Simon Barrow's blog

Book Review: Reaching a Tippett point?

Oliver Soden, Michael Tippett: The Biography (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2019), 768pp, ISBN: 9781474606028. 


Christmas and the spirit of patient resistance

“We can, and should also, celebrate Christmas despite the ruins around us.” So wrote Dietrich Bonhoeffer in a letter to his parents on 29 November 1943.

The Armenian Genocide: why denial harms us all

Ten days ago we marked the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide (24 April 2018). It was remembered all over the world.

Here's the difficult truth on Syria: bombing is not the answer

Syria is one bloody mess at present. President Assad is grasping back control of a country wracked by civil war through brutal, ruthless and savage means.

A Christmas message from Ekklesia: working for change

All involved with Ekklesia send their warmest seasonal greetings for Christmastide – thank you so much for your interest, engagement and support in so many ways.

New Year's update 2017: Looking back and looking forward

Greetings and very best wishes to all Ekklesia's friends, associates and collaborators for 2017.

Ekklesia backs Bill to combat violence against women

Ekklesia has been working hard to get MPs from all parties to attend the House of Commons on 16 December 2016 and to vote for Eilidh Whiteford MP's Private Members Bill to ratify the 

Trump: first mourn properly, then think and organise

One of the consolations and trials of being plugged into digital media is that you’re never alone with your feelings in a moment of tumult like the election of Donald Trump as the 45th P

International Day of Peace: crowdsourcing ideas for change

The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Peace is marked and celebrated on 21 September each year.

Trident WMDs remain immoral, wasteful and redundant

It is almost certain that the Westminster Parliament will this evening approve the expenditure of what will apparently be £31 billion immediately, and some £205 billion in the long run, on a renewe