Commentary

Regular comment and analysis from some of our staff and associates.

  • December 5, 2011

    It’s almost seven years since 23 Chinese cockle pickers working for a gangmaster were swept out to sea and drowned in Morecambe Bay. An investigation found that they had not been equipped or prepared for the conditions they were working in. The...

  • December 5, 2011

    Durban is a pullulating town with an over-built seafront and surfing-sized waves. It doesn’t feel like Africa, it feels more like Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. I’m trying to work out if that’s a good or a bad thing. But while I...

  • December 2, 2011

    A recent press comment from Mennonite World Conference acts as a helpful reminder of an important declaration inviting belief communities - faith-based and otherwise - to commit to peace in the midst of a world still riven with conflict and...

  • December 1, 2011

    What are the different accounts of salvation given in Christian and Muslim thinking? What is involved in forgiveness? What do Christians mean when they speak of atonement through Christ?

  • December 1, 2011

    World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December each year, is an important opportunity when governments, national AIDS programmes, faith organisations, community groups and individuals around the world focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic and...

  • December 1, 2011

    Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mashal met in Cairo recently to try to resolve their differences. The outcome is not totally clear yet, says commentator Ghassan Michel Rubeiz. But what is certain is that it will take more than...

  • December 1, 2011

    The spread of totalising, ostensibly rational strategic power through 'human resources management' and 'the performative aboslute', together with the imposition of complete transparency and the denial of trust, is a huge threat to humanity, says...

  • December 1, 2011

    This evening I have had the privilege of speaking with students at Royal Holloway College in the University of London. They today began an occupation of their college, camping outside the Principal's office and calling on him to oppose the...

  • November 30, 2011

    My latest Middle East Analysis pod-cast is a two-parter whose chief foci this time round are the fast-moving developments in Syria and Egypt.

  • November 30, 2011

    The Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2011 in Nigeria (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/15821), if it becomes law, will make life even more...

  • November 30, 2011

    “We're all in this together” has never seemed so cynically mendacious as it does today (30 November) – the day after the Chancellor's Autumn Statement and the day on which public service workers are taking part in the largest organised day of...

  • November 29, 2011

    In summer this year, I walked from Birmingham to London as a pilgrimage of repentance for my former homophobia. Since then, I’ve been a bit taken aback by the number of requests I’ve received to give talks about it. I’m really chuffed that so...

  • November 29, 2011

    It’s staring George Osborne in the face. It’s written in the Autumn Statement. But the Chancellor still doesn’t get it, says Jonathan Bartley. But the green challenge is central to developing a just, sustainable economy.

  • November 29, 2011

    The Voice UK All Party Parliamentary Group is bringing the needs of people with learning disabilities who have experienced crime or abuse.to the attention of both Houses of Parliament at Westminster.

  • November 28, 2011

    I'm used to reading inaccurate things about myself on the internet, but I had a surprise last week when reading an inaccurate description of myself in an article which I had written.

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