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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

ICC to investigate in Palestinian territories

THE NEWS THAT FATOU BENSOUDA, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), has opened a formal investigation into the “Situation in Palestine” is a historic breakthrough, says Amnesty International. The investigation will cover crimes committed in the...

Inquiry into women’s well-being in prisons

AN INFLUENTIAL CROSS-PARTY PANEL of MPs and peers have launched an inquiry  to look into growing evidence that prisons have a damaging impact on women’s health and well-being. The inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System (APPG) will...

LGBTI activists acquitted in Poland

THREE POLISH HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS have been acquitted of charges of “offending religious beliefs” after they pasted up posters depicting the Virgin Mary with a halo in the rainbow colours of the LGBTI pride flag. The Polish authorities had alleged that posters the...

UK press regulation failing, says report

FOLLOWING THE EXPOSURE of alleged criminal activity and growing complaints about the behaviour of the press in the UK in 2011, the Leveson Inquiry made a series of recommendations for a new, more effective regulatory system. As a result, the Press Recognition Panel...

Vaccine cooperation essential, says UN

UN EXPERTS SAY BILLIONS OF PEOPLE, especially in the Global South, risk being excluded from the benefits of Covid-19 immunisation until 2024. They urge rich States to end short-sighted vaccine nationalism that is fuelling a vaccine divide and undermining worldwide...

COMMENTARY

TPNW and global action to abolish nuclear weapons

THE WORLD TODAY faces a number of existential or near-existential threats. The climate crisis (which has repercussions in every other area of life, and hits the poorest and most vulnerable hardest) is the most prominent. The current COVID pandemic, the threat of...

Review of ‘Green Burial’, by Martin Hayden

Green Burial by Martin Hayden. Published by The Garlic Press. Price £10. Many years ago I spoke to a veteran activist in the peace movement. When I asked him why he did what he did, he said, “It’s my love song to the world.” This book feels very much like a love song...

Lockdown, learning, and the Bedroom Tax

ALMOST EVERY CHILD under 11 in the UK has been born under a Conservative government. There are books to be written about how multiple Conservative policies have increased and entrenched disadvantage for children over the past decade, but as we enter a third national...

MEDIA

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New imprint on culture and transformation

CHANGE is not just about politics, but the whole spectrum of human activity and endeavour. That is the inspirational thought behind Siglum, which is a new imprint which focuses on the illuminative and transformative possibilities of the arts, music and culture. Among...

Seeking truth and freedom in a post-truth world

HOW DO CHRISTIANS and others of good faith speak truthfully and act justly, with freedom and responsibility, in a world which seems increasingly characterised by the manipulations and distortions of power? In this extended  essay, author, academic and retired bishop...

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