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  • 6 Oct 2007

    Contrary to the popular media image, many evangelicals are not anti-gay, says a UK campaigning network which draws hundreds of evangelical Christians and their friends together. This week they are backing the launch of a church education initiative on Jesus and prejudice.

  • 6 Oct 2007

    A coalition of church-based aid and development agencies is backing a creative range of self-help initiatives in the former Soviet Central Asian republics, such as Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, which are often overlooked in the worldwide media.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    Visitors to the 'Grand Designs Live' show at the NEC, Birmingham (5-7 October 2007) are visiting the ultimate Green Garden and learning how to transform their own gardens stylishly while helping to tackle climate change, says Christian Aid.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    An international ecumenical team representing the World Council of Churches has left the USA encouraged by the signs of hope and commitment after meeting with American Christians struggling with issues of gun control, war and a culture of violence.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    Pope Benedict has used the occasion of the official receipt of the credentials for the new Italian ambassador to the Holy See to issue a defence of the alliance of church and state, an arrangement facing increasing criticism in a plural, post-Christendom Europe.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is the latest body to condemn attempts to propagate the teaching of creationism in school science lessons, following guidelines on the subject issued recently by the British government.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    Christian Peacemaker Teams UK, the London Catholic Worker, the Oxford Catholic Worker and Voices UK are organising a peace walk through London on Sunday 7 October 2007 to mark the sixth anniversary of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    Police in Pakistan say that the suspected killer of a Salvation Army worker, who held an administrative position in the group's Lahore office, had been arrested but had escaped from custody over the past weekend. Embezzlement is suspected.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    A joint report from the Anglican Consultative Council and the Primates of the Anglican Communion has found that the Episcopal Church has "clarified all outstanding questions" relating to its response to the requests of the Windsor Report on the sexuality row.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    A leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia says a move by a human rights group to bring former president Sam Nujoma before the International Criminal Court in The Hague might result in public violence or even civil war.

  • 5 Oct 2007

    An appeal to supermarket bosses backed by churches and parents appears to could lead to a significant shift in the way Halloween is marketed in the UK - with an emphasis on giving more than tricking for treats.

  • 4 Oct 2007
  • 4 Oct 2007

    The internet has played a major role in galvanising solidarity on behalf of the repressed democracy movement in Burma. Now bloggers in the UK and elsewhere are joining in on the action.

  • 4 Oct 2007

    The Rev Dr Michael Kinnamon, known for his work on issues of justice and peace, has been nominated as the next General Secretary of the National Council of Churches (USA).

  • 4 Oct 2007

    Gayy Christians in the UK have criticised primarily white conservative Christians for pressurising African Anglican leaders, and have said that the US Episcopal Church's compromise in saying it will not ordain gay people or bless partnerships at the moment will backfire.