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BREXIT: ANGLICAN ARCHBISHOPS CALL FOR PEOPLE TO "UNITE" FOLLOWING UK'S DECISION TO LEAVE EUROPEAN UNION
Updated 25th June, 2016
The Anglican Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for the British people to "unite in a common task to build a generous and forward looking country" after country voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum held on Thursday.
In a joint statement issued on Friday morning after news of the 52 to 48 per cent vote in favour of leaving the EU, Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop John Sentamu said the vote means "we must all reimagine both what it means to be the United Kingdom in an interdependent world and what values and virtues should shape and guide our relationships with others."
"As citizens of the United Kingdom, whatever our views during the referendum campaign, we must now united in a common task to build a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world," they said.
"We must remain hospitable and compassionate, builders of bridges and not barriers. Many of those living among us and alongside us as neighbours, friends and work colleagues come from overseas and some will feel a deep sense of insecurity. We must respond by offering reassurance, by cherishing our wonderfully diverse society, and by affirming the unique contribution of each and every one."
DAVID ADAMS reports on the reactions of Christian leaders to Thursday's Brexit vote... | more... |
ESSAY: BREXIT REQUIRES NEW BRAND OF LEADERSHIP
Rarely in its recent history has the UK needed leadership more than it does right now and will do for the foreseeable future.
That is, leadership as distinct from political management. Both are valuable assets in times of huge change. However, only leadership will facilitate a proactive, inclusive, reassuring and empowering move toward the future.
For the most part, management is focused on metrics, established benchmarks and tactics. Leadership is fundamentally aligned more with shaping mindsets, discovering entirely new ways of doing things and mapping out longer-term strategies.
Management is about structural engineering; leadership is about cultural architecture. It is about building a different cultural milieu in which people feel that they have the confidence and the security to innovate and prosper.
The UK has been a part of the European Union and the EEC before it for forty years. In its only other referendum on membership of the Common Market, as it was then known, was back in 1975.
The first test of whether the UK will flourish outside of the EU club will be the type of leadership it produces from here - in business, politics, the economy and much more.
Writing from London, MAL FLETCHER, chairman of the UK-based thinktank 2020Plus, reflects on what the Brexit decision means for the UK... | more... |
22nd June, 2016
CALL FOR PRAYER ACROSS THE NATION IN SEVEN DAYS LEAD-UP TO FEDERAL ELECTION
Australian prayer leaders have called on Christians to join in seven days of prayer and fasting in the lead-up to the federal election on 2nd July.
The organisers of the annual National Day of Prayer and Fasting and the team behind the Canberra Declaration said in a statement they had proposed the seven day period - which runs from 25th June to 1st July - after "extensive" discussion and input from Christian leaders as well as media and prayer leaders.
"Our mission is to amplify prayer for the last seven days before the election taking inspiration from the Australian Prayer Network call for 35 days of prayer for the federal elections (sic)."
WORLDVIEW: EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT FIGHTS EFFORTS TO REPEAL CONTROVERSIAL 'BLASPHEMY LAW'
Parliamentary efforts in Egypt to repeal the country’s equivalent of a “blasphemy law” are facing stiff opposition from the Ministry of Justice.
The ministry’s representative to parliament, Chancellor Ayman Rafah, this month told the People’s Assembly that the administration opposed efforts to eliminate the constitution’s Article 98F, which criminalises any expression “for the purpose of inciting strife, ridiculing or insulting a heavenly religion or a sect following it, or damaging national unity.”
The three “heavenly religions” in Egypt are Islam, Judaism and Christianity, but the law is almost always used against those who criticise Islam. Conviction carries a sentence of six months to five years in prison and a fine of 500 to 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($US55 to $US110).
Rafah told the People’s Assembly on 12th June that dropping Article 98F would violate a constitutional prohibition against inciting hatred against people of a revealed religion, a crime “punished by the law.” The Egyptian government considers irreverent speech a form of incitement.
Rafah also said that limits needed to be placed on some sorts of expression. A spokesman for the ministry later told media that repealing the article would be “unreasonable.”
