Christmas for Togetherness

As we know, the world is currently experiencing a new wave of nationalism and populism. In the human search for meaning and purpose, one of the appealing solutions is to retreat  nostalgically in mythical past eras and places, or to be lured into simplistic social solutions to complex cultural problems.

This kind of thinking suggests that if only we can detach ourselves from the difficulties caused by others, we can recreate a more secure world unthreatened by those people we do not like or understand.

Martyn Goss



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Hoping for a hopeful new dawn

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Wed, 01/04/2017 - 2:37pm

In recent years politicians and decision makers around the world have been drawn to appealing to the human emotions of fear and hatred for their backing and support. It is clear that motivations such as ‘tribalism’ (expressed in prejudicial racism, sexism, nationalism, etc.) and ‘desire’ (culminating in global consumerism) have been woven into political discourse in ways maybe not so generally seen since the 1920s.

Christmas - choices of consumerism or compassion?

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Sat, 12/10/2016 - 11:07am

Maybe Christmas in today’s world really highlights our personal and social choices and priorities, especially when it comes to human well-being and fulfilment.

Our 24/7 excessively commercial world screams at us without respite through constant images and messages, and especially at this time of the year:

You will find happiness in the (oil-derived) plastic glitter and glitz!

Only buy more, eat more and drink more, and your festive holiday will satisfy your every need!

Re-thinking our Society

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Sat, 11/05/2016 - 6:50pm

Maybe it’s because of the Guy Fawkes season, but I sense this time of year is one of compelling challenge and radical change – a chance to talk of reforming the structures we have created; a time (kairos) to believe differently….

Poppy Day: A letter from Devon County Council Chairman

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:16pm

The Royal British Legion Poppy Day is on 13th November.

We all know how much and how many depend on The Royal British Legion and a successful Poppy Day Appeal.  The need for help is still as great as ever and we need to show our support for all members of the Armed Forces, retired members and their families.

Devon has always given generously.  I am confident this year we will all “wear our Poppy with pride” – and with thankfulness.

Councillor Andrew Moulding
Chairman of Devon County Council

Moving Exeter into the future

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Thu, 10/27/2016 - 8:41pm

Britain has no transport policy and nowhere more is this obvious than in Exeter. Our country has stop-start history of short-sightedness which has left us in the present mess, and which will need brave political decisions to address. Recent traffic congestion in and around the city is a symptom of this malaise, so where is the leadership needed to take us in a different direction?!

Bagels and baby clothes

Authored by Beacon Volunteer Liz Straw
Posted: Sun, 10/09/2016 - 8:01pm

Beacon Life 2  - a snapshot of life in Beacon Heath's community centre

Boxes of baby clothes are piled high on the right hand side of my desk at The Beacon Community Centre and on my left there are two boxes of bread.

My desk, with its squeaky chair, sits in the middle of this chaos and I love it; this is a community centre in action!

Beacon Life: Three miles for two bags of food

Authored by Beacon Volunteer Liz Straw
Posted: Sat, 09/03/2016 - 5:19pm

Welcome to the new Beacon LIfe blog where we share stories of what happens at our community centre in Beacon Heath.

Three miles for two bags of food

She walked into The Beacon Community Centre, anxiously looked at the groups of chatting people, turned on her heels and ran out the door clearly distressed.

I ran after her and asked if she was OK. “I’ve just walked from Exwick for the food bank, is it here?” she asked.

BLOG: English Nationalism for the Common Good?

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Tue, 08/09/2016 - 7:59am

Probably most contemporary English nationalist movements are associated with support for right-of-centre economic and social policies. There is an assumption, perhaps not surprisingly after the EU membership Referendum, that English nationalism is racist, inward-looking and ethno-phobic. Nationalism is right- wing, ugly and nasty.

Is God for In or Out??

Authored by M Goss
Posted: Thu, 06/23/2016 - 6:57am

“The purpose of God is Togetherness”.

For those of us within the Judaeo-Christian tradition, there is a deep well of understanding that as human beings we are called to develop bonds and relationships of care and trust.  The emphasis on our behaviour is to love one another – including those we would fear or dislike – and to live in harmony and unity across the brokenness and divisions of the world.

Support Local Business Week

Authored by Karina Bailey
Posted: Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:20am

Support Local Business

Being as it’s Local Business week I’m focussing this article on the many benefits of buying local, and why everyone should, seek out and support their weekly farmers markets. Buy from the local corner shop. Eat, drink and meet friends at local independent cafés; and find your gift purchases from the small, local designers or artisans. The recipients of the latter will be far more thrilled with the individuality of the gift, rather than something which is mass manufactured.