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Author Paul Hobson

Paul Hobson is editor of The Baptist Times of Great Britain, the online newspaper of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

A free, newly launched animated film helps Christians around the world recognize the human cost of a changing climate, and its particular impact on poor and vulnerable women and children. […] Read More

Baptist Union of Great Britain General Secretary Lynn Green has joined other faith leaders in urging the United Kingdom’s government to take immediate action to deliver aid to civilians in besieged Aleppo. The plea comes as humanitarian organizations warn that supplies of food and medicine are running out in eastern Aleppo. The besieged area of […] Read More

Baptists in Europe and the Middle East who are involved in the response to the refugee crisis are seeing an “incredible spiritual harvest.” Yet, there is a sense of anger, of being overwhelmed at its scale, and warnings about the growing pressure in places affected by the blockage of refugee routes, such as Italy, Greece […] Read More

Baptists in the United Kingdom learned how Baptists in Lebanon have responded to the refugee crisis during the Baptist Union of Great Britain’s annual assembly on May 14. A video featuring the story of Ali, a taxi driver from Aleppo, was shown during the assembly. His family was “happy, quite well off,” he said, “then […] Read More

Following the Easter attack on a children’s park in Pakistan, the Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) of the Evangelical Alliance is calling on the British government to act immediately to enshrine freedom of religion or belief in all United Kingdom foreign policy. More than 70 people were killed on Easter Sunday by a suicide bomber linked […] Read More

Major churches in the United Kingdom are warning that the government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill marks a dangerous shift away from a core principle of the welfare state and will make poor people even poorer. A YouGov survey commissioned by the churches has also revealed that 61 percent of U.K. adults believe that welfare […] Read More

To leave people in such an inhuman place is a scandal, whatever one’s views on immigration. That was the response of Sam King, pastor of Calne Baptist Church in Wiltshire, United Kingdom, who recently saw the shocking conditions at the Calais refugee camp on the northern coast of France. Around 4,000 people are there, including […] Read More

Most people like the Christians they know while the vast majority of the population still identify with the Christian faith. Fifty-seven percent of people in England call themselves Christians (though a fraction of those would be described as “practicing”), and one in five of those who don’t is open to finding out more about Jesus […] Read More

It’s been the focus of much coverage this summer, but beyond the headlines what’s life like for those living in the Calais “jungle,” a makeshift migrant camp near the French coastal city? And is there anything those moved by the unfolding humanitarian situation a few miles from the United Kingdom’s shores can do to help? […] Read More

The United Kingdom’s government has been asked to “adopt language which better reflects the British values of compassion, hospitality and respect for human dignity” in its discussions on the situation in Calais, France. In a statement issued by the Joint Public Issues Team, Baptist Union General Secretary Lynn Green joined leaders from four other denominations […] Read More