Morning Star News reports on resistance to moves to repeal what is the equivalent of a blasphemy law in Egypt... | more... |
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Some people don’t exist – on paper, that is. Indeed, millions of people are not recognised as citizens by the law of any country.
In 2013 they were an estimated 10 million stateless people, equalling the entire population of Sweden. Since then, refugee crises have escalated dramatically worldwide. That means it is highly likely the number of stateless refugee people has grown even more.
“We are talking about people without identity who are not always inclined to reveal their status. Therefore, the statistics are rather conservative estimates”, explains Segma Asfaw, program executive at the World Council of Churches, who also has written a book on the subject, titled The Invisible Among Us.
Statelessness is a global human rights issue and there are several reasons for it, other than being a refugee.
For instance, discriminatory nationality laws in many countries prevent women passing on their own nationality to their children and can render them stateless if their fathers are no longer there to warrant nationality. Discrimination based on gender or ethnical grounds often lead to statelessness, as do changes of political systems.
CLAUS GRUE, in an article first published on the World Council of Churches website, reports on the "human rights issue" of statelessness... | more... |
AUSTRALIA VOTES: AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN LOBBY RELEASES PARTY RESPONSES TO ELECTION QUESTIONNAIRE
The Australian Christian Lobby has this week published the responses various political parties have made to 26 "key" questions ahead of the 2nd July federal election.
The questions cover subjects ranging from the controversial Safe Schools program, same-sex marriage and school chaplaincy to helping persecuted minorities and refugees, constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, prayer in parliament, gambling, abortion and euthanasia.
At the time of publication of this article, nine parties had provided responses including the National-Liberal Coalition, the Australian Labor Party and a number of smaller parties including Australian Christians, the Australian Sex Party and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. Most prominent among those parties who had not yet responded to the ACL policy questionnaire was the Australian Greens.
Lyle Shelton, the ACL’s managing director, says that the questions were designed to cover a broad range of issues Christians are interested in.
“We don’t claim that we’ve covered every area of concern…” he said, describing the lack of questions on the environmental issues, for example as “probably an oversight”.
DAVID ADAMS speaks to the Australian Christian Lobby's managing director, Lyle Shelton, about the ACL's election questionnaire and guide... | more... |
REFUGEES: MORE THAN 65 MILLION - ONE IN EVERY 113 PEOPLE ON THE GLOBE - DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOMES, ACCORDING TO UN REPORT
The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution continued to grow to unprecedented levels in 2015 with the UN refugee agency's latest report putting the figure at 65.3 million people at the year's end, an increase of more than five million people than at the end of 2014.
The Global Trends 2015 report, compiled by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and released to mark World Refugee Day on Monday, shows that of the 65.3 million people, 21.3 million are classified as refugees, 3.2 million as asylum seekers and 40.8 million as people displaced from their homes but still in their home countries.
This unprecedented level of displaced people means one in every 113 people on the planet is a refugee, asylum seeker or internally displaced - a figure larger than the combined populations of Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The report shows that, on average, 24 people fled their homes every minute during 2015, four times more than the rate of a decade earlier. A total of 12.4 million people were estimated to have been newly displaced from their homes in 2015.
DAVID ADAMS reports on new UN figures showing the number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution around the world continues to reach unprecedented levels... | more... |
ESSAY: WHY THE CHURCH'S RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE MATTERS THIS ELECTION
In the not too distant future, our global community will be powered by renewable energy. It's inevitable. We know because fossil fuels are finite. And because the huge global uptake in renewables, strengthened by a worldwide agreement to reduce emissions, has placed fossil fuels in structural decline. In other words, creating unsustainable amounts of carbon pollution is not only immoral, it will soon be unprofitable.
But when it comes to climate change, time is everything. Our challenge isn’t merely to transition to renewable energy, it’s to do it before we lock ourselves into an irreversible ecological disaster. Baptist Minister Martin Luther King, Jr’s words from 1963 is most relevant for us today: “justice too long delayed is justice denied”.
