ON EDUCATION: Fireside chat with Martin Luther and Michael Gove

This is a bit of a scoop for The Shed: Martin Luther, Order of St Augustine, and the Right Honourable Michael Gove have agreed to sit down for an informal chat about education – and we have been allowed to publish their insights.¬†Their conversation marks the launch of our fireside chat series, in which contemporary politicians and great religious thinkers debate issues close to their heart. We would like to thank Martin and Michael for their participation in this unique meeting of minds.     Martin: Let’s start with a core belief of mine, Mike. People must have righteous principals…

Valentine’s Ash Day

This year I am more excited about Valentine’s Day than ever before and it’s 100% because it coincides with Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western churches – a 40-day fast leading up to Easter. To prepare ourselves for this period of fasting and praying, Christians like to get together on Ash Wednesday and smear ashes on each others’ foreheads, while reflecting on the greatest buzzkill of all: death. ¬† Back to Valentine’s Day. Right now you may be feeling slightly anxious about tonight’s restaurant dining, enveloping you and your loved one in romantic…

Welcome!

I’m building a shed!   It took me a full year of woodshop classes to produce a rickety birdhouse, so this time I’ve decided on a virtual shed – one I can build without ever having to pick up a plane or a drill. The Shed will be a place where I can saw theology, popular culture and feminism into pieces and then attempt to glue them back together again. You are welcome at the workbench too: Maybe you’ve built a theological birdhouse or a wooden relief of a contemporary, feminist issue, and you are looking for somewhere to display…