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Why enforcing the flawed PREVENT strategy is dangerous and misplaced

Why enforcing the flawed PREVENT strategy is dangerous and misplaced

Ekkesia co-director Simon Barrow is one of a range of signatories to a letter in the Independent newspaper (others include leading academics, educationists and human rights advocates) expressing concern about the impact of an enforced PREVENT strategy on open debate, free speech and political dissent across Britain. There will be more to follow on this. The letter appeared on Friday 10th June 2015. It is reproduced in full here:

Preview: Ekklesia commentary on the 2015 Summer Budget

Preview: Ekklesia commentary on the 2015 Summer Budget

Chancellor George Osborne has promised "bold" policies that will "secure Britain's future" for his 2015 Budget, which will be unveiled when he addresses the House of Commons from 12.30pm today (Wednesday 8 July).

New website for Ekklesia

New website for Ekklesia

When Jonathan and Simon set up Ekklesia thirteen years ago, they began with just one webpage. Since then the site has grown into an amazing resource with over 20,000 pages, and is the hub of what we do.

£25,000 to bring a contemporary solution to an everyday problem

£25,000 to bring a contemporary solution to an everyday problem

The Christian Initiative Trust has announced the launch of its 2015 awards scheme, renamed simply ‘The Christian Initiative Trust Awards’ or ‘CIT Awards’ for short, and this year they’re bigger and better than ever before!

Speak Up For the Love Of - Climate Change Lobby

Speak Up For the Love Of - Climate Change Lobby

Today 17th June 2015 sees the biggest ever Climate Change Lobby of Parliament. The ‘Speak Up For The Love Of’ Lobby has been organised by the Climate Change Coalition and partners Stop Climate Chaos Cymru, and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. Ten thousand people are expected to attend.

Methodist Conference 2015

Methodist Conference 2015

This year's Methodist Conference will take place in Southport at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre from 25 June to 2 July. The Conference is the governing body of the Methodist Church and meets annually to discuss matters affecting the life of the Church, the nation and the world.

Pax Christi Annual General Meeting and Peace Awards

Pax Christi Annual General Meeting and Peace Awards

Pax Christi members and supporters from around the country will gather in London on 6 June to celebrate 70 years of the movement which was founded in France in 1945.

Yes to Equal Marriage - a personal response to the Irish referendum

Yes to Equal Marriage - a personal response to the Irish referendum

Yesterday evening I went out canvassing for a Yes vote with my friend Stephen Cooper-Fair in Killala. He had been out canvassing all last week and was feeling a little delicate from facing all those No voters. I agreed but really, I hadn't a clue what he was talking about. It's a referendum. People are entitled to their opinion right?

Remembering the Armenian Genocide 100 years later

Remembering the Armenian Genocide 100 years later

On 23 April, the 100th anniversary of the day marked as the beginning of the Armenian genocide, Ekklesia and Harecourt United Reformed Church co-hosted an important discussion on the subject.

Opening up the castle - the need for transparent politics - Jake Cunliffe

Opening up the castle - the need for transparent politics - Jake Cunliffe

In Kafka’s The Castle, officials from the 'castle' go to extraordinary lengths to conceal their presence in the village, where those who rely on their administration live. Meetings with petitioners are held in the middle of the night, and so sensitive are the officials to the possibility of being confronted by a villager that they hide in their rooms at the village’s inn until the right moment to dash out to their carriage and depart.