We’ve delayed too long and justice is being denied to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s less confronting if we dismiss climate change as a future problem, but the recent bleaching and widespread mortality of the reef has shaken our country with the stark reality that it’s happening right now.
JODY LIGHTFOOT, climate justice campaigner at Christian justice movement Common Grace, talks about why Christians should consider the issue of climate change before voting at the upcoming federal election... | more... |
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OPEN BOOK - HINTS FROM THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS: HARVEST
Luke tells us about the arguments the Jewish believers had among themselves. They confronted big changes to the way they were to understand themselves in a Gentile world.
At first, persecution sent the Hellenistic believers fleeing, but as they did so they proclaimed the Gospel to fellow Jews wherever they went. But when believers from Cyrene and Cyprus started to share the Good News with Gentiles in Antioch, the cat was well and truly out of the bag.
No longer was it just a message for Jews resident in the land of God's promise to Abraham. Pentecost had drawn believing Jews from around the world and so many became part of the movement that believed the Christ had come. His work completed, they were henceforth to live their lives from out of the bounty of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God had been poured out, not only at Jerusalem but also at Caesarea in the house of Cornelius.
Now in Antioch, "ordinary Gentiles", not just proselytes like Nicolaus, had come to faith. The Gospel was on the move; the Lord's hand, His personal assistance, was upon them.
BRUCE C WEARNE looks at how the Gospel was spreading in Acts 11... |
WOW! CHRISTIANS IN UKRAINE MEET IN FIRST NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR BROKEN NATION
For the first time in the history of Ukraine, all of the churches of the country recently came together for a National Day of Prayer for their war-torn nation and for peace.
The three-hour event, that took place on Saturday, 18th June, was attended by thousands of people and church leaders at the National Sports Palace in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and broadcast live by three national TV channels.
Supported by Ukraine’s Bible Society, Greek Catholics, the Baptist Union, two Pentecostal Unions, Charismatic and Independent Unions, and the senior rabbi of the Messianic Congregation in Ukraine, this was the first time that all these unions have come together in unity to call on God to restore their broken and divided nation.
Church representatives also included those from the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches.
An especially enthusiastic welcome was given to church leaders from east Ukraine and the leader of the nation’s Messianic Jewish Community. It was a far cry from a media image of politicians fighting in parliament, Russian tanks, corruption, economic stagnation and a civil airliner being shot out of the sky!
In an article first published by ASSIST News Service, GARETH LITTLER writes about the first National Day of Prayer held in Ukraine...|
SIGHT-SEEING: JO COX MP - A PRICE TOO HIGH
“The more you stay in this kind of job,” said President Richard Nixon, “the more you realise that a public figure, a major public figure, is a lonely man.”
These past couple of days, two stories in the British press have amply illustrated Mr Nixon’s point.
One story in particular has torn at the public’s emotions. The horrendous slaying of Jo Cox MP represents a tragedy for her family and a deeply troubling development for the nation.
The other story, while understandably given fewer column inches, has nonetheless raised troubling questions about police conduct.
The end of investigations into Sir Cliff Richard on sex abuse charges foreshadows - or should do - the likelihood of new questions being asked of an already struggling regional police force.
Taken together, these stories reflect the high price paid by some people for life in the public eye.
They are not, of course, completely analogous. The pain to be endured by the family of Jo Cox is of a very different order to the grief Sir Cliff has faced throughout his trial by inference.
Moreover, the actions of a lone killer are not to be compared with those of a lawful (if bungled and, in the end, unethical) police enquiry.
However, these very different tales contain important lessons for our society. They should cause us to reflect on how we project our deepest aspirations - and particularly our fears - onto public figures, often dehumanising them and ourselves in the process.
MAL FLETCHER, writing from London, reflects on lessons seen in two recent high profile stories in the British media last week, including the killing in broad daylight of MP Jox Cox...|
THIS LIFE: WHEN OUR VIEW CHANGES
When I look outside the east windows in my new residence, I see a vast array of trees, akin to a jungle. My previous backyard view was a wide-open field, sparsely populated with trees. This change of scenery during a new chapter of my life is welcome.
