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Churches challenge government on food poverty

Churches challenge government on food poverty

An open letter to government ministers from Free Church leaders in Britain has challenged their indifference to food poverty and the growth of foodbanks, along with their refusal of funding to support the most vulnerable.

Bethlehem, Kairos Palestine and funding Future Peacemakers

Bethlehem, Kairos Palestine and funding Future Peacemakers

The 'Bethlehem Unwrapped' Christmastide celebrations and events at St James' Piccadilly are partly to raise funds for the Future Peacemakers Appeal, Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem (www.holylandtrust.org) and partly to raise awareness and support for "Kairos Palestine", backed by Ekklesia and many others.

Support 'Bethlehem Unwrapped' this Christmas

Support 'Bethlehem Unwrapped' this Christmas

A festival of Bethlehem at Christmas is being celebrated at St James’s Piccadilly, London, from 23 December 2013 through to 5 January 2014, with people joining in on Facebook and Twitter from other parts of these islands… and the world.

Is democracy reasonable and possible for the MENA region?

Is democracy reasonable and possible for the MENA region?

The latest podcast from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) analyst Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the prospects for democracy in a region battered by violence and conflict.

Support 'Songs from Soweto: an a cappella journey'

Support 'Songs from Soweto: an a cappella journey'

'Songs from Soweto: an a cappella journey' is a short music documentary depicting life stories of five musicians from the Soweto township.

Lord Harries' amendments to Lobbying Bill considered today

Lord Harries' amendments to Lobbying Bill considered today

Amendments in line with recommendations in the second Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement (CCSDE) report on the government's Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill have been tabled by Lord Harries, the former Anglican Bishop of Oxford, for debate at Committee Stage in parliament on Monday 16 and Wednesday 18 December 2013.

Day of action against austerity: 'Can you afford Christmas?'

Day of action against austerity: 'Can you afford Christmas?'

As winter comes, the impacts of the government's cuts in social spending and welfare are increasingly tangible, as more and more people struggle to make ends meet.

Funded PhD studentships in Critical Religion available

Funded PhD studentships in Critical Religion available

Critical Religion at the University of Stirling is among the subject areas offering Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Awards under the Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland schemes in the Arts and Humanities.

ATOS and DWP stand accused over flawed 'fit for work' assessments

In an important new paper from the Centre for Wefare Reform (http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org), leading independent disability campaigner Kaliya Franklin, part of the Spartacus network, carefully analyses how government policy has undermined the objectivity of the medical assessments on sick and disabled people used by the private medical firm ATOS.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2013

Today, 3 December 2013, is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, proclaimed by the United Nations.