Commentary

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

  • 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...

  • December 23, 2010

    It is good to enjoy the carol services, nativity plays, mince pies and mulled wine, says Jill Segger. But let us not ever mistake them for anything more than a nudge towards the truth.

  • 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.

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