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  • 20 Jan 2009

    Incoming US President Barack Obama's message to the world will be "together we can", says the law professor who taught him at Harvard as the formal inauguration gets underway in Washington DC.

  • 20 Jan 2009

    The USA's premium cable channel has expressed regret for not broadcasting an invocation by openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson for the televised Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.

  • 20 Jan 2009

    Ten members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are visiting Nicaragua to examine the effects of climate change. They will also study how extreme poverty, hunger and climate change interrelate.

  • 20 Jan 2009

    Poverty, violence and war are among the challenges representatives of member churches of the World Council of Churches in the USA have pointed out to President Barack Obama on the occasion of his inauguration.

  • 20 Jan 2009

    Churches should back concerted efforts to establish secure everyday living for Palestinians and Israelis after the Gaza ceasefire, says the moderator of the Northern Synod of the United Reformed Church.

  • 20 Jan 2009

    Christian Aid is sending emergency funds to its partner organisations in Gaza to help them respond to the humanitarian crisis. The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) plans to distribute emergency food baskets

  • 20 Jan 2009

    As we have tragically seen in Gaza, the thinking of the past has not brought peace to the Middle East or the USA, says Gene Stoltzfus. Something new is needed. The Obama era needs to be built on hopeful prayer and action for justice.

  • 20 Jan 2009

    Sudanese church leaders are debating the wider consequences if the International Criminal Court issues a war crime indictment against President Omar al-Bashir, as many hope will be the case.

  • 20 Jan 2009

    More prayer is needed for Zimbabwe, according to Christian relief agency Tearfund who are supporting local churches to meet the desperate needs of thousands of families in Zimbabwe.

  • 20 Jan 2009

    Church youth groups and schools are being encouraged to test out their green credentials – from how they travel to school to their packed lunch habits – as part of this year’s eco-themed Education Sunday, taking place on Sunday 8th February.

  • 19 Jan 2009

    All crossings into Gaza must be immediately opened to deal with the ‘devastating humanitarian disaster’ following the ceasefire, Christian Aid has said. The need for humanitarian assistance cannot be overstated, said the aid agency.

  • 19 Jan 2009

    Hamas has announced a ceasefire of its rocket attacks on Israel, in a move it said was independent of the Israeli earlier on Sunday. The truce is fragile but there are hopes it can be consolidated.

  • 19 Jan 2009

    Christians from Christian Ecology Link joined a 'flashmob' at London Heathrow over the weekend. Hundreds of campaigners congregated in the Terminal 5 Departures area.

  • 18 Jan 2009

    Reconciliation in the midst of brokenness is the practical theme which thousands of Christians are exploring in the UK and across the world, as the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins.

  • 18 Jan 2009

    A missile and rocket exchange between Hamas militants and Israeli forces has immediately challenged the partial Gaza ceasefire announced unilaterally by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Saturday night.