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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

No place for famine in the 21st century, say NGOs

STATES AND DONOR COUNTRIES are being urged by NGOs including Christian Aid to provide the additional $5.5 billion needed for urgent food assistance to reach more than 34 million girls, boys, women and men around the globe who are on the brink of famine. In a joint...

Call to protect seabed store of ‘blue carbon’

UK MARINE PROTECTED AREAS (MPAs) in continental shelf waters store approximately 26.5 million tonnes of carbon, according to Marine Conservation Society data, making them a vital tool in the battle against the climate emergency. However, industrial fishing methods...

UNHCR’s Grandi and Pope Francis meet

UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES Filippo Grandi praised Pope Francis’ holistic approach to global displacement and the needs of the most vulnerable, including those forced to flee their homes, as expressed in the encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti, during a...

Care home residents campaign on self-isolation

After UK Government guidance in force from 12 April made clear that the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) is maintaining the requirement for care home residents to self-isolate for 14 days after a visit out, John’s Campaign is threatening to bring legal...

ClientEarth sues over climate impact of ECB policy

CLIENTEARTH HAS FILED LANDMARK LEGAL ACTION in Belgium to stop ‘quantitative easing’ from European central banks flowing to fossil fuel companies and polluting firms that are exacerbating the climate crisis. Lawyers from the environmental charity have challenged the...

COMMENTARY

Disestablishment and the ‘common wealth’ spirit

THE QUESTION OF whether, why and how the Church of England should be disestablished (and what this means) may seem a rather quaint one, especially given the other ructions facing the increasingly disunited kingdom we are part of right now. But I believe it still...

Resisting the anti-protest bill

THE UK GOVERNMENT is seeking to rush a new law through Parliament which would drastically limit people’s right to protest , with harsh sentences, even when COVID restrictions are lifted. This has been widely criticised, especially after violent policing of a vigil...

Love, politics, and Universal Basic Income

LONDON MAYORAL CANDIDATE Shaun Bailey recently said that if people were given a Universal Basic Income (UBI) they would spend it on ‘lots of drugs’.  This was widely reported. Less widely reported was the response of Dr Simon Duffy, speaking in the same meeting, where...

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...

MEDIA

UPDATES

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,...

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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