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Church welcomes arms dealers - but tries to ban peacemakers from singing hymns

Church welcomes arms dealers - but tries to ban peacemakers from singing hymns

The most bizarre moment of today’s vigil outside an arms conference at Church House was when Westminster Abbey’s staff told us that we were not allowed to sing hymns on their land.

Church House - no place for an arms conference

Church House - no place for an arms conference

The Church House Conference Centre, located in the Church of England's administrative headquarters near Westminster Abbey, is again to host a conference sponsored by arms dealers.

London LGBT Pride - giving publicity to human rights abusers

London LGBT Pride - giving publicity to human rights abusers

This week, I've seen two movements that I love become sullied by complicity with the arms trade.

First, Church House (a leading Christian conference centre) hosted a gathering of arms dealers and generals. Now, London LGBT Pride are about to allow a section of this week's march to be used to publicise a company that is complicit in homophobia– and other human rights abuses – around the world.

Planning land warfare - in the Church of England's HQ

Planning land warfare - in the Church of England's HQ

Where will a group of generals and arms dealers gather tomorrow (24 June) to discuss the future of land warfare? A military camp? The Ministry of Defence? An underground bunker? No, it's the headquarters of the Church of England.

Where do 'British values' come from?

Where do 'British values' come from?

Schools in which pupils are taught to follow the same values as the government are usually associated with totalitarian regimes. This has not stopped Michael Gove and David Cameron from saying that 'British values' should be taught in all British schools.

Are disabled people now expected to rely on charity from arms dealers?

Are disabled people now expected to rely on charity from arms dealers?

The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire has recently been given £2 billion by the UK government to construct new facilities. The AWE has just donated £1,200 to local disability charities in Basingstoke.

Mainstream parties have been defeated by the monster they created

Mainstream parties have been defeated by the monster they created

Nigel Farage's smug grin is all over the media this morning. But the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have been defeated by a monster of their own creation.

Challenging the arms trade on its home turf

Challenging the arms trade on its home turf

This evening, I’ll be speaking about the arms trade on the edge of Farnborough – the home town of the multinational arms company BAE Systems.

British Baptists take a step forward on sexuality - but need to go a lot further

British Baptists take a step forward on sexuality - but need to go a lot further

Ministers in the Baptist Union of Great Britain who bless same-sex partnerships will no longer be disciplined for doing so if they have the support of their local church. I think this is brilliant news.

White Feather Diaries: remembering those who resisted the First Word War

White Feather Diaries: remembering those who resisted the First Word War

Yesterday saw the formal launch of the White Feather Diaires, a social media project exploring the lives of British pacifists during the first world war. The project's run by Quakers in Britain, who hired me as a writer and an editor for the project. I'm really pleased to be working on this project. Yesterday we announced the names of the five individuals whose writings will form the basis of the project, when it goes online in the summer.