Simon Barrow's blog

In the pink

In the pink

For the Mennonite Church USA Assembly in Columbus Ohio (ending on 5 July 2009), Christians affirming of the place and ministry of lesbian, gay and transgendered people in the church have organised an imaginative witness

St George... not who you think he is

St George... not who you think he is

Today is St George's day. It is spun out of myth, but the myth is important. The day has 'traditionally' been seen as affirming Empire and an exclusive English identity. But that is a gross misrepresentation, when you examine the story.

Analysing the UK Budget '09

Analysing the UK Budget '09

Britain's first 'carbon budget' is possibly the most keenly followed one in modern history, given the global financial crisis and a massive borrowing requirement.

Anglican wars prove a media snooze

Anglican wars prove a media snooze

Just one journalist turned up for the recent GACON press conference of hard-line Anglicans. Is the long-running ecclesiastical war becoming a media snore?

A Twitter of a Passion Play

A Twitter of a Passion Play

This year, you can travel the Stations of the Cross online via cell phone, Blackberry, iPhone, or other Internet connection – for what may be the world’s first twitterised Passion Play...

Getting all cross and bothered

Getting all cross and bothered

Good Friday is a day to reflect on the power of redemptive love confronting the crucifying forces in our world. Not that you'd know this from the preoccupations of some church leaders.

Spiritual care in a secular health service

Spiritual care in a secular health service

As the current debate about how chaplaincy should be funded illustrates, handling spiritual needs in a plural health system can be tricky.

An invitation to Open Bethlehem

An invitation to Open Bethlehem

Could challenging the imprisonment of Bethlehem serve as a window into the wider problems and solutions for Palestine and Israel?

Christian and Jewish shared fidelity

Christian and Jewish shared fidelity

The lifting of the excommunication on Holocaust-denier Richard Williamson has left many people confused about the Catholic Church’s relation to the Jewish people.

The onward march of progressive conservatism?

The onward march of progressive conservatism?

A theologian whose forthcoming book 'Red Tory' is a much-anticipated event in the world of UK political publishing is imagining a quantum leap in conservative thought and practice.