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Budget 2014: What have the churches been saying?

Budget 2014: What have the churches been saying?

As of 9.45am on Thursday 20 March 2014, the day after the Chancellor’s Budget statement, these were the comments and responses from the Churches in Britain that we were able to discover. Further updates will follow through Ekklesia’s ongoing reporting, commentary and analysis: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/budget2014

Ekklesia's Budget 2014 comment and analysis

Ekklesia's Budget 2014 comment and analysis

As usual, Ekklesia will offer running budget comment, analysis and response (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/budget2014) today and tomorrow (19-20 March 2014) - highlighting especially the moral and social issues, alternative economic perspectives, the response of charities, NGOs and faith groups, and emerging policy questions.

Breakfast Lobby ahead of Westminster welfare petition debate

Breakfast Lobby ahead of Westminster welfare petition debate

On the morning of the Thursday 27 February at 9.30am WOWpetition (the initiative of disabled and sick people calling for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform on the most vulnerable) will be holding a breakfast lobby in the Jubilee Room of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster – ahead of a debate in the Commons Chamber due for 11.30am.

Christians and the referendum in Scotland

A day event is being held at St Ninian's Church, Dundee, on Saturday 22 February 2014, specifically to help Christians reflect on the issues that should be considered before deciding whether to vote Yes or No to the question in the historic September referendum: 'Should Scotland be an independent country?'

Darwin Day Lecture: Science and the 'new creationists'

Darwin Day Lecture: Science and the 'new creationists'

Professor Paul Braterman will be giving a Darwin Day Lecture at Pond Hotel, Glasgow (Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0XP, Scotland) at 2pm on Sunday 16 February 2014.

Philosophy, religion and public policy

'Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy' is an important two-day conference at the University of Chester, established as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Philosophy and Religious Practices Research Network.

Equality and religious freedom

Equality and religious freedom

'Equality and religious freedom: what accommodation is reasonable?' is the title of an important meeting on Tuesday 4th February, 6.30pm, at the House of Commons, Westminster, in Committee Room 15.

Good work? Ecumenical World Development Conference 2014

What is good work? How do we understand it theologically and recognise it in practice? What role can it play in helping to create more just societies and a fairer world? And how can we work with others here and elsewhere to enable more people to have access to it?

Is war ever just? The Big Questions, 26 January 2014

Is war ever just? The Big Questions, 26 January 2014

On Sunday 26 January 2014, BBC1's ethics and beliefs discussion show, The Big Questions, features a special edition recorded at Oasis Academy MediaCityUK in Salford, where presenter Nicky Campbell will be asking just one Big Question: Is war ever just?

Changing the tenor of the sexuality debate within the churches

Changing the tenor of the sexuality debate within the churches

Ekklesia has just published what Thinking Anglicans (http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk) is kind enough to call "a major commentary" on the Pilling report, written by our associate Savitri Hensman.