Simon Barrow's blog

'Even It Up' campaign against global inequality steps up a gear

Extreme inequality is threatening to undo much of the progress made over the past 20 years in tackling poverty, says the charity Oxfam.

The radical King: dignity, labour and MLK

While some heavily red (in this case, right-wing Republican) areas of the United States downplay or even ignore Martin Luther King Day, it has generally won widespread support across the country since it was introduced in 1983 to mark his birthday.

Martin Luther King and freely nonviolent speech after Paris

This year (2015), Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US falls on 19 January – the third Monday of the month. It is an observance which is gaining traction in other parts of the world, too, where the legacy of the civil rights campaigner and Baptist minister is an an iconic symbol of freedom for people of both religious and other belief the world over.

Action at Westminster to defend the Independent Living Fund

If the government gets its way, the Independent Living Fund (ILF) is closing.

Moses, religion, liberation and tyranny

BBC Radio 4's 'Beyond Belief' series will look at the significance of the biblical story of Moses and Exodus for Jews, Christians and Muslims in a programme to be broadcast at 4.30pm on Monday 5 January 2015, featuring Ekklesia associate Keith Hebden among others.

Remembering the Holy Innocents through creative nonviolence

Three days after Christmas Day, Western Christians commemorate the Feast of Holy Innocents. It seems even more apposite to remember the victims of tyranny and violence at a time of child soldiers and the capture and sexual slavery of female children in several parts of the world.

Compelling refutations of the austerity narrative

PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics) have published an online booklet which really ought to be required reading in an election year, both by politicians and by prospective voters.

Update: Christmas and New Year on Ekklesia

Ekklesia is continuing to operate over the holiday period, but in a slightly modified way.

Re-thinking Boxing Day in the foodbank society

Due not least to the ubiquity of 'Downton Abbey' on television this Christmas (no, I don't, since you ask) many more people will be aware – if they weren't already – of the background to Boxing Day (26 December).

Ten years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami

On 26 December 2004, some 250,000 people were killed when an earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami wave that wiped out whole communities across south Asia.