Religion and Society

  • 23 Apr 2014

    My response to the debate about Christianity now raging across sections of the media is this: No, Britain is not a 'Christian country', but it is a country marked by the history and institutions of Christendom.

  • 23 Apr 2014

    The Student Christian Movement has expressed sadness at the death last week of writer and theologian Jim Cotter.

  • 22 Apr 2014

    The long religious and secular weekend is over. The Bank Holiday draws to an end and the liturgical celebrations of Easter reached their climax the day before yesterday. As Quakers do not keep these 'times and seasons', I find myself caught in a challenging no-woman's land at Easter and Christmas.

  • 20 Apr 2014

    In Holy Week, as the Prime Minister grew ever more vocal about his personal faith and the importance of Christian values, the Daily Express brought us the glad tidings that the PM’s colleague Iain Duncan Smith is ‘Winning the War on Benefits’. That’s a war on financial assistance to people who are old, sick, disabled, unemployed or working but paid too little to make ends meet.

  • 18 Apr 2014

    Faith groups and charities have been warned that they could end up exploiting people if they take part in the government's new "Community Work Placements".

  • 18 Apr 2014

    The Rev Jim Cotter died early in Holy Week. Jim was known to many thousands of people through his books, articles, personal struggles, ministry, public speaking and spiritual direction over the years. Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow remembers him with gratitude, highlighting the connection between his life and that of one of his spiritual and wordsmithing mentors, the great Welsh poet R. S. Thomas.

  • 18 Apr 2014

    During Holy Week, the church remembers the final days of Jesus' life and ministry. But we often forget how he got the religious authorities so angry to begin with.

  • 18 Apr 2014

    Two friends of Ekklesia will be appearing on BBC Radio Scotland at 8.05am on Easter Sunday morning (20 April 2014), in a programme intriguingly entitled 'Bayonets and Green Blades'.

  • 18 Apr 2014

    Those of us whose trade is words do well to remember the relative value of a picture and a thousand words. The front page of the Guardian yesterday (17 April 2014) presented an unforgettable instance of the power this adage can carry.

  • 17 Apr 2014

    Prayers for peace in Ukraine, and for the success of talks, have been requested by the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit from the WCC.