Simon Barrow's blog

Thinking more deeply about faith today

Thinking more deeply about faith today

Fifteen years ago, 'faith' was seen as a virtually spent subject in the public realm, certainly in the view of its many 'cultured despisers'.

Calling the internship system to account

Calling the internship system to account

The number of unpaid interns utilised as entry-level staff—minus the pay—has been on the rise in recent years, and media coverage of these unethical and legally questionable arrangements has been growing exponentially, says the Intern Justice (IJ) (http://internjustice.com/) organisation in the USA.

How we are addressed in silence (revisited)

How we are addressed in silence (revisited)

Before any words we might speak, there is the silence with which we are addressed by God, says liberation theologian Gustavo Gutierrez.

Putting peace in the picture

Journalism has acquired a dubious reputation in recent years, not least as a result of the misbehaviour of large media corporations.

Distinguishing and relating religion and state in Scotland today

Distinguishing and relating religion and state in Scotland today

Scotland's faith communities have helped shape the Scotland we know today, many would contend.

Ian Berry: the pictures, the man behind the camera

Ian Berry: the pictures, the man behind the camera

Magnum photographer Ian Berry first set out to South Africa as a boy of 17 years, recording ordinary lives in extraordinary circumstances.

Are we losing faith in the media?

That's an interesting and tantalisingly ambiguous question. Are we talking about the appearance of beliefs in an increasingly multi-platform world, the question of belief or otherwise in media values and performance, or some combination of the two?

Making sense of the new unrest

From anti-neoliberal protests around globalisation through to the Occupy movement, environmental direct action and mass anti-austerity demonstrations, there has been an explosion of grassroots activism that has moved in tandem with the wave of crises facing western-driven free market capitalism since 2008.

Thinking again about religion

Religion is a 'hot topic' one way or another. Some love it, some loathe it, many go meh... but you can't ignore the diverse belief mix that now makes up a modern plural society.

Israel-Palestine: reality of occupation, challenge of peace

Israel-Palestine: reality of occupation, challenge of peace

"Of course Israel has a right to exist... but with Palestine, not at the expense of the Palestinians." That was the message of an ecumenical accompanier speaking today (6th August 2013) at Just Festival in Edinburgh.