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  • 30 Jun 2008

    Women in the Orthodox Church have reached significant milestones regarding their participation in church life, but many of their concerns have not yet been fully addressed, an international gathering of Orthodox women has stated.

  • 30 Jun 2008

    There will be no mass exodus of male clergy and no schism over women bishops, MPs, clergy and lay members of the Church of England will say at a press conference today in Westminster

  • 29 Jun 2008

    Robert Mugabe waved a Bible and made an oath of allegiance before God to Zimbabwe as he was sworn in as president following an election widely dismissed as meaningless. But anti-apartheid hero Archbishop Tutu says he must go.

  • 29 Jun 2008

    As the summer holiday season draws near for many, the Vatican has issued a set of guidelines offering advice on how to make vacations more environmentally responsible and friendly.

  • 27 Jun 2008

    But new research from the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia suggests that those who want to keep the church defined by very narrow parameters are straying from well established Christian tradition.

  • 27 Jun 2008

    One World Week (OWW), the development education charity, is broadening the scope of its traditional development education work with church communities to other faiths with a new three-year DfID-funded project

  • 27 Jun 2008

    In a campaign comment ahead of today's election in Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe has condemned Archbishop Rowan Williams as lacking a "moral compass" and said that gays in the church are a sign of "moral degeneracy".

  • 27 Jun 2008

    Much religion is dripping in sacrificial language, says Keith Walton. The appeasement of the gods is a common theme in many traditions. But in the biblical tradition, love that does justice becomes the core of a new perspective, based on a different understanding of who God is.

  • 27 Jun 2008

    Employers are being urged to provide prayer rooms and quiet space to meet the needs of employees and promote diversity in the workplace in a guide launched yesterday in the City.

  • 27 Jun 2008

    The Chinese government has given permission for special distribution of booklets of the Gospels, copies of the New Testament and full Bibles during the Olympic Games, but other concerns about freedom of speech and expression remain.

  • 27 Jun 2008

    The British Humanist Association (BHA) has welcomed the moves towards greater equality set out in the government’s Equality Bill White Paper - and has called for more action against discrimination by religious groups.

  • 27 Jun 2008

    Challenges facing Christians today are too strong for a divided church, said World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia in Egypt recently, as he called for church unity both locally and globally.

  • 26 Jun 2008

    Please, no more towels or toasters! Ever looked at a wedding gift list and wished there was something more interesting to buy the happy couple? Look no further than the new ethical Wedding Gift List from Present Aid and give the gift of a better life for thousands of people in developing countries.

  • 26 Jun 2008

    Atheists are often criticising the ethics of religious belief, says Giles Fraser. But do they base their own moral practice too much on what they are against?

  • 26 Jun 2008

    Have many American Christians forgotten the distinction between discipleship and partisanship, asks Martin E. marty, looking at some authors who unpack the complex relationship between Christian faith and political reality.