Commentary

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

  • December 21, 2010

    In an Open Letter to President Obama, Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) explains why the US government should not employ espionage laws against WikiLeaks or its founder for the release of US State Department cables.

  • December 21, 2010

    It is all too easy for the state to become an idol, yet duty to humanity can sometimes outweigh obedience to the authorities, says Savi Hensman. The conscience case of atheist Michael Lyons is one that should cause Christians, among others, to...

  • December 21, 2010

    Quakers don't really 'do' Christmas. Partly in order to offer a sign of contradiction to the consumerism and commercialism of the season which is in conflict with our Testimony of simplicity; partly because we believe that all of life and all its...

  • December 20, 2010

    For some years, Ekklesia has been arguing the case for political and voting reform in Britain as part of a values-based change in public life. Over the coming few months we will be making an even more substantial contribution, with co-director...

  • December 17, 2010

    The themes of Advent, the situation of Christians in Israel-Palestine at the moment, plus the meeting of the Holy Land Coordination in January 2011 are topics covered in a recently recorded podcast.

  • December 17, 2010

    The Ecumenical Water Network (EWN), a Christian initiative promoting people's access to water around the world, is helping to make a big difference in Asia, reports Maurice Melanes from a five-day consultation for planners and practitioners.

  • December 14, 2010

    A small book collection of classic texts on C19th and C20th American history, religion and sociology is available for interested libraries, institutions or individuals.

  • December 13, 2010

    Theologian John Milbank's endorsement of British Prime Minister David Cameron's 'Big Society' project, and his attempt to baptise it with pro-Christendom rhetoric has more to do with timid conformity than 'Radical Orthodoxy, suggests fellow...

  • December 13, 2010

    Faced with Parliament's vote in favour of the tuition fee hike, it is vital that those of us who are campaigning against it avoid the twin temptations of giving up or resorting to violence. The Guardian today (13 December) published a...

  • December 11, 2010

    Since the 1970s, successive governments have reinforced a social tendency to know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Education has not escaped this destructive culture and John Heathershaw has given a chilling warning of the death...

  • December 10, 2010

    It is interesting to note how much UK media attention, following protests against student fee rises yesterday (9 December 2010), has focused on the admittedly alarming experience of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla when the car they were...

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  • December 10, 2010

    The Bolivians are always tainted with the melodrama brush at the climate change talks. Either openly or in cables (as revealed by yet another WikiLeaks allegation) Bolivia is seen as a loose cannon: a nation that won’t play the international...

  • December 10, 2010

    When I became a Christian, I mistakenly accepted homophobic views and campaigned against same-sex relationships. I'm appalled that I did this. Now I'm planning to walk from Birmingham to London as a pilgrimage of repentance.

  • December 10, 2010

    Higher education in England has changed forever. It is no exaggeration to say that universities are in their twilight hours as public institutions for the universality of people and ideas, says John Heathershaw. The discussions during the...

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