Simon Barrow's blog

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.

Judgement day, but not on Jerry

Judgement day, but not on Jerry

Today Stephen Green of Christian Voice, which looks very much like one man and a bandwagon, is appealing against the rejection of his attempted private prosecution of the BBC for blasphemy.

Liberating design

Liberating design

Ekklesia's "high-traffic website, turned into a Drupal wondersite" is one of the featured sites on Eleutheria this month.

Religion reporting can do your head in

Religion reporting can do your head in

Though he met good people too, Stephen Bates, the Guardian's ex-religious affairs correspondent, says that the sheer nastiness he encountered among some believers turned him right off.