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World AIDS Day: churches' health project

World AIDS Day: churches' health project

On World AIDS Day (1 December 2013), it is worth reminding ourselves of the World Council of Churches' Healthand Healing project, which supports the churches' work in this field, with particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS, mental health, and the promotion of reconciliation and the "healing of memories".

The essentials of a radical faith: Anabaptists and Mennonites

The essentials of a radical faith: Anabaptists and Mennonites

The Anabaptist Network and the Mennonite Trust, both partners of Ekklesia, have organised a day on Saturday 30 November 2013, entitled 'The Essentials of a Radical Faith'.

Baroness Warsi on MENA Christians: right problem, wrong diagnosis

Baroness Warsi on MENA Christians: right problem, wrong diagnosis

"Christians 'face extinction' in their ancient homelands because of a rising tide of sectarian attacks." That was the way the Daily Telegraph signalled the content of a talk by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi last week.

Church schools and the reality of religiously-based selection

In addition to challenging the misuse of statistics in recent claims about Church of England Schools, the The Fair Admissions Campaign, of which Ekklesia is part, has recently highlighted a number of Church schools that are highly selective in their admissions.

Electoral Commission briefing on Lobbying Bill

Electoral Commission briefing on Lobbying Bill

The Electoral Commission which was not consulted by the government before it developed its controversial Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, which is in Committee stage in the House of Lords. The EC sent a briefing to peers yesterday (4 November 2013), backing a pause. It reads as follows:

Oriental Orthodox concern for situation in Syria

Oriental Orthodox concern for situation in Syria

Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian from the Oriental Orthodox community in the UK has made a powerful statement on the troubling situation in Syria – and particularly the widespread mistreatment of Christians and others.

Peers need to be urged to back a pause in the Lobbying Bill

Peers need to be urged to back a pause in the Lobbying Bill

Peers will discuss the UK government's controversial Lobbying Bill tomorrow (5 November 2013).

Welfare assessment petition needs a final push

The e-government petition promoted by WOW (War on Welfare), and backed by Ekklesia and a whole range of advocacy groups and individuals online, is about to reach 75,000 signatories - but needs another push by 12 December 2013 to cross the vital 100,000 threshold.

Peace train arrives in Korea

“They’re coming, they’re coming,” shouts a young women, looking toward the train pulling into platform 6 at Busan Station. When the doors open, people get off with large suitcases.

Equality Network discusses Scotland's future

Equality Network discusses Scotland's future

What are the prospects for equality in a Scotland that either strikes out towards independence or remains within the United Kingdom?