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  • 20 Apr 2007

    BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day reflection spot could be opened up to the non-religious as well as the religious, argues one of its Christian contributors. Jonathan Bartley says it can help people to listen to one another better.

  • 20 Apr 2007

    A leading Hindu organisation has suggested that calls for open funeral pyres at British crematoria are primarily cultural rather than religious, but sensitivity to different funeral sensistivities is needed.

  • 20 Apr 2007

    Geneva's International Museum of the Reformation has been awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2007. The president of the council's parliamentary assembly prsented the award earlier this week.

  • 19 Apr 2007

    El Salvador's struggling families will lose out if an alternative fuel project goes ahead, says a Lutheran bishop. The US should not solve its environmental problems on the backs of poor countries, he suggests.

  • 19 Apr 2007

    Campaigners from across the UK will visit all 26 European embassies in London today to protest against free trade deals they say will have a devastating impact on millions of the world's poorest people.

  • 19 Apr 2007

    St George isn't about jingoism, he's a global figure who took on empire and backed persecuted minorities, says a new report from Ekklesia - which wants 23 April to be a public holiday celebrating dissenters.

  • 19 Apr 2007

    Three major Christian denominations have produced an election briefing which urges Christians to vote for the common good and against those promoting racism and xenophobia.

  • 19 Apr 2007

    An arms manufacturer admitted paying a private investigation agency to gather information on activists and groups including Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

  • 19 Apr 2007

    The House of Lords will this morning discuss the position and rights of the non-religious in Britain today, against the backdrop of declining religious attendance but increased government investment in faith initiatives.

  • 18 Apr 2007

    Simon Barrow asks how we can regain and sense of proportion, love and justice in arguments about the Bible and many other things in church and public life.

  • 18 Apr 2007

    Hilary Benn wants to end the nomenclature of a 'war on terror', but he does not seem to have abandoned the 'clash of civilizations' or proposed any real alternative, writes Michael Marten.

  • 18 Apr 2007

    The latest US shooting atrocity, at Virginia Tech University, is another tragic embodiment of American worship of the gun, says Tim Nafziger.

  • 18 Apr 2007

    Christians cannot make sense of their scriptures apart from a listening community, Dr Rowan Williams has said. In a lecture on biblical interpretation he argues that both dogmatic and dismissive approaches are flawed.

  • 18 Apr 2007

    The widespread availability of deadly weapons links the Virginia Tech killings to 'wanton violence' elsewhere in the world, says World Council of Churches chief Samuel Kobia. He wants proper gun controls.

  • 18 Apr 2007

    A leading UK churches' development agency has said that the Paul Wolfowitz saga would best be addressed by a dose of democracy and accountability in the US-dominated World Bank.