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Aug 30, 2023

Greenbelt Festival turned 50 this year. It is, quite possibly, the best festival in the world.

Beer Christianity at Greenbelt Festival

It used to be the coolest Christian music festival in Britain - which is a nice accolade, but, like being the coolest engineer at the felting workshop, perhaps one with limited meaning outside specific circles. But over the...

Aug 11, 2023

Alex Clare-Young (pronouns: they/them) is a minister in the United Reformed Church, with a passion for Scripture, inclusion and social justice. They identify as Jesus-follower, trans and non-binary.

What does someone with identities so regularly weaponised by culture warriors actually think about Scripture, the Church...

Aug 2, 2023

Should trans women compete as women at an elite level of sport?

Cleo Madeleine, trans educator and activist

The Right's Culture War (TM) has used this question as a wedge issue in its ongoing targeting of trans people as pawns in a larger game. But who is more often hurt as a result of the targeted rhetoric (and the unthinking regurgitation by ordinary...

Jul 21, 2023

"Ramshackle, DIY and deeply Christian" - that's how Paul Northup describes Greenbelt festival in the first few years of it's 50-year life so far. It's also a pretty good description of this podcast.

Greenbelt Christian Festival's Paul Northup on Beer Christianity podcast

Paul is Director of Greenbelt Festival, a "place to believe in" that seeks to embody a Newbigin-style 'no splits'...

Jul 15, 2023

We've been through this before. So many times. Is there anything left to learn, or are we just unwilling to learn it? Perhaps a recent study holds the answers.

NGO Halo and Christian scandals

Mike Pilavachi is the latest 'celebrity Christian' whos eministry has been tainted by scandal. In Part 2 of Beer Christianity's look at our icons with cracked...