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Careers Day Conference Putting Jesus at the centre, 5 September
Careers Day Conference
Putting Jesus at the centre, 5 September
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Serving in Babylon
Midlands Day Conference
10 October, Coventry
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Growing in gratitude and compassion
London and SE Day Conference
7 November, London
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Ebola - Dr Sam Dunnet in Sierra Leone
CMF member Dr Sam Dunnet tells of her time in Sierra Leone, fighting the Ebola epidemic.
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European ruling on assisted suicide – Dr Peter Saunders on Premier

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The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has found the latest Nicklinson/Lamb legal challenge to be 'manifestly ill-founded and declared it inadmissible'.
Broadcast on Premier - 16 July 2015

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events

September 2015

Careers Day Conference 2015

this event is run by CMF
When: Saturday 5 September
Where: Johnson House, London
For: final year students and junior doctors.
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Who is my neighbour?

this event is run by CMF
When: Saturday 19 September
Where: Glasgow, St Silas Church
For: all Christian health professionals
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October 2015

Midlands Day Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: Saturday 10 October
Where: Coventry
For: all healthcare professionals, medical and nursing students, spouses and friends.
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Northern Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: 16 - 18 October
Where: Ilkley, the Craiglands Hotel
For: In addition to CMF members and their families, we welcome all medical, nursing and allied healthcare professionals to this conference. Medical students and junior doctors are most welcome.
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devotional

28th August 2015: Death and Dying

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. Jo

The Bible is realistic! Nowhere does it say that we should not face dying. Dying can be a distressing and painful process. It would be irresponsible for us to say we could lightly leave those who are dependent on us. Our Lord wept at a tomb, and he offered prayers and supplications 'with loud cries and tear' before his own death (Heb 5:7). Perhaps, however, the way will not be as fearful or as lonely as we might think, because he who went through it in utter loneliness has promised to come again and receive us unto himself (Jn 14:3).

However, Christ certainly does save us from the fear of death -- that is, the fear of being dead (Heb 2:14-18). After the pain, after the parting, we shall be with Christ, which is far better (Phil 1:23). Job, in his suffering, looked forward to the time when 'I shall see him, and not as a stranger' (Job 19:27).

If life belong I will be glad, that I may long obey;
If short, why should I be sad to welcome endless day.

Richard Baxter

One of the most poignant contrasts I have seen is that between a dying Christian, and the end of a man who has rejected Christ. For the one, horizons open up, one whom he has come to know waits to greet him 'and not as a stranger'; for the other, horizons close in, the 'great unknown' approaches, and the time that remains is filled with petty distractions.

Our Lord told Peter that in his dying he would 'glorify God' (Jn 21:19). And what an encouragement Peter's confidence and joy, as he approached his 'exodus' (2 Pet 13:15), must have been to the early church. We shall have that same opportunity one day, to 'Glorify God' in the way we face death. But now, by our attitude to death, and by the way we speak to patients close to death, let us seek to glorify God. And let us, day by day, situation by situation, seek to get to know him; so that when we go to be with him, we shall see him... but not as a stranger!

In the valley of the shadow of death you will be with me, Lord.
But sensitise me now to your presence,
so that you will be no stranger to me when we meet.

Further reading: Heb 2:14-18. Rom 8:35-39.

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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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vacancies at CMF

Membership and Information Technology Manager

Job type: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Location: London SE1
Salary: £31,383pa

The role of Membership and Information Technology Manager encompasses three key functions which are central to the effective support of Christian Medical Fellowship's ministry:

Firstly, managing and preparing reports from CMF's membership database which includes membership records, subscription and donation information.

Secondly, in conjunction with external consultants, ensuring that our present and future databases and websites are successfully developed with a high level of functionality.

Thirdly, acting as the first line of support for the office network, computers and servers.

Contact details:

For details of the job description, employment package and background information about CMF, please contact recruitment@cmf.org.uk or phone Graham Sopp on 0207 234 9666.

Closing date: 9.00am on Friday 28th August 2015