Simon Barrow's blog

An anti-women 'church within a church' is unacceptable

An anti-women 'church within a church' is unacceptable

The Christian message is at heart about reconciliation. But the church which is supposed to proclaim and live that message has often failed to do so in its own life and example, sometimes spectacularly.

Urban Expression celebrates with Diverse:City weekend

Urban Expression celebrates with Diverse:City weekend

Urban Expression, a church-planting initiative strongly influenced by Anabaptism and radical Christianity, is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this weekend (17 and 18 November 2012).

Behind the latest assault on Gaza

The latest Israeli Defence Force assault on Gaza, in addition to its targeted assassinations against political as well as military opponents, is horrifying and disturbing. It threatens to escalate into yet another cycle of violence and war-making that does nothing for the security of Jews or Arabs, Israelis or Palestinians. It merely reaps death, destruction, hatred and mistrust.

Discrimination on religious grounds in education is spiritually and socially harmful

Discrimination on religious grounds in education is spiritually and socially harmful

As we report here, a November 2012 ComRes opinion survey commissioned by the Accord Coalition on inclusive education indicates that the British public is overwhelmingly opposed to selection or discrimination on grounds of religion in the matter of admissions to state funded schools.

Official policy on disability work tests is to deny reality

Official policy on disability work tests is to deny reality

The former UK minister for employment Chris Grayling was adamant that he was "unreservedly and implacably opposed to a real world test" when it comes to assessing people with disabilities and serious illnesses in terms of their fitness for work and eligibility for benefits. That position remains unchanged.

Abu Qatada, torture, law and media solipsism

Abu Qatada, torture, law and media solipsism

Yesterday (13 November 2012), risking the considerable wrath of his readership, the conservative commentator Peter Oborne made a brief but principled comment on his Daily Telegraph blog.

People's Review of the Work Capability Assessment (#realWCA) published

As we report elsewhere today (12 November 2012), the WeAreSpartacus network of disabled people have today published a detailed and compelling 70-page People's Review of the Work Capability Assessment, which has taken some months of hard work under difficult circumstances to research and compile.

Canterbury to become a fully-fledged See of Twitter

Canterbury to become a fully-fledged See of Twitter

For the first time in history, the announcement of who would succeed to the See of Canterbury was seen first on twitter (via the @Number10press office), before the formal Downing Street and Lambeth announcements of the archbishop elect.

Saying 'yes' to women bishops

Saying 'yes' to women bishops

'YES 2 women bishops' (http://yes2womenbishops.blogspot.co.uk) is a website promoting a 'yes' vote in favour of women bishops in the November 2012 meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England, which takes place in ten days time.

The subversive potential of Election Day Communion

I'm somewhat taken with the idea of Election Day Communion, being practiced by a diverse range of church groups and Christians across the United States on election day, Tuesday 6 November 2012.