As the debate continues about the inclusion in BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day of those who are not from the major world religions, a new paper from the religious thinktank Ekklesia urges that spirituality should not be confused with religion
The British government needs to make a clean break over the true cost and consequences of its recent military intervention policies, says the think-tank Ekklesia, which is calling for major investment in alternative, non-violent initiatives to tackle escalating global conflicts.
Following the announcement that the Iraq war inquiry will be held in private, the thinktank Ekklesia has today proposed that Armed Forces Day should be an opportunity to think honestly about military intervention rather than an excuse to divert attention away from the realities of war.
A letter from members of nine religious traditions calling for an end to religious discrimination in schools has been published in the Times. The plea coincides with the first day of the Equality Bill’s committee stage.
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
* 78% say independents should stand where MPs have behaved ‘unethically’
* 63% believe British democracy would be strengthened if there were more independent MPs
* 53% say they would ‘seriously consider’ voting for an independent candidate at the next general election
The religion and society think-tank Ekklesia says that today's installation of the new Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, may signal an important move away from an unhelpful 'persecution complex' which has been developing in certain sections of the churches in the last few years.
Symon Hill is to join Ekklesia as associate director from 1 June 2009, enabling what the think-tank describes as "a continued expansion" of its work in "creatively re-thinking the role of religion in contemporary society."
The Liberal Democrats have become the first mainstream political party to acknowledge that many faith schools currently pursue unnecessary practices in admissions and employment which work against inclusion - and pledge to challenge them.