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Day of action planned against unjust job sanctions

Day of action planned against unjust job sanctions

Social justice activists and trade unionists are preparing nationwide protests against the cruel use of benefit sanctions. They will take place on 19 March 2015.

Facing down division: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015

Facing down division: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015

The 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts this weekend, on Sunday 18th January.

Tackling attacks and abuse against Muslims and Jews in France

Tackling attacks and abuse against Muslims and Jews in France

Izza Leghtas, who is Western Europe researcher at the NGO Human Rights Watch, has written an important dispatch on why France must now tackle intolerance against Jews and Muslims in the aftermath of the appalling Charlie Hebdo killings.

On not forgetting: extending the truce beyond Christmas

On not forgetting: extending the truce beyond Christmas

Before we leave 2014 and the centennial remembrance of the 1914 Christmas truces behind, and as we approach the Twelfth Night, here are some final words on the subject from former Irish president Mary McAleese.

A powerful call for principled Christian nonviolence

A powerful call for principled Christian nonviolence

Back in October 2014, Ekklesia co-spopnsored a major debate on war and peace, provocatively entitled "Who would Jesus shoot?" As a think tank committed to practical and principled nonviolence, we are following up that event in a number of ways - social media discussion, commissioned articles and other material.

Who would Jesus shoot… at Christmas?

Who would Jesus shoot… at Christmas?

One of the tag-lines for our annual appeal (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/annualappeal2014) this year is "Christmas truce? Help make it permanent."

Opposition to new women's prison in Scotland

Opposition to new women's prison in Scotland

A petition on the 38Degrees website is calling on the Scottish Government to cancel plans for the proposed large prison for women in Inverclyde. This plan, points out Women for Independence who are advocating on the issue, is against the recommendations of the Commission on Women in Prison, led by Eilish Angiolini, and is being pursued against expert evidence and opinion.

Edinburgh International Science Festival and arms company sponsorship

Edinburgh International Science Festival and arms company sponsorship

Edinburgh CAAT (Campaign Against Arms Trade) is taking action to challenge the Scottish capital city's International Science Festival's arms company sponsorship.

‘Who Would Jesus Shoot?’ Join our social media discussion today!

‘Who Would Jesus Shoot?’ Join our social media discussion today!

What would it mean for churches to be places where people “learned how not to kill” – to stop viewing killing as a solution, and to start investing in nonviolent alternatives to war? How could they do this? What would it say about their witness? How would it impact how the voice of the church is heard at times of heightened conflict or war?

Look out for An Other Festival (and get well, Adrian)

Look out for An Other Festival (and get well, Adrian)

Our friends at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church have informed us that "A Sacred Talk with Adrian Plass age 65 1/2…ish" on Wednesday 10th December 2014 has unfortunately had to be CANCELLED, due to Adrian being unwell. We wish him a speedy recovery!