Simon Barrow's blog

Advent and redeeming religion

Advent and redeeming religion

My prize discovery of the Advent season is a website offering seasonal reflections on the lectionary derived from the insights of René Girard.

Faithfully tackling prejudice

Religious prejudice has hampered HIV prevention and treatment around the world, but faith groups are also a key part of the solution.

A profit without honour?

A profit without honour?

While US TV evangelists talk up Mammon by using the name of Christ, an actor with no faith has been hailed a "prophet" by a leading biblical scholar for his dramatic attempts to challenge the enslaving religion of consumerism.

A little local money goes a global way

A little local money goes a global way

A long-standing practical scheme for financially backing community initiatives and economic development among those on the margins of the global system is being promoted in Britain.

Cheapside Debate on church schools

Cheapside Debate on church schools

Jonathan Bartley, co-director of Ekklesia is debating church schools with John Hall (ex-head of C of E Board of Education, now Dean of Westminster) and Jeremy Craddock, Dean of Emmanuel College Cambridge, in central London.

Blasphemy law must go, says ex-archbishop

Blasphemy law must go, says ex-archbishop

Lord Carey of Clifton has backed Ekklesia's call for an end to the archaic and unjust blasphemy law in the UK.

What a Sunday line up

What a Sunday line up

You can catch my esteemed colleague and Ekklesia co-director with a Tory MP, an ex-Archbishop and the atheist's guru on TV today.

Howard's end

Howard's end

For those who know their E. M. Forster, this was the most obvious headline for the victory of Kevin Rudd in the Australian election. But a more theological gloss is perhaps needed.

Anglicans want grace not grouching

Anglicans want grace not grouching

Members and supporters of Inclusive Church, including Ekklesia, associate Savitri Hensman, have been gathering at Swanwick to develop a vision of Anglicanism beyond in-fighting - one "drenched in grace".

Israeli Coalition Against House Demolitions (UK)

Israeli Coalition Against House Demolitions (UK)

As the Annopolis peace conference looms and attention turns to the geopolitical process, grassroots initiatives to bring a justpeace in Israel-Palestine continue.