Blogs

1 Nov 2013

The issue of equality for all people has been raised at the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly by a group of LGBT activists.

1 Nov 2013

It has now been confirmed that Ecumenical News International (ENInews) will not outlive the drastic financial reductions imposed by its two main sponsors, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), writes Michel Kocher, a journalist, director of Médias-pro in Lausanne, a member of the World Association of Christian Communication (WACC), and former president of ENInews.

1 Nov 2013

The Prison Officers Association Scotland has become the first trade union to offer its full support to the Scottish self-government campaign.

31 Oct 2013

Changing times may be best served by less rigidity about symbols, says Jill Segger. As the centenary of World War I approaches, she suggests that the white poppy opens up a space in which remembrance can go hand in hand with repentance for the failure that is war.

31 Oct 2013

The tenth assembly of the World Council of Churches, like many ecumenical gatherings, is facing strong opposition and criticism from fundamentalist-style Christian groups, notes Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow. The answer this is not to adopt the mindset and rejectionism of our opponents, but to engage with with difference and “otherness” however difficult and challenging that might be.

31 Oct 2013

A renewed 'Claim of Right' for Scotland would invoke popular sovereignty and more than nationalist is also social democratic, liberal, green, feminist and much more, says commentator Gerry Hassan. It is the Scotland of boldness, determination and self-determination, which is larger than labels and beyond being small-minded about differences. It is also a challenge to the fading 'high Scotland' which talks the people's talk while remaining paternalist, and a step beyond the limitations of the current referendum campaign.

31 Oct 2013

The Middle East and North Africa, including its Christian communities, will continue to be a locus of concern for the WCC, its General Secretary affirms.

31 Oct 2013

Dr Wedad Abbas Tawfik has told the WCC 10th Assembly of her experiences and hopes for change as a Coptic Christian from Egypt.