Simon Barrow's blog

How our days are numbered - 11:11:11 on 11/11/11

How our days are numbered - 11:11:11 on 11/11/11

What will you be doing at eleven minutes and eleven seconds past eleven AM tomorrow - the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year of this century?

Transforming lives among the Burmese Chin of New Delhi

Transforming lives among the Burmese Chin of New Delhi

A remarkable photo exhibition is showing in Edinburgh through to the end of this month, featuring depictions of the Burmese Chin people by award-winning photographer Bharat Choudhary.

Jesus and Occupy: a bishop speaks out

Jesus and Occupy: a bishop speaks out

Church leaders have mostly been ducking for cover as the row over Occupy London on the steps of St Paul's has ratcheted up in recent days. The silence from Lambeth Palace until recently has been deafening.

Reality versus rhetoric among conferring Conservatives

Reality versus rhetoric among conferring Conservatives

If the people of Britain really knew what had been going on in terms of corporate lobbying and wheeler-dealing behind the scenes at the Conservative Party conference, "they would be horrified".

Addressing poverty together

Addressing poverty together

Today and tomorrow I am taking part in a consultation on the role civic groups and churches can play in combatting poverty, not least child poverty.

Tackling child poverty in Scotland

The continuing and historic struggle against child poverty in Scotland was highlighted in a feature as part of the STV Six O'Clock News on 13 September 2011 - connected with STV's high-profile appeal, which will fund related projects.

Ten years after 9/11

The head of the the World Council of Churches, which brings together over 340 major Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican, Peace Church and indigenous Christian communions in conversation with the Roman Catholic Church worldwide, is from Norway - a country which has been exposed to the horror of terrorism recently.

Greenbelt: War - What is it good for?

Greenbelt: War - What is it good for?

In answer to that question, Edwin Starr responded "absolutely nothing.” But others say that it protects our freedom and way of life from those who would destroy it.

Greenbelt: Big society, big deal, big con?

Greenbelt: Big society, big deal, big con?

Ekklesia is co-sponsoring a discussion of the ins and outs of 'Big Society' claims at the Greenbelt Festival in Cheltenham, at 6.30pm on Friday 26 August 2011.

Not peace, but a (religious) sword?

The seed of violence seems to be in everyone at some level or other. But what does ideology and religion bring to the human propensity towards violent conflict? In what ways does faith help assuage or provoke confrontation?