At times, however, I find myself wondering what God is up to that He would lead me back home, especially when it was not my plan. While I’d been seeking His will for my life, I was quite content living in the community where I had resided since 2005. I’ve learned, however, that God’s plans are always best, even when we question His direction.
I wasn’t always good at following directions, especially God’s. I wanted things my way. I wanted my plans to fall into place with the square pegs fitting into my neatly ordered life. I didn’t have time to consult God.
What happens when we don’t seek God’s will for our lives? We are stuck. Stuck in the past. Stuck in unforgiveness. Stuck in captivity.
CAROL ROUND, in an article first published by ASSIST News Service, writes about how we get a new view of life when we seek out God's will for it... |
POSTCARDS: EAST GERMANY'S "SECULAR REALITY" A NEW CHALLENGE TO REFORMATION TRADITIONS
Eastern Germany is the heartland of the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther, but today is one of the most secularised parts of the world, says German sociologist Monika Wohlrab-Sahr.
“East Germans tend to be stubborn secularists,” she said in a presentation at a recent international consultation on Reformation - Education - Transformation in Halle, about 175 kilometres southwest of Berlin.
“One has to take this secularised state of mind seriously,” said Wohlrab-Sahr, professor of cultural sociology at the University of Leipzig.
Halle itself is at the centre of a region with a rich Reformation tradition. A little over an hour away is Wittenberg, the town where Luther on 31st October, 1517, is reputed to have posted his 95 theses denouncing church abuses. Even closer is Eisleben, where Luther was born in 1483 and where he died in 1546.
Nearby is also Leipzig, where Luther defended his ideas in a noted theological disputation in 1519, and where two centuries later the composer Johann Sebastian Bach was organist and cantor at the Lutheran church of St Thomas.
In a story first run on the World Council of Churches' website, STEPHEN BROWN writes about the challenge the "stubborn secularism" of eastern Germany presents the church...|
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THE NET: INTO THY WORD
The flagship site of Into Thy Word Ministries (founded by the late US theologian Francis A Schaeffer back in 1978), this site is all about providing Christians with "effective tools" to be able to better understand and apply Biblical teachings into our lives. Along this vein, the site is packed with resources to do just that whether you're an individual, leading a small group or an entire church (the site features a special page for pastors). As well as Bible reading plans, studies and aids, there are also sections on discipleship, Christian leadership and youth ministry with enough resources on the site to keep you busy for...well, a long time.
Looking for a way to get into the Bible? DAVID ADAMS finds a site packed with resources to do just that... |
BOOKS: HOW "ORDINARY PEOPLE" CAN FOSTER ABUNDANT COMMUNITIES
What kind of world do we want to leave for our grandchildren? What kind of neighbourhoods do we want to foster for our children to grow up in? These sort of questions encourage us to dream and act for a better world. A temptation, however, is to leave planning for better communities to others - such as government, institutions or “community development experts”. The Abundant Community puts the responsibility for engaged citizenship back into the hands of ordinary people.
The writers bring decades of community development and organisational leadership experience to their writing. John McKnight is a community organiser and recognised as the leading architect of 'assets based community development', which he wrote about in Building Communities from the Inside Out. Peter Block, meanwhile, is an early expert in organisation development who now focuses on fostering local civic engagement. They describe their working and writing partnership together as seeking to explore how communities can be “villages” that band together to raise their children.
The clearest and most refreshing word of the book was “enough”. It showed me new ways of understanding and using the word. Firstly, applied to goods and services, “enough” invites satisfaction and contentment with what we have (rather than having to buy more).
DARREN CRONSHAW on a book that's all about building successful communities... |
ON THE SCREEN:MONEY MONSTER A SCATHING COMMENTARY ON THE MORALITY OF FINANCE AND 24/7 ENTERTAINMENTCULTURE
A movie which has the calibre of actors like George Clooney and Julia Roberts is one that usually gets my attention. And it turns out my hunches about the quality of this movie were not unfounded.
