Simon Barrow's blog

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.

The Iona Community: 75 years of inspiration

The Iona Community: 75 years of inspiration

The Iona Community is a dispersed Christian ecumenical community working simultaneously for peace and social justice, the rebuilding of human bonds of collaboration locally and globally, and the renewal of worship. This past weekend it has been celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Confusions in the parliamentary marriage debate

The highly important parliamentary discussion of marriage law and equality continues today (4 June 2013), and Ekklesia will be commenting further as details develop.

Anabaptist Theology Forum update

A further meeting of the Anabaptist Theology Forum (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and some friends from mainland Europe) is being considered for December 2013, but we do not have a date or details at present.

Scotland and 'the vision thing'

How goes the referendum on Scottish independence? This is the question my friends from down south ask almost every time I speak to them. The answer is that it feels to be in a strange kind of limbo.

More media Big Questions post-Woolwich

More media Big Questions post-Woolwich

On BBC1's important, topical television 'morality and beliefs' show, The Big Questions, next due to air at 12.05pm on Sunday 26 May 2013, a major focus of discussion will be the horrific Woolwich killing and its aftermath.

Only communicate: how the church addresses the world (or not)

Only communicate: how the church addresses the world (or not)

Given that the Church of Scotland, like all major Christian denominations, conducts a good chunk of its internal business in public these days (with the boundary between what is 'internal' and what is 'external' increasingly stretched), media and communications can no longer be thought of - if it ever could - as a specialist function alone.

Church 'issues' are about people, not abstract ideas

Ask anyone reporting or commenting on the 2013 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and they will tell you that proceedings this year are being dominated by two 'issues': the reception, or otherwise, of same-sex persons in the life and ministry of the Kirk; and later this week 'The inheritance of Abraham: A report on the promised land' (which has provoked a substantial preemptive assault by the pro-Israeli government lobby, on account of its advocacy of justice for Palestinians and Jews alike).

Big challenges ahead for Archbishop Justin Welby

Big challenges ahead for Archbishop Justin Welby

Justin Welby is enthroned as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury today, in a service the scale, pomp and circumstance of which considerably exceeds the true cash worth of the Church of England at the moment, many may feel.

Edinburgh launch for 'Religion and the News'

Edinburgh launch for 'Religion and the News'

The Edinburgh book launch of a multi-author volume, 'Religion and the News' takes place in association with a panel discussion on "Media, Faith and State post-Leveson" on Tuesday 19 March 2003 in the Martin Hall, Edinburgh University School of Divinity, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX, from 17.45.