Blogs

  • 30 Jun 2015

    When the poverty figures were published last week, many people were surprised that they did not show a significant rise. Particularly for people active in their communities, the figures did not seem to reflect the hardship they are seeing.

  • 29 Jun 2015

    Pope Francis last week attacked the “duplicity” of those who profit from the arms trade but “call themselves Christian”. Meanwhile, St Paul’s Cathedral in London has adopted a policy of refusing to host events sponsored by arms companies. Guildford Cathedral took up a similar policy some time ago, cancelling a booking at short notice when they realised that it was for an arms industry event.

  • 29 Jun 2015

    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.

  • 27 Jun 2015

    Clichés are usually truths which have somewhat lost their impact through repetition. That repetition takes place because the truths concerned were originally mordantly appropriate. Try out 'If war is the answer, what is the question?' and ' if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail'.

  • 24 Jun 2015

    Is the JobCentre an appropriate setting for psychological assessment and treatment? Is therapy entered into under any form of coercion, real or perceived, likely to be legitimate or ethical? These are the questions we need to ask as the government puts therapists into JobCentres, and asks claimants to undergo online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

  • 20 Jun 2015

    The earth is entering its sixth mass extinction event, biologists from several universities have warned. Without urgent action, many types of creatures will disappear, and humankind itself is at risk.

  • 20 Jun 2015

    My first reaction to Laudato Si was one of relief. For decades it has felt as if the world was on a path to destruction, with all the loudest and most powerful voices urging it to go further and faster. A blind faith in market forces has been pressing the world, its environment, and its people into the service of the idol of money, with economic growth and personal consumption being presented as the highest objectives to which we could aspire.

  • 20 Jun 2015

    Today (20th June 2015) will see the first national anti-austerity demonstration since David Cameron was re-elected. Judging by the response of some commentators to protests the day after the election, I expect there’ll be some who’ll again suggest demonstrators are ‘whinging’ because their ‘side’ lost.

  • 19 Jun 2015

    I have always been a Christian, raised in the Catholic tradition. I have also always been interested in the environment.

  • 19 Jun 2015

    Pope Francis, in a hugely important, indeed historic, Encyclical on care for God's earth, our 'common home', has written a letter to "every living person".