Simon Barrow's blog

Wear your #spartacusreport Twibbon with pride

The campaign to challenge the government's welfare reforms (which as well as introducing necessary simplifications are also about making £18 billion worth of cuts and targetting the most sick and vulnerable in society) has made extraordinary use of social media in the past few days.

What Occupy means for post-Christendom church

From my point of view, one of the major stories from 2011 has to be the growth of the Occupy movement - which in many places, not least London, has shown itself to be more than a ragged protest. Rather, it is a movement looking to make a sustained, subversive impact on our dominant political and economic processes.

Religious and humanist commitment to peace

Religious and humanist commitment to peace

A recent press comment from Mennonite World Conference acts as a helpful reminder of an important declaration inviting belief communities - faith-based and otherwise - to commit to peace in the midst of a world still riven with conflict and religiously- or ideologically-sanctioned violence.

Case for faith school reform grows stronger

Case for faith school reform grows stronger

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator’s determination in relation to Coloma Convent Girls' School’s admission policy (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/15740) is another positive step forward in the long campaign for properly inclusive and open schooling.

Not just waving poppies, but drowning thought

Not just waving poppies, but drowning thought

When politicians rush to claim that something is 'non-political' (as has been happening around Remembrance Day over the past week or so), you know that some healthy suspicion and careful examination is due.

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.