Simon Barrow's blog

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.

Second Sunday in Advent: God’s invitation

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,” writes St Paul in the Epistle set for today in many churches.

Thinking about inheritance: BBC Radio Scotland, 7 December

Tomorrow morning (Sunday 7 December) I am taking part in a discussion on BBC Radio Scotland unpacking the ethics of inheritance, how it touches our heads and hearts, and how it relates to issues of social justice for this and future generations.

Osborne policies a 'spectacular failure', says NEF

Chancellor George Osborne is trying his best to spin his way out of trouble on the failures of austerity economics to deliver sustainable, widespread recovery and reduce debt.

Autumn statement: discernment in an economic hall of mirrors

Despite some truly grim economic statistics, Chancellor George Osborne will attempt to deflect criticism for the failings of austerity economics in his Autumn Statement today, blaming the world economy and the last government.

The Smith Commission: what we said and what has happened

To coincide with publication of the cross-party agreement negotiated by the Smith Commission, Ekklesia has now published its own submission to the Commission, made at the end of October 2014 alongside contributions by around 300 civic organisations and 1,700 individuals.

Real progress on land reform in Scotland

Back in January 2013, Ekklesia made a short submission to the Land Reform Review Group (LRRG) set up by the Scottish government to consider one of the most important issues of social and economic justice in the country -- one where there has been persistent avoidance of core questions for many years.

IS/ISIS and the dark side of modernity

Karen Armstrong, whose new book Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence invites far more subtle understanding of the relationship between faith and fratricide globally, has written a characteristically thoughtful piece on IS/ISIS for The New Statesman magazine: 'Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism'.

First Sunday in Advent: God's alternative

Advent, the season of expectation, arrived for us in 2014 on Sunday 30th November.