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Ekklesia was originally set up to operate 'virtually', with its freelance / volunteer staff operating from different locations. We are now in the process of establishing a modest, flexible office and meeting base through our partners in London, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. We also work in collaboration with associates in Scotland and elsewhere in England and Wales. Ekklesia's model of operation is co-operative. Thanks to support from Andrews Charitable Trust we are establishing a small paid staff team for the first time in 2014/15. Our staff as at June 2014 are as set out below - but there is also a range of other associates, consultants and contributors. If you want to contact any of the staff individually by email you can do so by firstname.secondname(at)ekklesia.co.uk To find out more about Ekklesia, see our values statement.
Simon Barrow is a practical theologian, commentator, journalist, NGO consultant, adult educator and trainer. He was for several years a regular columnist with Third way, the magazine of Christian cultural comment. He contributes to the Scotsman, the Guardian, Mennonite Weekly Review, the Baptist Times, The Times, Political Theology, openDemocracy's Our Kingdom project, and a wide range of other media outlets. He is a partner of the Critical Religion project based at the University of Stirling, and a member of the executive committee for the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh. From 2000-2005 Simon was global mission secretary for the official ecumenical body Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), which he also served as assistant general secretary until 2003. He was formerly adviser in adult education and training for Southwark Anglican Diocese (1991-1996) and has worked in current affairs journalism, theological education, international ecumenism, development studies, and as the convenor of a national network of Christian social action groups. Simon has written and co-edited a number of books, including Fear or Freedom? Why a Warring Church Must Change (Shoving Leopard: 2008), Consuming Passion: Why the Killing of Jesus Really Matters (DLT: 2005), Christian Mission in Western Society: Precedents, Perspectives, Prospects (CTBI: 2001) and Expanding Horizons: Learning to be the Church in the World (SBCS: 1995). His articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as the British Journal of Theological Education, Mozaik (WSCF), the International Review of Mission (World Council of Churches), Christian, Crucible, Pro Mundi Vita, the International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, Movement and others. Living in Edinburgh, Simon is an associate of the Iona Community and a member of the congregation at St James, Leith. An Episcopalian shaped by Mennonite/Anabaptist theology and Catholic spirituality, his research and academic interests include peacemaking, communications, political theology, and the conversation between postmodern faith and other viewpoints - including secular and non-religious ones. He is a media advisor for the Just Festival in Edinburgh, a recent (2009 - 2013) trustee and company director of the Mennonite Trust, a publishing consultant, a coordinator of the Anabaptist Theology Forum, a member of the Accord Coalition for inclusive education's steering committee, active in the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Scottish TUC, and on the board of the Dumbarton FC supporters' trust provident society. Simon can be found on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/simonbarrow
Jonathan Bartley is a regular writer, public speaker and commentator on television, radio and in the papers. In particular he has been a contributor to BBC Radio 4's 'Thought for the Day' and is a columnist for the Church Times and the Guardian's Comment is Free. He is a regular panellist on BBC1's 'The Big Questions'. He does the news review on BBC London's Sunday Morning Programme, and is frequently heard commentating on Radio 5 Live and Radio 2's Jeremy Vine programme. He has lectured and tutored in Theology and Politics at Sarum College in Salisbury. Jonathan founded Ekklesia in 2001-2. He stood for the Green Party in Southwark for the 2012 Greater London Assembly (GLA) Elections. Having graduated from the London School of Economics in 1994, Jonathan worked in the Westminster Parliament for a number of years on a cross-party basis, including with the then Prime Minister John Major as part of his campaign team in the 1995 leadership election against John Redwood. Between 1997 and 2001 he ran the cross-party Movement for Christian Democracy. He is a trustee of the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education and the author of a number of books on religion and public life including: The Subversive Manifesto: Lifting the Lid on God's Political Agenda (BRF: 2003) and Faith and Politics After Christendom: The Church as a Movement for Anarchy (Paternoster: 2006). Jonathan was co-editor of Consuming Passion: Why The Killing of Jesus Really Matters (DLT: 2005). He has a particular concern for disability issues and lives in Streatham, South London. You can follow Jonathan's twitterings at: http://www.twitter.com/jon_bartley You can also see him at blues clubs and festivals around the country playing in his band: The Mustangs
