Commentary

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

  • February 9, 2011
  • February 8, 2011

    Whether you find him inspiring or exasperating (and I sometimes find him both!), the work of US theologian Stanley Hauerwas provides a challenging alternative vision of church as subversive,...

  • February 5, 2011

    The fear and hatred that inspired David Kato’s killers are not confined to the uneducated, says Bishop Pierre W. Whalon. Sadly, they have been replicated by many Christians. But God does not hate, and those who would call themselves Christian...

  • February 4, 2011

    Armed forces chaplains play a crucial role in providing pastoral support to people who face danger and death on a daily basis. But chaplains' independence is compromised by the fact that they are members of the forces themselves. Churches that...

  • February 4, 2011

    On 3 March 2011, the Welsh people vote in a referendum about the future of Wales. They have the chance to claim better powers for their Assembly. Aled Edwards explains why Christians and people of good faith want to see that happen, and why there...

  • February 4, 2011

    President Mubarak has said he will not seek re-election when the country goes to the polls in September 2011. That's not soon enough for the anti-government protesters who have given him until today - Friday 4 February - to stand down.

  • February 3, 2011

    Christians and Muslims have been fasting for peace with justice in Egypt. But what on earth has giving up food got to do with changing the world? The answer, suggests Simon Barrow, is that it helps re-shape our desires as human beings, and...

  • February 3, 2011

    'Faith-based' programmes often get a bad press, especially when they are seen to compromise welfare with proseytising motives. But Jonathan C. Bergman shows in relation to the experience in Haiti, one year after the tragic 2010 earthquake, that...

  • February 3, 2011

    What has really been happening on the streets of Cairo, and who are these pro-Hosni Mubarak 'supporters' who have suddenly emerged, after many days of genuine protest, to throw rocks and hand-bombs at citizens and demonstrators alike?

  • February 2, 2011

    A very interesting debate has been going on about the Alternative Vote in the last 24 hours, since ten Church of England bishops (three of them retired) came out in support of an empowering reform of the system at the upcoming referendum on 5 May...

  • February 2, 2011

    In the midst of popular uprisings against oppression across the Middle East, an important identity question faces hard-pressed Christian minorities, says Harry Hagopian. Can these Christian communities play their role as fully-fledged Arab...

  • February 2, 2011

    The writings of Gene Stoltzfus, the founding director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, who died in March 2010, has been compiled in a book and will be available for purchase in the near future.

  • February 2, 2011

    Critical Religion - a new research venture at the University of Stirling, with which Ekklesia will be cooperating - is hosting a one-day postgraduate recruitment conference to attract students interested in research at Master’s and PhD level.

  • February 1, 2011

    Power, its exercise and abuse has filled our screens and newspapers during the last week. The word takes our minds in a particular direction – towards the power that can shut down the internet, buzz protesters with fighter jets, marketise the NHS...

  • February 1, 2011

    In response to the issues highlighted in my previous piece, 'Tunisia, the lessons of nonviolence and 'messianism',' the Rev Ann K Fontaine, from Wyoming, makes the very important point that women...

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