Simon Barrow's blog

New Year's update 2017: Looking back and looking forward

Greetings and very best wishes to all Ekklesia's friends, associates and collaborators for 2017.

Ekklesia backs Bill to combat violence against women

Ekklesia has been working hard to get MPs from all parties to attend the House of Commons on 16 December 2016 and to vote for Eilidh Whiteford MP's Private Members Bill to ratify the 

Trump: first mourn properly, then think and organise

One of the consolations and trials of being plugged into digital media is that you’re never alone with your feelings in a moment of tumult like the election of Donald Trump as the 45th P

International Day of Peace: crowdsourcing ideas for change

The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Peace is marked and celebrated on 21 September each year.

Trident WMDs remain immoral, wasteful and redundant

It is almost certain that the Westminster Parliament will this evening approve the expenditure of what will apparently be £31 billion immediately, and some £205 billion in the long run, on a renewe

The EU referendum and the danger of magical thinking

Though for me the choice is ultimately clear, I understand those who are agonising about this UK referendum on the EU and who are

EU referendum: Why we should remain for hope

As the UK referendum on the EU takes place today (23 June 2016), I find myself thousands of miles away. It's a strange and emotionally tangled feeling.

First Sunday in Advent: God's Alternative

Advent, the season of expectation, begins today

In biblical times it started with an unexpected messenger (angel) announcing an ordinary event in an unlikely place to a lowly person.

Osborne's Spending Review is a huge environmental setback

There was a time (2006, in case we had forgotten) when then opposition leader, now Prime Minister, David Cameron was keen to be photographed with huskies on an environmental research trip to Norway

Stirling University students dissatisfied over future of religion department

Despite public assurances, the threat of redundancy against religion scholars at the University of Stirling has not been removed, and nor has any commitment been made to rescind the threat to wind