Commentary

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

  • January 2, 2011

    During the past week, many in the Middle East, caught up in the yuletide spirit will have been hoping for a more peaceful world in 2011, says Harry Hagopian. But what are the prospects for peace and stability in the region?

  • January 2, 2011

    The current ills of the Western church are more to be found in sickness within than in threats without, suggests Simon Barrow, echoing a recent landmark comment from the Pope. Likewise the way forward is through radical reformation not fearful...

  • January 1, 2011

    For some activists, resisting the government's cuts means abandoning other campaigns, such as the struggle for queer rights and same-sex marriage. But they are making a false distinction. Issues of marriage and sexuality are closely linked to...

  • December 31, 2010

    With its many natural harbours and gold deposits, 58 of the 60 colonial forts built on the Guinea Coast of West Africa are situated in what is modern Ghana - the first former European (latterly British) colony to gain independence, in 1957.

  • December 28, 2010

    Drastic cuts imposed by the UK government will result in a sharp rise in child poverty, the Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates, but children’s services run by local authorities are already severely overstretched in many areas. The situation...

  • December 25, 2010

    Will he, or won't he? Harry Hagopian explores the politics and posturing behind Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's decision regarding a further three-month extension to the moratorium on the construction of Jewish-only Israeli...

  • December 25, 2010

    Dr Rowan Williams' Christmas sermon amounted to a rebuke to the most prosperous in society, according to BBC religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott. Goodness. So what did the Archbishop of Canterbury actually say?

  • December 25, 2010

    A very curious thing happened this afternoon. The Queen began her traditional Christmas Day television and radio broadcast with seven paragraphs on "the King James, or Authorised, Bible, which next year [2011] will be exactly four centuries old...

  • December 25, 2010

    Ekklesia co-director Jonathan Bartley, who has been seconded* for part of the week to act as a spokesperson for the Yes! To Fairer Votes campaign, has made a video appealing for New Year support in the run-up to the 5 May 2011 voting system...

  • December 25, 2010

    Soothing 'Christmas messages' have become practically unavoidable, says Simon Barrow. But most of them are bland beyond belief. In truth the birth of Christ confronts us with something much more demanding - a choice between two ways of living in...

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  • December 24, 2010

    Some people seem to have got the idea that Ekklesia objects to the BBC broadcasting a Christmas message from the Pope. We don't. We simply think that the BBC ban on non-religious and some minority religious people sharing their reflections in the...

  • December 24, 2010

    Since announcing my pilgrimage of repentance for homophobia two weeks ago, I've been delighted, excited and humbled to receive so many messages of encouragement and support.

  • December 23, 2010

    Former apartheid bomb victim the Rev Michael Lapsley now heads the Institute for the Healing of Memories, reports Peter Kenny. This facilitates the healing process of individuals and communities in South Africa and internationally. It is a...

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