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  • 19 May 2014

    As the Church of Scotland once again considers its differences over LGBT ministers, Alexander O'Hare says that we need to ask ourselves what the purpose of inclusivity is about. Is it about keeping everyone in the one Church, or is about living the Kingdom? If the latter, and some within the Church are unwilling or unable to do so with us, then we need to bid farewell. There is no point in unity at all costs, and certainly not at the cost of seeking to live justly in a biblical sense.

  • 19 May 2014

    Traffic is being diverted at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Burghfield, as protesters have blocked a major gate into the site by locking themselves together.

  • 17 May 2014

    Saturday 17 May 2014 has been the 9th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

  • 17 May 2014

    Hosted by the Iona Community and Fellowship of Reconciliation Scotland, Chris Cole, coordinator of the advocacy and information organisation, Drone Wars UK, is currently on a short Scottish tour, coinciding with Christian Aid Week and the start of the Church of Scotland General Assembly.

  • 17 May 2014

    When the banks wrecked the economy, people were angry: angry with politicians, bankers, and super-rich tax dodgers. Movements like Occupy questioned the very foundations of our global capitalist economy. Voters needed a party or a leader who would understand their anger, who would reject business as usual politics and teach the establishment a lesson. So what did that establishment need?

  • 16 May 2014

    Minorities, dissidents and the poor in India are at risk as extreme-right politician Narendra Modi takes control as prime minister. He represents the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), part of the Hindutva movement, which misuses religion in the quest for power.

  • 16 May 2014

    Following his capture by UK forces and rendition to Afghanistan, the US has released Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani citizen held for ten years without charge, trial, or access to a lawyer.

  • 15 May 2014

    A Guantánamo prisoner has told lawyers of the increasingly brutal punishment meted out to detainees peacefully protesting their indefinite detention.

  • 15 May 2014

    The secrecy surrounding thousands of subsidiaries created in tax havens by leading UK companies has created a black hole at the heart of the FTSE100, a new Christian Aid report warns.

  • 15 May 2014

    The reindeer-herding Komi-Izhemtsi people in western Siberia have rejected the takeover of their land for oil exploration and drilling by Russian oil-giant LUKOIL.

  • 14 May 2014

    New Zealand’s Anglican church has agree to explore ways of blessing same-sex relationships, while protecting the freedom of those who disagree. Meanwhile senior Church of England clergy have warned that opposing inclusion is undermining Christian witness.

  • 14 May 2014

    The UK’s poor track record of social mobility means that people’s life chances are too dependent on their parents’ income, says a new report from thr TUC

  • 13 May 2014

    Following complaints about the ‘Lynx Peace’ marketing campaign, which CND described as 'co-opting' its symbol, Unilever has apologised and donated to CND's charitable trust.

  • 13 May 2014

    “They showed themselves weak in trying to frighten us.” My grandfather's words about the Blackshirts, born out of his experience of the conflict of Cable Street, have stayed in my mind. As a young child, I sensed their import, even though I had little understanding of the context or the meaning. I revisited his words with an adult understanding in the light of two occasions of weak and ugly behaviours from UKIP supporters over the last few days.

  • 13 May 2014

    In an inaugural parliamentary lecture on 9 May to launch Christian Aid Week, Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, highlighted the role of inequality in provoking violence