Simon Barrow's blog

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.

Changing belief patterns in the USA

Changing belief patterns in the USA

The dominance of religion in American public life has taken a different form to that of Europe under Christendom. But the US picture is changing too.

Tree-lining our imagination of justice

Tree-lining our imagination of justice

Deep thinking about trees? Yes indeed. They are both a vital resource, a means of claiming the land, and at the same time contested political and religious symbols.

Schooling for community change

Schooling for community change

Integrated schooling in Northern Ireland has provable benefits. We should be learning that lesson in Britain.

Banking on alternatives

Banking on alternatives

As free market fundamentalism falters, religious communities have an opportunity to invest in practical alternatives.

More than just 'rights'

More than just 'rights'

Christians and others are asking whether a "rights discourse" is really adequate to who and what we are as human beings.

Convening on liberty

Convening on liberty

Ekklesia is pleased to be involved in a major civil society event taking place across Britain today.

The majority that cried 'discrimination'

The majority that cried 'discrimination'

Are Christians in Britain an unacknowledged majority or a persecuted minority? Some are trying to say they are both!