News Briefing and Comment

Ekklesia runs a syndicated news and events listings service for churches, journalists, organisations and charities. Hundreds of churches and organisations now carry Ekklesia's news on their web sites. You can get Ekklesia's news on your web site in seconds, or by signing up for our daily email bulletin.

  • 13 Feb 2007

    International development agency Christian Aid is launching a new campaign and fundraising initiative for March 2007 ‚Ä' designed especially for five to 16 year olds, and concerned to help ‚Äúflush out‚Äù poverty. Almost literally.

  • 12 Feb 2007

    During his childhood in East Africa, the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, now general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), recalls that he used to see from his home the snow-topped peaks of Mount Kenya in the distance - writes Fredrick Nzwili for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 12 Feb 2007

    A report launched yesterday by the thinktank 'Theos', which argues for the retention of Bishops in a reformed House of Lords, has been criticised by humanists and Christians as failing to address issues of ethics, justice and equality.

  • 12 Feb 2007

    Both the Vatican and the UK government have declared themselves pleased with the private audience that UK Chancellor Gordon Brown enjoyed with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome last week.

  • 12 Feb 2007

    A region-concern alliance of major Christian denominations in the USA, Churches for Middle East Peace, has appealed to United States assistant secretary of state David Welch to seek a halt to Israeli excavations near the Temple Mount (Haram al- Sharif) in the Old City of Jerusalem - a major Islamic and Jewish holy site.

  • 11 Feb 2007

    Students from across the UK will gather together this coming weekend at the Student Christian Movement's annual conference to explore the theme of Reading the Bible - against a backdrop where there is increasing public concern aout the way religious texts are often abused by extreme and fundamentalist movements.

  • 11 Feb 2007

    Churches in Australia are at the centre of controversy for erecting signs declaring that "Jesus Loves Osama".

  • 11 Feb 2007

    Philippine churches, buoyed by a yearly celebration of a National Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, are uniting to help ensure clean and honest elections in May - writes Maurice Malanes from Baguio City, Philippines, for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 10 Feb 2007

    UK chancellor Gordon Brown and other finance ministers at the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations meeting which opened tyesterday in Essen, Germany, must fulfill their two-year-old promise to stop international financial institutions imposing damaging economic policies on developing countries, according to Christian Aid and other church-related development NGOs.

  • 10 Feb 2007

    A study released by the Geneva-based World Health Organization has noted the key role of faith-based organizations in HIV prevention and care, but says greater collaboration is needed between them and public health agencies - writes Peter Kenny from Geneva for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 9 Feb 2007
  • 9 Feb 2007

    Talks between the Palestinian factions of Hamas and Fatah have forged an agreement to create a Palestinian unity government, following extensive diplomatic and political efforts.

  • 9 Feb 2007

    Against the backdrop of a country still transitioning from civil war to an elected presidential system of rule, Christians representing two of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Mennonite conferences, Communaut?© Evang?©lique Mennonite (CEM) and Communaut?© Mennonite au Congo (CMCO), have welcomed delegates from Mennonite Church USA in a relationships building exercise.

  • 9 Feb 2007

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's internal and external security depends upon two things - its traditional religions and its nuclear forces - writes Sophia Kishkovsky from Moscow for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 9 Feb 2007

    UK-based international development and advocacy agency Christian Aid is backing British international development secretary Hilary Benn's criticism of the new Chinese loans policy to Africa.