The scale of public spending cuts proposed by UK Chancellor George Osborne is shocking, but we shouldn’t be surprised. Not because such savage cuts are necessary, but because to many in government they are desirable.
Tomorrow morning (Sunday 7 December) I am taking part in a discussion on BBC Radio Scotland unpacking the ethics of inheritance, how it touches our heads and hearts, and how it relates to issues of social justice for this and future generations.
As we enter the Advent season we are aware that Christmas is coming - and with it the promise of peace. But how do we make that a reality in a fractured world? That is the challenge behind our annual appeal 2014. Thank you to those who have contributed so far.
What would it mean for churches to be places where people “learned how not to kill” – to stop viewing killing as a solution, and to start investing in nonviolent alternatives to war? How could they do this? What would it say about their witness? How would it impact how the voice of the church is heard at times of heightened conflict or war?
Our friends at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church have informed us that "A Sacred Talk with Adrian Plass age 65 1/2…ish" on Wednesday 10th December 2014 has unfortunately had to be CANCELLED, due to Adrian being unwell. We wish him a speedy recovery!
In 1904 Winston Churchill (then a Liberal MP) said that the Conservative Party stood for "cheap labour for millionaires". In his Autumn Statement today (3 Decemeber) the current Conservative Chancellor did nothing to dispel this image.
Despite some truly grim economic statistics, Chancellor George Osborne will attempt to deflect criticism for the failings of austerity economics in his Autumn Statement today, blaming the world economy and the last government.
This year Ekklesia has, for the first time, developed an Advent Calendar, in partnership with our colleagues at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London – which has a long history of social engagement, as well as work with homeless people and others excluded from the Feast of Life to which Christmas points.