Simon Barrow's blog

Lent and the Iraq war

Lent and the Iraq war

For the next four weeks, the US God's Politics group blog will be featuring posts from a variety of voices on Iraq: Iraqis, US veterans and parents, Christians from other countries, pastors, and peacemakers.

Drowning out proper debate

Drowning out proper debate

What is at stake in the row occasioned by Rowan Williams' Sharia musings is the possibility of reasoned discourse and a serious consideration of Islam in Europe, says Catholic scholar Tina Beattie.

Rights report on Egypt and apostasy

Rights report on Egypt and apostasy

A recent report by the New York-based Human Rights Watch (co-authored with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights) has highlighted continuing problems around apostasy and civil rights in Egypt.

Background on Rowangate

Background on Rowangate

Though what might be called 'Rowangate' has subsided a little, some very important issues are still very much alive.

Keeping up with the Joneses

There would seem to be a contradiction in Bishop of Liverpool James Jones speaking up bravely for lesbian and gay people pastorally in a new book, and then defending the very privilege which enables his church to discriminate against them in law.

Radio 4 on disestablishment

Radio 4 on disestablishment

Ekklesia co-director Jonathan Bartley will be on BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme tomorrow, some time after 07.45 we believe. The archbishop, the future of the C of E and sharia are in the frame.

Solving a problem like Sharia?

Solving a problem like Sharia?

Though the headlines have receded, the blogopshere is still buzzing with the fall out of the Rowan Williams / Sharia 'debate'. More thoughtful material is now emerging.

Living in a client state

Living in a client state

We were pleased that a Christian PR agency has helped distribute our latest press release about disestablishment, but also surprised. We are not their clients.

Over the top on Facebook

Over the top on Facebook

As social networking sites continue to blossom and change in spite of media scepticism, Ekklesia is pleased to report its latest milestone.

Public service reform

Public service reform

Britain's public services are continually under pressure. How do we begin to shift the agenda in a more positive direction?