Simon Barrow's blog

US election 2012: principle, compromise, rebellion and Jill Stein

US election 2012: principle, compromise, rebellion and Jill Stein

“To go into the voting booth and vote for either Wall-Street-backed candidate, that is the definition of throwing away your vote.” So claims Jill Stein, the US Green Party’s candidate for the presidential election on 6 November 2012.

Religious challenges in civil society peacebuilding

Religious challenges in civil society peacebuilding

'Peace Building, Peace Keeping and Conflict Resolution: The Civil Society Contribution' is the overall theme for an international symposium to launch the Edinburgh Peace Initiative.

Centre for Living Christianity: what it's all about

Centre for Living Christianity: what it's all about

The world today in some ways reminds us of first century Athens, where in a multicultural melting pot, St Paul proclaimed an ‘Unknown God’.

A month focusing on environmental theology and action

Over the past month I have spent many hours at St John's Episcopal Church in Edinburgh, which has been the lead venue for the 2012 Festival of Spirituality and Peace.

The advent of Gambling Watch UK is important

The advent of Gambling Watch UK is important

There was an extremely depressing and revealing Channel 4 TV 'Dispatches' documentary this evening, documenting the way in which the 2005 liberalisation of gambling by New Labour (Gordon Brown pulled back on 'super-casinos', but not the rest of it) has exposed poor communities in particular to businesses that take many thousands of pounds out of the local economy every day.

Beyond institutional faith... disorganised religion?

We live in an era where people are inquisitive about spirituality, but hugely distrustful or even hostile towards ‘organised religion’, especially in its Christian forms.

Kicking off a Scottish spring?

Even those who have little interest in football have probably found themselves occasionally touched by morbid fascination about the dramatic fall from grace (or at least glory and power) of Rangers Football Club -- an iconic part of Glasgow's and Scotland's social history -- and the huge public reaction it has created.

Tents of hope and change in Edinburgh

Tents of hope and change in Edinburgh

Yesterday I spent time with Yousef, Hamid, Richard and Brenda: the team at the Persian Rug Village in Edinburgh.

Why the church should back community schooling

Today I am off to the General Synod of the Church of England in York, to talk at a meeting about church schools and community benefit.

Future church? Ekklesia at the Kirk's General Assembly

Future church? Ekklesia at the Kirk's General Assembly

Along with Ekklesia associate Carla J. Roth (who has a special interest in legally-related church and society issues), I am attending the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland meeting in Edinburgh this week, both as a media representative and also in a networking capacity.