Money Monster is a critique of a society that has become numb to the influences of social media and which sees a culture of violence as entertainment. Clooney plays TV personality, Lee Gates, the host of a tabloid-style financial advice cum game show called 'Money Monster', who has recently given advice to his millions of viewers to buy shares in a company called IBIS Clear Capital, whose share price subsequently tanks, and, as a result, the people who took the advice of the popular Gates lose millions of dollars.
One of those people is Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), who lost his life savings of $60,000 after listening to Gates. Distraught and seeking answers, Budwell infiltrates the show as it goes live to air, pulling a gun on Gates and holding him and his crew hostage, as millions of viewers around the country watch on.
NILS VON KALM finds Money Monster an insightful social commentary... |
APPS: THE BIBLE ON TAP, AND TAKING A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON GOD IN THE MIDST OF A BUSY DAY Have the Bible at your fingertips with the Gideon Bible App(by Gideon's International, the people who place Bibles in hotel rooms and a host of other places). Simply select your language and your version (the English language version offers three different versions - the English Standard Version and two versions of the King James, one with dramatic effects and the other without), and either read or listen to whichever New or Old Testament text you'd like to (the app has been developed with tech by Faith Comes By Hearing).
DAVID ADAMS takes a look at the Gideon Bible App and Loyola Press' Three Minute Retreat... |
MUSIC: GYMEA BAPTIST'S NEW HORIZON'S A "GENUINE DELIGHT"
If I was to present to you a worship EP from a large church in the Sydney area, you would think Hillsong right? Ah, but there is more than one church in Sydney that has the gift of music to offer the world. May I introduce you to Gymea Baptist Church and their worship EP New Horizons.
New Horizons - the church's first recording project since 1984 - offers five new contemporary home-grown congregational worship songs of genuine quality that have been created to bless, encourage and inspire worship leaders around the world. Yes, it’s an ambitious goal considering our leviathan brothers at Hillsong, yet it is already coming to pass with churches around the world downloading the free lyrics and chord charts from their web site.
The EP starts strongly with Whatever It Takes, a catchy, rocky, pulsating song of praise offerings our services to God - wherever He takes us. From here, New Horizons really takes off into the stratosphere with You Won’t Let Go, Waterfalls, and Count As Loss. These songs are deeply stirring with each song better than the last. They form a worship progression that is equal to any in the world in terms of lyrical content, song writing and, most importantly, spiritual engagement. The anthem-like title track New Horizons closes out the EP perfectly.
ROBBIE TOWNSEND finds Gymea Baptist Church's new EP...well..."delightful"...|
23rd June, 2016
THE TCM UPDATE: EMMA MULLINGS' SKINNY ROADS HITS #1; SWITCHFOOT'S 10TH; AND, A TRIBUTE TO CHRISTINA GRIMMIE...
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TRENDSPOTTER: DECLARING AN INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR?
Did you know that the 13th June was the International Albinism Awareness Day, that 20th June is World Refugee Day and that the 26th June is the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture? It seems that almost every other day is a special day commemorating something (generally good causes, mind) and while the UN has a list of official 'international days' (the first was declared for 10th December, 1950, and was Human Rights Day), a growing number of organisations are these days declaring their own international days. These range from the serious, such as the International Day of the Midwife (declared to be 5th May by the International Confederation of Midwives), to the rather more silly International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
DAVID ADAMS looks at the growing number of 'international days'...|
HELPDESK: MICROSOFT'S NOTE-TAKING ALTERNATIVE TO EVERNOTE
When most people think of digital notetaking, they generally think of Evernote. In fact, a Sight article I wrote included Evernote and some of the things it can do. See my previous article here.
Founded in 2007, Evernote grew fast. Investors were throwing money at it and it made moves into hardware, teaming up with other companies to make products designed for their software. They started an online store for customers to purchase their products.
But recently, Evernote has been scaling back its operations, shedding staff, backing out of hardware, closing down its store and various other apps like Evernote Food (see here). This has created a bit of unrest in regards to its future. After all, they hold an enormous amount of their customers' notes on their system.
