Religion and Society

  • 22 Aug 2014

    Having recently decided to take part in my local half marathon in Oxford, I thought it would provide a good opportunity to raise funds for Ekklesia. In the first of a series of blogposts about my run, I explain what drives me to do long distance running, and some thoughts about the training so far...

  • 22 Aug 2014

    On 24 March 1980 in El Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Romero was celebrating Mass in the chapel of a cancer hospital. In his homily he spoke of the Eucharist as a sacrament of solidarity, justice and peace. Moments later, the Archbishop was shot through the heart. As Pope Francis calls for this courageous and inspiring man to be beatified, Bernadette Meaden highlights the significance of his life and death for Christian social witness, as it resonates across the years.

  • 21 Aug 2014

    There are few passages in the Bible that I feel more strongly about than the parable of the talents. This is partly because of the worrying ideas that are justified by the way it is usually interpreted. I am convinced we have been reading the parable “upside down”.

  • 21 Aug 2014

    The targeting of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities can never be justified in the name of any religious creed or conviction, said Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

  • 19 Aug 2014

    Vicky Beeching's decision to come out publicly as a lesbian is so important because she is such a prominent figure in evangelical circles. As I mentioned on this blog yesterday (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/20744), there is good evidence that the news has given many other gay Christians the confidence to come out.

  • 18 Aug 2014

    It’s five days since top Christian singer Vicky Beeching came out as gay. Evangelical Christianity in Britain is still shaking with the impact of this earthquake, whose effects will be felt for years and probably decades.

  • 17 Aug 2014

    This morning, I was invited onto BBC Ulster’s Sunday Sequence programme to discuss my response as a Christian pacifist to the situation in northern Iraq. Our discussion followed headlines reporting that English church leaders have criticised the UK government’s response to Islamic extremism.

  • 17 Aug 2014

    The stories from Iraq are getting worse. There is news of massacres and threatened massacres, reported deaths and abductions, the sufferings of Yazidis, Christians and the many Muslims who reject the message of ISIS. It makes me sad and angry in equal measure.

  • 12 Aug 2014

    The Joint Public Issues Team of the Methodist Church in Britain, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church has produced a free resource on the ethics of organ donation.

  • 10 Aug 2014

    As Yearly Meeting Gathering, held at the University of Bath 2 – 9 August closes, Quakers in Britain have issued their customary Epistle 'To all Friends everywhere'.