Commentary

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

  • September 20, 2011

    Christians of all denominations have been invited to take part in lighting church beacons on 4 June 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • September 20, 2011

    This summer, I walked from Birmingham to London as a pilgrimage of repentance for my former homophobia. I feel like I'm only just beginning to understand what I learnt on the walk. Here I reflect on the experience and on the lessons I learnt.

  • September 20, 2011

    Today and tomorrow I am taking part in a consultation on the role civic groups and churches can play in combatting poverty, not least child poverty.

  • September 20, 2011

    Palestinian authorities are bidding to gain international recognition of Statehood at the United Nations in New York. The US favours direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine and has already expressed serious reservations with Secretary of...

  • September 19, 2011

    Creationism and ‘intelligent design’ are not scientific theories, but they are portrayed as such by some religious fundamentalists who attempt to have their views promoted in publicly-funded schools. There should be enforceable statutory guidance...

  • September 19, 2011
  • September 18, 2011

    When I first heard that the news that the government is planning to legislate for same-sex marriage, I was very pleased. Then I looked at the details. Now I'm very disappointed.

  • September 16, 2011

    Much has been written today about Kweku Adoboli, the “rogue trader” who lost £1.3 billion of other people’s money. One fact that has received little attention is that he went to a Quaker school.

  • September 13, 2011

    The continuing and historic struggle against child poverty in Scotland was highlighted in a feature as part of the STV Six O'Clock News on 13 September 2011 - connected with STV's high-profile appeal, which will fund related projects.

  • September 13, 2011

    Whether in Iraq, Israel and Palestine, Egypt, Syria or Lebanon, Christians who were once the bellwethers of healthy Middle Eastern societies are feeling exposed, menaced and insecure. Their churches are being burnt down, relatives or friends are...

  • September 13, 2011

    Classifying communities and their practices and values as ‘religious’ often has the effect of marginalising them from the mainstream of public debates on justice and the proper ends of the good life, says scholar Timothy Fitzgerald. Such...

  • September 13, 2011

    Especially in areas where affordable housing is scarce, many of us – even if not about to be displaced ourselves – have friends or relatives who are about to lose their homes, with all that this involves, says Savi Hensman, explaining why the...

  • September 13, 2011

    Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, however much time you’ve got, you can help to tackle the arms fair today. The most important thing you can do is simply to speak out by telling someone about the fair and why you oppose it.

  • September 12, 2011

    The memory of 9/11 can be used to liberate ourselves for the creation of a better future, says Jill Segger

  • September 11, 2011

    Over the past ten years we have witnessed the birth of the neologism '9/11' and the horrid and inaccurate phrase 'global war on terror'. Some of what happened in those ten intervening years is now history, says Harry Hagopian. But much of it...

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