• 13 Mar 2015

    Two stories caught my eye on our website yesterday (12th March), both relating to the effects of austerity on the United Kingdom. The first highlighted in an excellent article by Bernadette Meaden was a reflection on the recent report about the psychological impact of austerity. The second an LSE study demonstrating that young people are highly unlikely to ever earn the salaries of their parents.

  • 12 Mar 2015

    "This report directly links cuts to public services with mental health problems... Psychologists are often in a position to see the effects that social and economic changes have on people. We also occupy a relatively powerful position as professionals and therefore have an ethical responsibility to speak out about these effects."

  • 11 Mar 2015

    For the last few months Ekklesia staff, associates and partners have been thinking and talking about our approach to the 2015 General Election and beyond. The resulting research paper and our special election website were launched on Friday 6th March, two months before polling day. The launch happened to coincide with my weekend away with fellow members of ‘Unite for Peace’, a small group of (mainly) Christian pacifists who meet twice a year, which provided an opportunity to discuss the paper in more depth.

  • 8 Mar 2015

    On International Women’s Day, feminist organisations and campaigners who haven’t been active on austerity and welfare reform really need to have a rethink. Otherwise, to the millions of women around the UK struggling to survive, they could look as out of touch as the politicians.

  • 6 Mar 2015

    Being a person who respects truth is about a great deal more than avoiding the telling of lies. It may mean acknowledging and regretting you have told a partial truth or that you have avoided taking responsibility for an error of judgement.

  • 4 Mar 2015

    As the first of a developing series offering space for conversation and reflection on how we live together, the Hurtado Jesuit Centre will be looking at topical economic, political and cultural issues in the light of principles and values from Catholic social teaching that can be shared by people of faith or no faith.

  • 4 Mar 2015

    During Saturday's "Faith in Politics" event two strong statements were made which were barely challenged and which I feel need further exploration.

  • 3 Mar 2015

    The Christian environment charity, Operation Noah, will be hosting an ecumenical climate service before the ‘Time to Act’ national climate march on Saturday, 7 March, 2015 at St Mary le Strand Church, starting at 11.30am.

  • 3 Mar 2015

    For Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, 'faith in politics' begins with faith in God, their* faith in us and the faith we have in each other. He was speaking at the 'Faith in Politics' event organised by Greenbelt, Christian Aid and The Children’s Society on Saturday 28th February held in City Temple, London. The day was billed as an opportunity to "stimulate thought, conversation and action" and it certainly did that.

  • 2 Mar 2015

    Ninety-nine years ago today (2 March 1916), every unmarried man aged between 18 and 41 in England, Scotland and Wales was “deemed to have enlisted” in the armed forces. It was only a few months before another act was passed, extending conscription to married men.