Symon Hill's blog

Justin Welby and the chances for change

Like millions of other people, I'm praying for Justin Welby as he prepares to take up his new job at Canterbury. I wish him all the best. As the media go over every detail of his life and beliefs, there is a danger that we put our trust in a new archbishop to save the Church. This would be a problem whoever had got the job.

Debating capitalism in Marlborough

Yesterday evening, I was very pleased to take part in a debate on “Can capitalism be made good?” in Marlborough. I argued “no”, alongside Stewart Wallis from the New Economics Foundation. On the other side were Will Morris, chair of the CBI’s tax committee and Anglican priest, and Hugh Pym of the BBC. The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, presided.

Can capitalism be made good?

Can capitalism be made good?

The ethics of capitalism is this year's topic for the annual Bishop of Salisbury's Debate, which will take place this evening (Wednesday 19 September) in Marlborough. I've been asked to be one of the speakers.

Jesus, Judaism and same-sex marriage: A response to James Baaden

Jesus, Judaism and same-sex marriage: A response to James Baaden

Rabbi James Baaden has written a very challenging and helpful blog post in response to a recent article I wrote same-sex marriage. James challenges aspects of my approach to the issue, particularly as they concern Judaism and the Hebrew Bible.

Sex, money and church attacks on government

This week, several UK churches have been objecting to government attempts to redefine things.

The anti-monarchy, anti-cuts protest

The anti-monarchy, anti-cuts protest

I'm about to leave for the rebpublican protest against the monarchy and the royal jubilee. For me, this is not only a demonstration for democracy, important though that it. It is also an anti-cuts demonstration.

Pacifism in rural Hertfordshire

Pacifism in rural Hertfordshire

Rural Hertfordshire is not known as a hotbed of radicalism. I was surprised - but pleased - to be asked to give a talk about pacifism in the village of Ayot St Lawrence this week.

Cameron tries to blackmail the Greeks

Cameron tries to blackmail the Greeks

David Cameron and Kenneth Clarke yesterday (21 May) tried to blackmail the people of Greece. Along with other European politicians, they have threatened the Greeks with all sorts of dire consequences if they elect a left-wing government.

Speaking about the Occupy movement on Sunday

Speaking about the Occupy movement on Sunday

There's more than three months to go until the Greenbelt Festival gets underway, but a pre-Greenbelt event will take place this Sunday in London. I'm really pleased to be one of ten speakers who will talk for 8-10 minutes each on an aspect of the theme of Greenbelt 2012, ?Paradise: Lost & Found.

Warsi was right to link UKIP with the BNP

Warsi was right to link UKIP with the BNP

Sayeeda Warsi, co-chair of the Conservative Party, was last night (3 May 2012) brave enough to note a link between the BNP and UKIP. She pointed out that UKIP candidates are standing in areas where the BNP had previously stood, implying that they can draw on the same sort of support.