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Research papers in the category Religion and Society.
Debate around the implications of greater political pluralism for representation on, structure of, and content for the proposed General Election television debates in April 2015 continues apace. Ekklesia wrote to the BBC back in October 2014 setting out the case for broadening these debates beyond what get defined as 'major parties'. We are now making that public. Much of what we said has subsequently become part of the ongoing media discussions – with added distinctive features, such as the notion of a "People's Debate". We will be making further comment before the BBC's deadline for responding to its draft election guidelines on 5 February 2015.
In effect the whole of 2014 has been a year of remembrance, with the focus on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It is important that 2015 is not a year of forgetting, of “war business as usual”. In this paper, Simon Barrow recapitulates some of the key points from Ekklesia's Re-imagining Remembrance report, locating them within the changes that have taken place since that was originally published in 2009, relating them to the commemorations that took place in 2014, looking at the particular challenge to post-Christendom Christianity, and setting out a commitment to continue on the path towards a New Remembrance in both theological and general terms.
In various denominations, debates on sexual ethics and treatment of minorities have sparked heated international controversy. This is sometimes seen as a conflict between a ‘liberal’ west and ‘conservative’ south. But the reality is more complicated. This research essay by Ekklesia associate and noted commentator Savitri Hensman explores the issues and looks at ways forward in response and understanding.
Ekklesia is pleased to be able to endorse, support and make available the Food, Finance, Fuel report produced by church agencies in Scotland, but with UK-wide implications. Its aim is to urge government and civic action to tackle the 'poverty premium' – additional cost for essential goods and services that people living in poverty end up paying as a result of their low incomes.
Ekklesia is pleased to be able to share this document, produced by the World Council of Churches, which is addressed to churches, church communities, ecumenical organizations, theological faculties, seminaries and other partners -- including ourselves -- around the globe. It is an invitation to more intensive theological reflection and action on what an Economy of Life means and how it can be implemented.
Fear or Freedom?: Why a Warring Church Must Change by Simon Barrow (Ed)
The Subversive Manifesto: Lifting the Lid on God's Political Agenda by Jonathan Bartley
Faith and Politics After Christendom: The Church as a Movement for Anarchy by Jonathan Bartley
Consuming Passion: Why the Killing of Jesus Really Matters by Simon Barrow and Jonathan Bartley (Eds)
Threatened with Resurrection: The Difficult Peace of Christ by Simon Barrow