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

Changing Ideas

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

BRIEFING

English Councils call for more housebuilding powers

MORE THAN 1.1 MILLION HOMES granted planning permission in England in the last decade are yet to be built, new analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed. The LGA is calling for councils to be given powers in a Planning Bill in the Queen’s Speech...

Understanding reasons for knife crime is vital

OVER 7,500 KNIVES HAVE BEEN SEIZED and surrendered as part of a coordinated effort to tackle knife crime across England and Wales. Between Monday 26 April and Sunday 2 May, police officers arrested 2,131 people as part of Operation Sceptre, with 604 of those relating...

IPPR calls for reform of UK food sector

A NEW IPPR REPORT calls for bold but common-sense reforms to change the way the UK runs its food system to ensure everyone is able to access healthy food, produced in ways that support the environment and nature, while providing sustainable livelihoods for food...

UN statement on forced evictions in East Jerusalem

UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR  HUMAN RIGHTS SPOKESPERSON Rupert Colville has issued a briefing on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Eight Palestinian refugee families residing in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem are facing a risk of...

Church of Scotland divests from oil and gas companies

CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL AND DEVELOPMENT CHARITIES Christian Aid, Eco-congregation Scotland and Operation Noah have welcomed the decision of the Church of Scotland Investors’ Trust to sell its shares in oil and gas companies. They also called on the Church of Scotland...

COMMENTARY

Why all 16-year-olds should have a vote

AT THE 1977 CCONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE, 16-year-old William Hague made a speech in which he conjured up what he feared was the imminent and dreadful prospect of a "Socialist Britain". With Margaret Thatcher and many delegates captivated by the rare sight of a...

Transformatory politics beyond the elections

WITH THE POLLS shortly set to close on national, regional and local elections in Scotland, Wales and England (plus the Hartlepool by-election, and voting for police and crime commissioners in England and Wales), most will either have cast their ballot or made up their...

Church action on racism: what is at stake?

THERE IS A NEW REPORT in the Church of England concerning how to address racism: From Lament to Action. It was published almost simultaneously with the guilty verdict on the killer of George Floyd, which has been met with strong assent from many Christians. It will be...

‘A gentle discipline’ or Williamson’s whip?

'EXERCISE A GENTLE DISCIPLINE’ is a phrase often heard amongst Quakers. It may be used in reference to matters as diverse as the conduct of our Business Meetings or the wording of funeral notices. It works, perhaps one might say, because we are raised to it. But note...

MEDIA

UPDATES

Introducing the Good Conversation podcast

WE ARE PLEASED to announce the launch of the Good Conversation podcast by independent scholar, author, Church in Wales priest and Ekklesia associate, the Rev Dr John Gillibrand. The podcast debuts on Sunday 28 March 2021. The link is being shared on social media here....

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...

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