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Drones bring neither security nor justice

Hosted by the Iona Community and Fellowship of Reconciliation Scotland, Chris Cole, coordinator of the advocacy and information organisation, Drone Wars UK, is currently on a short Scottish tour, coinciding with Christian Aid Week and the start of the Church of Scotland General Assembly.

An unforgiving environment for thousands of disabled people across the UK

This new report Beyond the Barriers: Employment Support Allowance, the Work Programme and recommendations for a new system of support, released by the Spartacus Network and co-published by Ekklesia and the Centre for Welfare Reform today, demonstrates that the policy status quo presents an unforgiving environment for thousands of disabled people across the UK, says its stinging conclusion.

World Autism Awareness Day 2014

The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is on 2 April 2014. Every year, autism organisations around the world mark and celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.

Background to the Arms Trade Treaty

At least 500,000 people die every year on average and millions more are displaced and abused as a result of armed violence and conflict.

Earth Hour: a movement, not just a moment

Earth Hour (http://www.earthhour.org/) is 8.30pm tonight. Switch off to switch on. Ekklesia is one of the organisations backing this global initiative. But there is more…

Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong

"Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong". This is an epithet attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, said of Nelson Mandela, and central to a Christian understanding of strength as the power of love rather than a love for the kind of power that overwhelms.

Opportunities to work for Ekklesia

Thanks you to those who expressed interest and applied for the post of Chief Operating Officer for Ekklesia. The deadline for applications is now closed.

Vigil for imprisoned anti-war Catholic priest

Members of the London Catholic Worker group are organising another vigil outside Wandsworth prison tomorrow (Saturday 22 March 2014), from 1-4 pm, in support of imprisoned peace and anti-war activist Martin Newell, a Catholic priest from east London.

International Women's Day 2014 inspires change

Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

Outcome of parliamentary Welfare Reform (Sick and Disabled People) debate

The full motion (the "question put and agreed", in parliamentary language) in the WOW petition debate on a cumulative impact assessment welfare reform in the House of Commons on 27 February 2014 is set out in full below.