However, If you have notes in Evernote and are concerned, there's an alternative. Microsoft's OneNote is free, in some cases can do more than Evernote. It's designed intuitively and upon opening, has a familiar interface based on notebooks.
You can create different notebooks for different topics. In those notebooks, you have tabs and in those tabs you have your pages.
Searching for an alternative to Evernote, ALAN TAYLOR finds Microsoft's free OneNote a good option... |
ORIGINS: CELEBRATING 90 YEARS OF TELEVISION
It was 90 years ago this year that Scottish inventor John Logie Baird publicly demonstrated his "televisor", the forerunner of the modern television.
The demonstration on 26th January, 1926, involved the transmission of a small moving image - measuring just 8.8 by five centimetres - of the face of his business partner, Daisy Elizabeth Gandy, onto a screen in a different room.
The device has been described as working rather like a radio but had an attached rotating mechanism that generated video as well as sound (modern televisions, in contrast, use electronic scanning).
The demonstration, which took place in a laboratory in Soho, London, in front of members of the Royal Institution and a journalist from The Times newspaper, came two years after Baird first managed to transmit a flickering image over a distance of about three metres.
DAVID ADAMS looks back at where it all began for television... |
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THE BIG PICTURE: HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOUR CHILDREN ALWAYS IGNORED YOU?
Alice has a 25-year-old son who recently moved out of home to get married. He’s super busy with work. He’s on social media a lot too. His mum knows because she can see how active he is on Facebook. But when she sends him messages he rarely responds. He says he’s too busy. Peter only lives five blocks away but he never drops round unless he needs something; like dog minding when he’s interstate for work. "We were so close," Alice says. "You don’t know how often I’ve cried wishing I had my little boy back. No one ever told me how my heart would be broken by my son." None of us are perfect sons or daughters. But we know in our heart there’s something wrong with children who ignore loving parents. A child who’s too busy to bother calling, let alone drop in, has forgotten the years of care and commitment their parents provided. They’ve stopped caring about the people who gave them life.
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THEY SAID IT
"Where we see hatred, where we find division, where we see intolerance we must drive it out of our politics and out of our public life and out of our communities."
- UK Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking after MP Jo Cox, a vocal supporter of the UK remaining part of the EU, was killed in a daylight attack in a street in her northern English constituency village of Birstall on 16th June, 2016.
"We were shocked by the number of displaced people and we weren't prepared to receive them. We secured tents for some of them but the rest, including women and children, are sleeping on the ground under the sun. Their situation is a tragedy."
- An unnamed Iraqi aid worker, speaking with regard to the tens of thousands of people who have fled their homes since the Iraqi Government launched an attack against what was an Islamic State stronghold (as quoted on SBS on 20th June, 2016)
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31st May, 2016
The Australian Prayer Network has launched a weekly prayer guide with reference to Australia's upcoming federal election. The five week guide is based around a series of weekly themes with a different prayer and Scriptures for each day. To access the prayer guide, head here.
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PRINT YOUR OWN OFFICE BUILDING; A SAUNA WITH YOUR BURGER?; BLIND-FOLDED MOWING; AND THE 'CHICKEN CHURCH'...
We've all seen the excitement over 3D printing and the opportunity it presents to print all manner of objects. But what about an entire building? Dubai has opened what it's called the first fully functioning 3D-printed office building, created by printers both large and small. The one-storey prototype cement building was reportedly built in just 17 days and cost about $US140,000.
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CHRISTIAN SYMBOL DISCOVERED ON ROMAN-ERA POTTERY SHARD FOUND IN LONDON...
A 4th century piece of pottery discovered in London almost 50 years ago has recently been found to bear a Christian symbol in what experts say is a rare example of such a find from the city's Roman period.
The symbol, etched into the pottery, depicts the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ, Christos. The monogram, known as the chi-rho (chi being the Greek X and rho being the Greek P), was reportedly recently discovered on the pottery piece by volunteers at the Museum of London's Archaeological Archive.