All too often religion is largely ignored as a driver of identity formation in the European context, whereas in reality Christian Churches are central players in European identity formation at the national and continental level. Christian Churches in European Integration challenges this tendency, highlighting the position of churches as important identity formers and actors in civil society. Analysing the role of Churches in engaging with two specific EU issues - that of EU treaty reform and ongoing debates about immigration and asylum policy - the author argues that Churches are unique participants in European integration. Establishing a comprehensive view of Christian Churches as having a vital role to play in European integration, this book offers a substantial and provocative contribution both to our understanding of the European Union and the broader question of how religious and state institutions interact with each another.
Earthed in Jesus' command that as his disciples we are to love one another, this book speaks to all of us-from church pastors to those attending-but, specifically to home group leaders and members. It shows how home groups can be places where people's pain and difficulties are noticed, and first steps taken to help. Wendy Billington offers valuable insights coupled with realistic and practical advice, drawing on her years of pastoral work in the community and in the local church, as well as on her personal experiences of loss and cancer. Wendy coordinates the pastoral care programme at St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks, which includes providing training in pastoral skills, listening to people's concern, bereavement care, marriage enrichment and supporting cancer sufferers and their families. She is a director of the Sevenoaks Christian Counselling Service.
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