National day of fasting against hunger on Friday 4 April
Half a million people are going without adequate food in Britain. The End Hunger Fast initiative, which is being backed by Ekklesia and others, is inviting people across the country to join in with a national day of fasting on 4th April 2014.
Fair Pay Fortnight in England and Wales deserves our support
Ekklesia is very pleased to be supporting Fair Pay Fortnight, which began on 24 March and runs through to Friday 4 April 2014, with some events over the weekend. It is an initiative of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Britain.
As of 9.45am on Thursday 20 March 2014, the day after the Chancellor’s Budget statement, these were the comments and responses from the Churches in Britain that we were able to discover. Further updates will follow through Ekklesia’s ongoing reporting, commentary and analysis: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/budget2014
As usual, Ekklesia will offer running budget comment, analysis and response (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/budget2014) today and tomorrow (19-20 March 2014) - highlighting especially the moral and social issues, alternative economic perspectives, the response of charities, NGOs and faith groups, and emerging policy questions.
Breakfast Lobby ahead of Westminster welfare petition debate
On the morning of the Thursday 27 February at 9.30am WOWpetition (the initiative of disabled and sick people calling for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform on the most vulnerable) will be holding a breakfast lobby in the Jubilee Room of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster – ahead of a debate in the Commons Chamber due for 11.30am.
A day event is being held at St Ninian's Church, Dundee, on Saturday 22 February 2014, specifically to help Christians reflect on the issues that should be considered before deciding whether to vote Yes or No to the question in the historic September referendum: 'Should Scotland be an independent country?'
'Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy' is an important two-day conference at the University of Chester, established as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Philosophy and Religious Practices Research Network.