Simon Barrow's blog

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.

A conversation among creative and hopeful sceptics

A conversation among creative and hopeful sceptics

What would a conversation about religion among those who have abandoned it, or who are on the very edge of it, sound and feel like?

Changing the world: real conversation is the key

Changing the world: real conversation is the key

As the huge media coverage of internet abuse has made clear (not least the appalling targeting of women on Twitter and other social media platforms), when public conversation is debased, we all suffer - though those at the sharp end suffer most.

Just starting

Just starting

St John's Church in Edinburgh was packed last night (3 August 2013) for 'Just Starting', the opening event for Just Festival 2013, which attracted several hundred people.

Everyday economy: fairtrade and moving your money

Everyday economy: fairtrade and moving your money

One of the focuses of the Just Festival's programme for Saturday 3rd August is the linkage between everyday life and money.

Are you 'flying the flag'?

The term popular 'fly the flag' is all too often a cipher for "support us against them" or "toe the line". But from the beginning of August through to the beginning of September 2013, creative artist Peter Liversidge is helping us to recognise and practice another, positive meaning.

Preview: compelling photo insight into a changing South Africa

Preview: compelling photo insight into a changing South Africa

Media representatives (press, broadcast and social media) are invited to attend a special opening and preview of an exhibition of work from internationally acclaimed Magnum photographer Ian Berry, focussing on South Africa under apartheid and beyond.

Looking back to look forward

Every year Ekklesia contributors, and especially our associate Dr Harry Hagopian, reflect on the historical crime of the 1915-23 Armenian genocide, a tragedy which illustrates all-too-well the contemporary resonance and impact of difficult history.