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CMF Junior Doctors' Retreat
22-24 May 2015
Moyallon Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland
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Life is precious: Michael

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Life is Precious is a video series from the Christian Medical Fellowship.

Find out more at http://www.cmf.org.uk/ethics
and discover The Human Journey, here: http://www.humanjourney.org.uk
Duration: 5 mins

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April 2015

National Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: 24-26 April 2015
Where: Yarnfield Park, Stone, Staffordshire
For: doctors, juniors, nurses, students, allied health professionals
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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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CMF Rheumatology Breakfast

this event is run by CMF
When: Wednesday 29 April 2015
Where: Manchester Central, Manchester
For: doctors, juniors
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May 2015

Junior Doctors' Retreat

this event is run by CMF
When: 22-24 May 2015
Where: Moyallon Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland
For: doctors, juniors, students
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devotional

25th April 2015: Lessons in Unemployment (1) -- Why so hard to be Unemployed?

The apostles returned and met with Jesus, and told him all they had done and taught. There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his disciples didn't even have time to eat. So he said to them 'Let us go off by ourselves to some place where w

Eight o'clock on a sunny August morning, and suddenly I'm no longer on call; in fact I'm no longer employed. The patients I've admitted overnight are now the responsibility of my successor, my bleep is silent, and I'm free. Leaving the hospital, I meet some other members of the firm on their way to breakfast before outpatients, and already I feel an outsider. I've been unemployed for fifteen minutes, and I hate it.

The usual lift of the spirits at the start of a holiday isn't there. Life outside the hospital goes on as before, but it doesn't take long to see that medicine has taken up so much of my energy and enthusiasm that there isn't much life outside the hospital for me. Lesson one: it is hard to be unemployed because it makes me face the poverty of my interests.

Insecurity, a change of pace and the loss of the sense of being needed were all aspects of unemployment I had expected, being warned about them by my patients. What I didn't expect, and find the hardest to hear, is the silence of my mind. I have no list of jobs to do, no problems to unravel, no new skills to challenge me. The stamp of a working, active God seems to be so deep within us that employment causes a tension which is continually there, sometimes drowned temporarily, but always returning.

Lesson two: it is hard to be unemployed because there is no shape or form to it -- and it seems to be purposeless.

O Lord, who gave us work to do,
may I never make my work an end in itself -- an idol.
If unemployment comes my way, teach me its lessons,
help me to understand my own negative reactions,
and find grace to help, not only for myself
but for others like me.

Further reading: 1 Ki 17:1-6, 18:1.

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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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Government Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill – Prevent Duty Guidance - 30/1/2015

We affirm the importance of free speech on campus, and recognise the potential risk of misuse of higher education institutions as platforms for drawing people into terrorism. However we are concerned that the guidance as currently drafted would have a chilling effect on free speech and freedom of association, wholly disproportionate to its impact...

Department of Justice, Northern Ireland - consultation on amending the criminal law on abortion - 16/1/2015

The Northern Ireland Department of Justice seeks a change in the law that would permit abortion in cases where the unborn baby has a 'lethal fetal abnormality'. Further, the Department is also considering doing so in relation to cases of rape and incest. Finally, they are considering if there should be a right to conscientious objection for those...

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