Jill Segger is a freelance writer who contributes to the Church Times, The Catholic Herald, Tribune, and The Friend, among other publications. She is an active member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), a local councillor and activist on political and labour movement issues, and has a particular interest in how spirituality influences our social choices. Jill joined Ekklesia in March 2009 as a copy editor and general editorial adviser. She became an associate director in 2010 and contributes regularly to our news briefing service. Jill is also a musician and composer. For more on her writing and editing services, see: http://www.journalistdirectory.com/journalist/TQig/Jill-Segger. You can follow Jill on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/quakerpen
Virginia Moffatt began her working life living with adults with learning disabilities in the L'Arche London Community. Over the last thirty years, she has worked for a number of voluntary and statutory organisations as a support worker, information worker, contract manager and commissioning manager. Most recently, she worked at Oxfordshire County Council as quality and contracts manager for adult and children's services. Her peace work includes being on the support group for 1999 Jubilee Ploughshares action; supporting the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT)and Pax Christi; campaigning against wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and regularly contributing to Peace News. In recent years she has also worked for alternatives to an austerity-based economy and society, particularly in the area of welfare reform, collaborating with the Spartacus Network, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), Black Triangle, WoW Petition, Centre for Welfare Reform, and End Hunger Fast. In 2012 she co-wrote a play, "Atos Stories", which was performed by the inclusive theatre company,Act Up! Newham in 2013. She has a Masters Degree in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the LSE and a Diploma in Creative Writing from the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford. Her debut collection of flash fiction has just been published by Gumbo Press. Virginia lives in Oxford, with her husband, Chris Cole, director of Drone Wars UK. They have three children who are attend their local secondary school. As a family they are committed to working for peace and justice, and are active members of their local parish, Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Cowley. You can follow Virginia on twitter at: https://twitter.com/run_Ekklesia.
Henrietta Cullinan is responsible for running the office at Bloomsbury and managing and developing our administrative systems. Henrietta worked until recently in Further Education and, through the London Catholic Worker, is involved in peace activism and providing hospitality for destitute refugees. Henrietta tweets at: https://twitter.com/Henrietta_
Jake Cunliffe is a former recruitment consultant, with a particular concerns for the role of ethics in professional vocations. He also works on a voluntary basis for the Turing Trust, a charity that funds educational development in rural Ghana. Jake holds an honours degree in history from the University of Newcastle. His dissertation looked at the religious and political assimilation of the St Thomas Christians of India into the Portuguese empire. He will has recently completed an MSc in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include the role of Christianity in politics in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa, ecumenism, New Testament theology and the early church in a contemporary context.
Lizzie Clifford has worked with Ekklesia, alongside tutoring in English and RE and working freelance for an academic publishing company. She has a first class undergraduate degree in English and a postgraduate degree in Theology from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include theolinguistics and the relationship between theology and the arts. Over the past two years she has been taking forward Ekklesia's work in the area of religious broadcasting.
Kate Guthrie is a graduate with a first class honours degree from Cambridge University, and a long-standing interest in social justice issues. She was the lead researcher for Ekklesia's headline 'Re-imagining Remembrance' report (2009) and has been helping with the future events planning service. She also works for Hope’s Place, a Bristol-based charity, as a Mental Health Work Developer, finding ways to equip the church to respond to and engage with the growing challenge of mental illness. She is co-authoring ‘Sex and Relationships Matter’, an innovative resource for schools with a holistic approach to the pedagogy of relationships. Kate is part of a non-denominational church.
Jordan Tchilingirian is a research sociologist who has been an intern, researcher and associate director at Ekklesia. He is now undertaking fill-time, independent doctoral research on public intellectual activity.
Ekklesia also has a network of Associates and Consultants with which it works.
Fear or Freedom?: Why a Warring Church Must Change by Simon Barrow (Ed)
The Subversive Manifesto: Lifting the Lid on God's Political Agenda by Jonathan Bartley
Faith and Politics After Christendom: The Church as a Movement for Anarchy by Jonathan Bartley
Consuming Passion: Why the Killing of Jesus Really Matters by Simon Barrow and Jonathan Bartley (Eds)
Threatened with Resurrection: The Difficult Peace of Christ by Simon Barrow