What does hope mean in this time?
This is a time which raises hard questions – about how we live, about our values, about God. We asked people what was most on their minds, and then we asked a wide range of writers, thinkers and theologians to reflect on these ‘hard questions’.
Hope and faith are intertwined. Hope is not wishful thinking, it is a vital, life-giving force. As disciples of Christ we need to nurture a
culture of hope, seeking to make life better here and now.
The Revd Dr Anderson Jeremiah is a Lecturer in World Christianity at Lancaster University
Suffering and hope are not opposites, but there are things we need as human beings to make hope possible. We are creatures driven by the need
for communion, for relationship with each other.
Dr Anna Rowlands, St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought & Practice, Durham University
Hope is a choice. I think feeling hopeful has very little to do with being hopeful. We identify ourselves as hopeful people by the choices we
Hannah Malcolm, writer and winner of the Theology Slam 2019
Christianity isn’t really an optimistic religion, but it is a profoundly hopeful one because we trust in God’s ability to bring life out of
Dr Jane Williams, Assistant Dean and Tutor in Theology, St Mellitus College
I have some quite considerable hope during this time! I see hope in us asking what kind of world do we want to see, to build, going forwards. I
believe that God is able to work his good in all things and good can come from this.
Dr Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund
Christian Hope is that we stand on the ground of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ: that the ultimate victory over suffering and death
has already been won. My hope is that the church may emerge from this better able to focus on the hope of the gospel.
The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Designate Archbishop of York
Christian hope is never about what I wish for personally. Christian hope always has as its goal the flourishing of the whole: our whole
community, our society, and the world. Hope is known when we work and act together to bring about justice and share love.
The Revd Dr Susie Snyder, Tutor, Ripon College Cuddesdon
I want to mention children as a sign of hope. God comes to us as a child. St Augustine says, God is always younger than us. Children show
us God’s creativity, God’s playfulness.
Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP