Simon Barrow

  • 13 Dec 2009

    Will the government introduce a piece of legislation within the life of this parliament that requires a public referendum on the introduction of an Alternative Vote electoral system for Westminster after the next election? Simon Barrow explores the current political terrain.

  • 7 Dec 2009

    The message of Advent is that, in the face of our human crises, change is coming and change is possible, says Simon Barrow. And it is a curious desert prophet who signals its depths and possibilities.

  • 26 Nov 2009

    Many people working in faith schools are working for community cohesion, but policies based on religious selection, discrimination and segregation work against them, says Simon Barrow. A different ethos and approach is needed.

  • 8 Nov 2009

    The best way to honour those who have died as a result of war (as we must do) is to recognise its horror, says Simon Barrow. But we should do this not in order to 'run away', but in order to have the true courage to seek alternatives - to re-member a dis-membered world.

  • 11 Oct 2009

    The die seems cast for the next General Election, says Simon Barrow. But much can still shift if non-Conservative parties, voters and reformers swing into action.

  • 6 Sep 2009

    Conventional wisdom often sees vengeance and injustice as the rule of the powerful, says Simon Barrow. But the prophetic imagination invites us to see and act differently.

  • 20 Aug 2009

    Forms of religion and ideology which neatly categorize people as good or bad according to whether they were in ‘the right group’ or believe ‘the right things’ are dangerous, says Simon Barrow. They also contradict the basic trajectory of the Christian message.

  • 11 Aug 2009

    Look out for a major convention on ‘Real Change’ in the near future, with input from civic groups (including churches) and a manifesto for wide-ranging reform, says Simon Barrow.

  • 1 Aug 2009

    Christians have moved from non-engagement to engagement in politics, says Simon Barrow, but often in domineering and selfish ways. To argue for church as alternative community is not to advocate either 'secularism' or 'religionism', but the recovery of authentic Christianity in a plural environment.

  • 24 Jul 2009

    If watching football is a waste of time with redeeming moments, much the same could be said about prayer, says Simon Barrow. In a world over-attached to achievement, we lose sight of the fact that what is really 'worth it' is often not conventionally 'productive'.