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  • 19 Jun 2007

    A church school’s refusal to admit a wheelchair-bound child highlights important questions of access, inclusion and the duties of both voluntary-aided schools and the whole education sector, says the parent involved.

  • 18 Jun 2007

    Divisions between Black Majority congregations and historic Christian churches are hindering efforts to tackle issues surrounding young black people's over representation in the criminal justice system, says a churches' forum.

  • 18 Jun 2007

    Britain's schools, including those run by faith groups, talk of inclusion. But Jonathan Bartley's son Samuel has found that the church and education authorities are reluctant to put their money where their mouth is.

  • 18 Jun 2007

    More than 20 religious groups in the United States are pressing for health insurance coverage for many of the nine million uninsured children across America – a good number of whom are living in poverty.

  • 18 Jun 2007

    Three Indonesian Christian women, who had been serving prison sentences for running a Sunday School attended voluntarily by Muslims, have been freed from jail after two years of a three-year sentence.

  • 18 Jun 2007

    A report published by the new BBC trust today is critical of some programmes for allowing celebrity-backed anti-poverty groups to appear in entertainment shows. Their backers say this reflects reality, an is an antidote to comercialism.

  • 17 Jun 2007

    The leader of a major grouping of African churches has expressed outrage at human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, and has urged the world to help resolve the political crisis in the southern African country.

  • 17 Jun 2007

    The British Humanist Association has welcomed parts of the report published by the Commission on Integration and Cohesion, but has warned against religious divisions in public welfare and education provision.

  • 16 Jun 2007

    Fighting between the Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip has highlighted the urgent need for the international community to end the isolation and blockade on the Palestinian government, say churches and NGOs.

  • 16 Jun 2007

    The determination of some religious and anti-religious people to blame each other for the world's evils is part of a damaging drift to fanaticism, argues Simon Barrow. What we all need is self-critique and hopefulness.

  • 16 Jun 2007

    Though the Christian Aid Week fundraising total is yet to be announced, the UK-based international development charity has expressed gratitude for its many resourceful supporters - stretching well beyond Britain's churches.

  • 15 Jun 2007

    The heads of the historic Christian churches (Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant) in the divided city of Jerusalem have made a strong, united spiritual appeal for an end to the continuing fighting between Fateh and Hamas.

  • 15 Jun 2007

    The general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches has renewed calls for greater efforts at achieving equality and justice in global Christian mission relations, continuing a long-standing debate.

  • 15 Jun 2007

    For the first time, a woman has been appointed as head of the global Caritas Internationalis network of official Catholic relief and development agencies. She formerly worked for the UK aid agency, CAFOD.

  • 14 Jun 2007

    The official ecumenical body Action of Churches Together in Scotland is holding a national service this weekend at the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, to commemorate the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807.