Critical Religion at the University of Stirling is among the subject areas offering Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Awards under the Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland schemes in the Arts and Humanities.
It is unusual for politicians to admit that a policy they believed in and helped implement was not just wrong, but actually did harm. It is even more unusual for them to make a very public apology. But this is what the Swedish Green Party did last month, on the policy of Free Schools. In a national newspaper the party said, "Forgive us, our policy led our schools astray".
In Ekklesia's news briefing service, we reported this week on renewed calls for an end to serious violations of human rights against religious minorities in Pakistan occasioned by the country's notorious blasphemy law (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/19653).
The announcement of a 22 January 2014 date for the Geneva II talks on the future of Syria is a ray of hope in the darkness that came immediately after an Open Doors Pray for Syria event in Oxford – and gave added impetus to our Save Syria campaign.
Yesterday I received an email from John Lewis inviting me to “be the perfect host this Christmas”. This would apparently be facilitated by the purchase of “cookware” and “serveware" which would enable me to “cook with ease from morning to night.”
In an important new paper from the Centre for Wefare Reform (http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org), leading independent disability campaigner Kaliya Franklin, part of the Spartacus network, carefully analyses how government policy has undermined the objectivity of the medical assessments on sick and disabled people used by the private medical firm ATOS.
When the government speaks of 'recovery' (which may well turn out to be a bubble largely supported by consumer spending, inflated house prices and private credit), it is worth asking, 'what is being recovered by whom?'
A Church of England working party report on sexuality suggests that clergy be allowed to hold public services to mark same-sex partnerships. Some critics have complained that allowing too much flexibility might seem to affirm what the church still officially regards as wrong.