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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

BRIEFING

Sentamu to be new Chair of Christian Aid

JOHN SENTAMU, the former Archbishop of York, has been announced as the next Chair of the board of international development agency Christian Aid. Dr Sentamu – who has been outspoken on issues of poverty and justice in the UK and globally for many years – served as the...

Nursing staff in England poised for action on NHS pay

NURSING STAFF ARE POISED to take part in a ‘summer of action’ in response to the three per cent NHS England pay award, as a poll commissioned by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) finds a majority (51 per cent) of the public think it is too little and 62 per cent say...

COMMENTARY

Is it time for prospective MPs to sit an exam?

THE COLLEGE which provides training for civil servants has just introduced a new course. ‘From Backbencher To Minister’ aims to give new ministers the skills to manage a department with hundreds of employees and a budget of billions. Some might think this is long...

Armed Forces Day: pageantry, pity, poetry and truth

ON SUMMER SATURDAYS, the quiet of the village where I live is sometimes broken by the unmistakeable throb and growl of a Merlin aero engine. On these occasions, I run outside and am occasionally in time to see a Spitfire or Hurricane looping and diving before...

Wild at heart: encountering Chris Packham

CHRIS PACKHAM is a naturalist best known for presenting Springwatch on BBC2. “He should be in the ‘national treasure’ class,” said The Guardian, “but he determinedly is not.”  Brian Draper went for a wander and conversation with him in the New Forest earlier this year...

MEDIA

UPDATES

Thursdays in Black: against rape and violence

THE NEWS THAT the US television star Bill Cosby, convicted of sexual assault and rape, is to be set free not because he is innocent, but because of a previous deal he struck where he admitted in a deposition to drugging women, is shocking and shameful. The Montcopa...

Northern Ireland on the brink?

ALTHOUGH Ekklesia does not have any associates in Northern Ireland at present, we are pleased to have policy and political analyst Peter McColl among a number of new and recent contributors to our comment section. Peter wrote a good, short explainer on the situation...

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