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Ekklesia is an independent change network promoting transformative
ideas about politics, society and beliefs

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Ekklesia is an independent change network promoting transformative
ideas about politics, society and beliefs

Changing World

Ekklesia is an independent change network promoting transformative
ideas about politics, society and beliefs

Changing Outlook

Ekklesia is an independent change network promoting transformative
ideas about politics, society and beliefs

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Zero Covid Scotland campaign set to launch

SCOTTISH CAMPAIGNERS CALLING for a new 'Zero Covid' approach to the pandemic from governments are winning support from leading politicians. Dr Philippa Whitford, SNP MP for Central Ayrshire and a sponsor of a cross- party Zero Covid motion signed by 40 MPs this month...

Scotland to defend Human Rights Act

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT will strongly oppose any attempt to weaken the UK Human Rights Act, Equalities and Human Rights Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has said. In a detailed evidence submission to the UK Independent Human Rights Review, which was established by...

Budget will make poverty worse, says JRF

MORE PEOPLE WILL be swept into poverty as a result of decisions made in the Chancellor's budget yesterday (3 March 2021), says the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) in an incisive response to the UK Government's plans. Helen Barnard of JRF said: “It is unacceptable...

Chancellor ‘gambling with the recovery’

COMMENTING ON THE BUDGET statement from the UK Government, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The chancellor is making a dangerous bet on the economy bouncing back on its own. He is gambling with the recovery when he should have acted to create jobs. “We are...

Vast military spending undercuts social budgeting

SPEAKING AFTER THE CHANCELLOR'S BUDGET speech, the Peace Pledge Union (PPU) described the Covid pandemic as a deadly reminder that guns and bombs cannot make us safe. Four months ago, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak announced an increase in military spending of £16...

COMMENTARY

Why the Right can’t be allowed to hijack patriotism

IT SEEMS THAT patriotism is the current must-have for politicians. It is not only the Conservatives who are pushing UK exceptionalism at every opportunity. The Leader of the Opposition has now embraced the Union Flag backdrop and this is annoying the left of the...

The huge injustice of local government funding

THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT seems to have discovered Schrodinger’s money tree. When there are lucrative contracts to be awarded, often to party donors or highly paid consultants, the supply of money seems limitless. When it comes to funding the unglamorous but...

Ecclesial white supremacism

THERE IS NO right life in a world of falsehoods. This acknowledgement – one of Theodor Adorno's best – is not a moralistic condemnation of the state of things. It is more like a statement of the facts. When one's world is a tissue of falsehoods, intended and...

What Jarel Robinson-Brown did not say

RIGHT-WING SOCIAL MEDIA users have driven themselves into a frenzy of outrage over a tweet written by a Church of England priest named Jarel Robinson-Brown. The front page of yesterday’s Daily Star features calls for him to be sacked. I strongly suspect that some of...

Defending truth and defeating lies: a citizen’s duty

"THERE IS TRUTH AND THERE ARE LIES – lies told for power and for profit. Each of us has a duty and a responsibility as citizens, as Americans and especially as leaders... to defend the truth and defeat the lies.” President Joe Biden, delivering his inaugural speech in...

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Redemptive Justice? Survivors of church-related abuse

THIS new paper from the Rev Dr David Atkinson (retired Anglican Bishop of Thetford) and Dr Sue Atkinson (survivor of childood abuse, with a PhD in professional development and how groups learn to change) proposes a framework for the Church of England's on-going...

Welcome to the new Ekklesia website

EKKLESIA IS PLEASED to be launching its new website for a new year – our twentieth in operation as a pioneering think-tank (and now change network) on beliefs, ethics and politics. This is the fourth redesign since we appeared on the web in 2002. It also marks a...

New Ekklesia Publishing site

EKKLESIA Publishing was established in 2016 and has so far produced ten titles, with several more in process for 2021. Our aim is to bring to market high quality books which help change the way we look at the world based on the values of social justice, peacemaking,...

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