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  • 18 Nov 2014

    The Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red installation is gone from the Tower of London. The disputes over white poppies and the British Legion's misuse of Eric Bogle's 'Green Fields of France' have died away. But in this centenary year of the start of the first World War, there is much remembering – both honest and contrived – still to be done.

  • 18 Nov 2014

    Christian Aid, in partnership with the UN Development Programme, will distribute essential household items to Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone this week.

  • 18 Nov 2014

    A public roundtable discussion of 'Scotland: Our Visions and Divisions', chaired by Allan Little (BBC), will take place on Wednesday 19th November, 6:00pm – 7:15pm in the Martin Hall, New College, the University of Edinburgh, EH1 2LX (followed by a reception in the Rainy Hall).

  • 18 Nov 2014

    The Church of England has taken the final step in allowing women as well as men to be chosen as bishops (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/21059). General synod members, meeting in London, voted by a show of hands that “A man or a woman may be consecrated to the office of bishop.”

  • 18 Nov 2014

    Oxford Diocesan Synod has passed a resolution urging the Church of England’s National Investing Bodies to disinvest from fossil fuel companies.

  • 18 Nov 2014

    The EXPOSED campaign has welcomed G20 action to address key aspects of corruption,unethical tax evasion and financial secrecy.

  • 18 Nov 2014

    Operation Noah’s Bright Now campaign is calling for UK Churches to disinvest from fossil fuels.

  • 17 Nov 2014

    The Church of England General Synod has agreed to promulge and action the Canon enabling women to be bishops in the Church of of England.

  • 17 Nov 2014

    There are now just under two weeks to go for entrants for the first Jan Fairley Award, sponsored by the the National Union of Journalists and supported by The Scotsman newspaper. The deadline is midnight on Sunday 30th November 2014.

  • 17 Nov 2014

    Experiences of young people facing unaffordable housing costs, insecure tenure and exploitation by private landlords was a topic at the TUC’s Big Youth Debate.

  • 16 Nov 2014

    On 10-11 April 2015, Christians will gather in Waterloo for Open Church, a conference on ‘The church, sexuality, mission and the future’. It will be held against a background of increasing debate in evangelical circles on sexual ethics.

  • 15 Nov 2014

    The belief that violence “saves” is so successful because it doesn’t seem to be mythic in the least. Violence simply appears to be the nature of things. It’s what works. It seems inevitable, the last and, often, the first resort in conflicts, says the late Professor Walter Wink. If a god is what you turn to when all else fails, violence certainly functions as a god. What people overlook, then, is the religious character of violence. It demands from its devotees an absolute obedience-unto-death. It requires a theological critique.

  • 14 Nov 2014

    Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams will give the keynote speech at the Centenary Conference of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FoR).

  • 14 Nov 2014

    Is the Jerusalem that we all claim to love not bigger than ego-politics, self-interest or self-aggrandisement, asks Ekklesia associate and regional expert Dr Harry Hagopian, surveying the fate of the city. We are all held hostage to ego-politics that negate win-win solutions. Yet, such win-win solutions alone can resolve this conflict. Walls or fences cannot protect a whole people. Nor can military might, religious radicalism and extremism. What is critical is the elusive good will that facilitates peace.

  • 14 Nov 2014

    Growing older is often seen as time for sadness or regret. Two churches have published a new resource urging Christians to celebrate the 'second half of life'.