Simon Barrow's blog

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.

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.