Simon Barrow's blog

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.

The Magi and civil disobedience to unjust authority

Thanks to Ekklesia's Australian associate, Doug Hynd, for pointing us in the direction of an intriguing piece about civil disobedience at the heart of the nativity story - and from an unexpected source.

Christmas Day: God's birth?

What is that we are faced with when we contemplate the birth of Jesus in the east?

Fourth Sunday in Advent: God’s peace

The Epistle set for today speaks of “the peace of God, which passes all understanding, and that will keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of Jesus the Christ.”

Democracy, 'ekklesia' and the church: a movement for change

From time-to-time, unsurprisingly, people ask us about the name 'Ekklesia'. We have an FAQ on that, which you can find here (, but it is something that we should probably talk about more.

Help make the 'Christmas Truce' permanent

International Migrants Day: we need to change our thinking

'Immigration' is set to be one of the most-used words in the run-up to the General Election -- at least if UKIP, large sections of the media and much of the current government has its way.

Third Sunday in Advent: God’s surprise

In chapter 11 of Matthew’s Gospel Jesus speaks of his forerunner, the spiky and angular prophet known to us as John the Baptist.