Category - Politics

  • 15 Mar 2014

    The voice of the prophets was essential, the late Tony Benn argued, to challenge wrong-doing and wrong motives – to provide direction for the rulers who would listen, and stubborn unyielding opposition when they would not. This, he believed, should be the role of the church in relation to government. The Rev Benny Hazelhurst, former vicar of Tolpuddle, recalls a man of vision and social hope, who died on 14 March 2014.

  • 6 Nov 2013

    The government has agreed a five -week delay for consultation about its Lobbying Bill, as it faced defeat in the House of Lords.

  • 2 Nov 2013

    Former WCC General Secretary, Konrad Raiser, has discussed his new book Religion, Power, Politics at its tenth Assembly

  • 29 Oct 2013
  • 11 Feb 2013

    Life in the European Union is one of continuing political negotiation. No political realist is surprised that national leaders constantly seek to protect and advance the interests of their country, says social theologian Dr Graeme Smith. The European Union is the place of permanent dialogue between different interests, and more substantially different political cultures, interestingly mirroring some different Protestant and Catholic instincts. Meanwhile, ecumenical lessons can help us to see why it's negotiation all the way, in a positive sense.

  • 5 Jan 2013

    At a time when high-octane political wrangling continues apace, a diverse coalition of religious leaders is asking Americans to pray for civility.

  • 29 Nov 2012

    Look out for live tweets from the 'Occupy the Issues' conference and seminar in Edinburgh today, beginning at 100.00am. These can be followed @simonbarrow on Twitter, using hashtags #occupy and #occupyissues.

  • 16 Nov 2012

    Theologian Tryon Edwards has suggested right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past. In that sense, says Jonathan Bartley, true apologies are yet to be forthcoming in many areas of public life today.

  • 13 Nov 2012

    'Occupy the Issues: Alternatives in Politics, Economics and the Media' is the title of a conference and seminar being held at Edinburgh University on 29 November.

  • 11 Oct 2012

    One of the most exasperating things about politics at the moment is the way politicians abuse and twist the language to their own ends. Words lose their true meaning and mutate into what they want them to mean.