that were unsure and some that were outright opposed. At one point I was even accused of personally seeking to… Continue reading vaccine hesitancy and vaccine denial