If Quantitative Easing is re-evaluating the balance of money in our economy, Qualitative Easing seems more naturally to indicate a re-evaluation of the balance of time, says Asa Humpheys. An expansion of volunteering is one way to make this a reality.
The work of reparations does not stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma or in Northern Ireland, says Deirdre Good. When we bring our troops home out of Iraq and Afghanistan, what process of reparations will we engage? And can people in power ever take such steps if the rest of us do not lead the way?
It is possible to create an alternative discourse on Muslim approaches to free speech, by re-reading aspects of Islamic teachings, says Dilwar Hussain, responding to issues raised by the Convention on Modern Liberty.
If we are to have publicly funded faith schools, then they must serve the whole community, says Anglican vicar Jeremy Chadd. They mustn’t exist to prop up one community, nor to offer escape routes from a more diverse real world to those who already have all the advantages in life.
Jews need reassurance right now that the agenda represented by the renewed civil liberties movement in Britain is for them, writes Keith Kahn-Harris. They represent a powerful resource for change, but fear is holding them back.
Faith communities don't need special privileges, says Vaughan Jones. They need to be free to be the communities they are and to ensure that all members are treated as full human beings with full rights.
Anabaptists were the radicals of the Reformation – pacifist but prickly – and Mennonites were the Dutch Anabaptists. Phil Wood describes his Spiritual and social journey on the dissenting margins of historic Christianity.
In recognising the human endurance, perseverance, vision, humility, lack of bitterness and political ability that characterised Nelson Mandela, analyst and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the response of Palestinians and others from the Middle East and North Africa region to his passing. There are uncomfortable truths to be faced in all this, he suggests.
History was made at the UN climate talks last week – not by the achievement of a breakthrough in negotiations, unfortunately, but by the unprecedented walk-out by 800 civil society groups and trade unions, says Caroline Lucas MP, assessing what has happened and what needs to happen next.