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Saline Solution - Oxford
Saturday 15 November
William Osler House, Headington
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CMF Scotland Conference
Christ is coming: Anticipation and preparation
7-9 November, Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire
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Vacancy - Head of Student Ministries
Providing vision and leadership for CMF's ministry amongst medical students
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Lord Carey now supports assisted suicide


Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, wrote in the Daily Mail sharing his support for Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill.

Listen to CMF CEO, Dr Peter Saunders, debate with Lord Falconer on BBC Radio Five Live.

Duration: 7 mins

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October 2014

National Junior Doctors' Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: 24-26 October
Where: Hothorpe Hall, Leicestershire
For: all junior doctors
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November 2014

CMF Scotland Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: 7-9 November 2014
Where: Gartmore House, Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire
For: doctors, juniors, students, allied health professionals
Book online: Online booking available for this event.
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London & SE Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: Saturday 8 November
Where: CMF HQ, London
For: doctors, juniors, nurses and AHPs
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Saline Solution Oxford

this event is run by CMF
When: Saturday 15 November 2014
Where: William Osler House, Headington, Oxford
For: doctors, juniors, students, allied health professionals
Book online: Online booking available for this event.
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February 2015

Delighting in the Trinity - Student Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: 13-15 February 2015
Where: Yarnfield Park, Stone, Staffordshire
For: Students, and student nurses
Book online: Online booking available for this event.
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April 2015

CMF Paediatric Breakfast

this event is run by CMF
When: Wednesday 29 April 2015
Where: The ICC, Birmingham
For: doctors, juniors
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25th October 2014: An Eye for an Eye

If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:39 (NIV)

So often we get angry -- and sin. Our impulse is to retaliate when someone, perhaps a patient, or a friend, hurts or insults us, making us angry. The Jews gave this impulse the seal of approval and codified it as the law of retaliation, the lex talionis `eye for eye, and tooth for tooth' (Mt 5:38).

But Jesus tells us not to retaliate or resist (Mt 5:39). Paul, quoting Psalm 4:4, urges us, `In your anger, do not sin' (Eph 4:26). My understanding of this is that it is normal to feel hurt and angry when we are attacked or rejected in some way, but it is wrong to allow the anger to flow into retaliation, revenge, hate or destructiveness. We should not hurt back. We should turn the other cheek.

O how hard it is not to hit back! All too often I find myself letting the Lord down on this one. I need the loving power of his Holy Spirit -- and a strategy. I think Jesus is teaching us a strategy: turn the other cheek. What does he mean? I do not think he is saying: `Be nice. Just soak it up and be a doormat'. This is what I assumed I was being taught in my Christian upbringing, and I find that many Christians still have the same assumption.

But Christ's teaching about turning the other cheek occurs in a chapter dealing, inter alia, with reconciliation and loving even our enemies. I am to love the person who has struck me and try to be reconciled with him. And how else can I turn the other cheek unless I stay with that person rather than walk away? Walking away means to ignore the incident, to sweep it under the carpet. On the other hand, if I use the energy of my anger to stay with my attacker, turning the other cheek (which takes courage), I neither retaliate nor walk away -- I face him, I remain vulnerable, I open up the opportunity for dialogue. My attitude is one of love, of seeking reconciliation.

My attacker is surprised, wondering why I did not defend myself or retaliate. I maintain my personal integrity (far from being a doormat). I ask `Why did you hit me?' and I may discover that he had good reason! Many a friendship started this way. If I had retaliated or just walked away, I would have lost yet another opportunity.

Dear Lord, what do you really mean
when you tell me to turn the other cheek?
It is such a hard thing to do.
Help me to understand, deeply.

Further reading: Pr 15:1. Mt 5:38-48.


press releases and submissions

Charities unite to express concern about distorted abortion debate (24/10/2013)

The Christian Medical Fellowship, CARE in Northern Ireland and the Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland have briefed Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) this week that they are deeply concerned by the possibility of a knee-jerk legislative response based on a misunderstanding of anencephaly, abortion and Northern Ireland's abortion law....
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Failure of CPS to prosecute effectively legalises sex selection abortion in Britain, says CMF (5/9/2013)

The Christian Medical Fellowship has said that the failure of the Crown Prosecution Service to take action in recent cases of sex selection abortions and pre-signing of abortion forms raises serious questions about its role in upholding the law. The CPS has this week opted to take no further action in regard to two named doctors who sought to...
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Response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into mitochondrial donation - 22/10/2014

The Science and Technology Committee is holding a one-off evidence session to consider the science of mitochondrial donation and to scrutinise further the scientific evidence on it. The written submission from CMF to the committee is here .

Response to the Proposed Organ and Tissue Donation (Scotland) Bill - 25/9/2014

Ms Anne McTaggart, MSP, consulted on a proposed bill on organ donation in Scotland, which would move from the current opt-in system to a soft opt-out system. This CMF submission to her consultation questions explains that the Bill is unnecessary, will cost millions, will be highly complicated to administer and is ethically problematic. Read full...

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vacancies at CMF

Head of Student Ministries

We are looking for a new Head of Student Ministries who will provide overall vision and leadership for CMF's ministry amongst medical students. The successful candidate will have a medical qualification; substantial ministry experience relevant to the United Kingdom student context and a commitment to the aims, doctrinal basis, values and culture of CMF.

Full details and an application form are available from Gwen Gowers – email or phone 02072349663.

The closing date for application is 28 November 2014.