Mosque holds interfaith forum on religious unity

Posted on October 4th, by David Marino Jr in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Religion: a cause of unity or division?

The Ahmadiyya mosque in Croydon was lit up with debate Friday evening, as a public forum celebrating religious diversity and interfaith awareness took place.

The event at Baitus Subhan Mosque was attended by about thirty people, several speakers took to the podium to address religious diversity. The main event of the night were duelling addresses … Read More »

What the Old Testament book of Nehemiah can teach us about modern day Croydon

Posted on May 2nd, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Uncovering lessons for present-day Croydon in BCE Jerusalem

Let me take you through the sands of time to the year of 430BC.

Nehemiah is a cup-bearer in Persian King Artaxerxes’ court who learns from his brother that the Jewish exiles that were taken captive by the Babylonians seventy years earlier have started to return and make a life again in Jerusalem. However, the wall … Read More »

A Christmas prayer for Croydon

Posted on December 2nd, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

A list of demands for an authority higher than Develop Croydon

Dear Lord,

Thank you for bringing us to the end of another year in Croydon.

As ever, it has been a mixed year – with highs, lows, and everything in between. Whilst we might not fully understand why some things happen to ourselves or our fellow Croydonians, we can trust in … Read More »

Celebration of regeneration at the Minster’s Season of Creation

Posted on October 11th, by Lee Taylor in Politics & Society. No Comments

Lee Taylor, Associate Vicar of Croydon Minster, ponders some ancient words of advice for Croydon

When conversations begin about building and protecting, it can easily be assumed that urban economic developers and conservationists are inexorable enemies. Yet, these interlocutors have one thing in common: the welfare and flourishing of the place in which they are set. Between them, they have a concern for the built and natural … Read More »

Could a religious revival save Croydon from itself?

Posted on October 13th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Jonny Rose recommends an injection of faith for Croydon to avoid going the way of Burton Upon Trent

Regular readers of the Croydon Citizen will know that I have little time for say-what-you-see type lamentations about Croydon. Bring me solutions, not problems.

The most recent example of this was Paul Dennis’s article last week that profiled his childhood stomping ground of Burton … Read More »

Croydon is the new Corinth

Posted on October 15th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Taking a break from evangelising about #Croydon #TechCity, Jonny Rose compares our town to the ancient city-state

In 49 or 50 C.E., the Apostle Paul arrived in Corinth with a burning desire to spread the gospel (literally, ‘Good News’) of Jesus Christ: proclaiming the forgiveness of sins, freedom for the oppressed and reconciliation for those separated from God.

His choice was no mistake: Corinth, … Read More »