Category - Politics

  • June 4, 2009

    Cynicism about politicians and political institutions runs very deep, says Terry Waite. But the current crisis is also an opportunity for change, for reinvesting politics with hope and the participation of people from outside 'the party system'.

  • June 4, 2009

    Churches could have a vital role to play in rejuvenating democracy, says Jonathan Bartley. But it needs to be through a faith-engagement with politics based on openness and change.

  • May 30, 2009

    Christians attending a Pentecostal festival have been urged towards a thoughtful and prayerful engagement with politics in the European and local elections, following the MPs' expense scandal and calls to isolate the racist BNP.

  • May 23, 2009

    Dr Rowan Williams is being accused of complacency and instititutional isolation for his suggestion that MPs are being humiliated in the current expenses scandal, and that this could irreparably damage public engagement with politics. A new poll suggests he is mistaken.

  • May 23, 2009

    A public opinion poll by ComRes, commissioned by the religion and society thinktank Ekklesia, has challenged the Archbishop of Canterbury's suggestion that democracy will be damaged by the revelations about MPs expenses

  • May 13, 2009

    The furore about MP’s expenses has temporarily overshadowed all other political issues, says Simon Barrow. But it is perhaps better seen as a symptom of a much wider disconnect between governors and governed.

  • October 15, 2008

    The rapidly changing relationship between religion and state was the focus of a dialogue between ten Chinese and nine European scholars and religious leaders representing Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and traditional Chinese religions

  • September 26, 2008

    The main British party conferences were about to sidestep the economy, but the latest bank crunch has made the topic unavoidable, says Simon Barrow. But do politicians or the churches have anything meaningful to say?

  • September 25, 2008

    One could ask of any state how its political character and practices are intertwined with ethical or moral considerations.

  • August 26, 2008

    With Barack Obama and John McCain joining battle for the November US presidential elections, a leading evangelical Christian figure organised a candidates forum refreshingly free of rancour, say observers.