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.

  • 9 Nov 2007

    The independent charity regulator, the Charity Commission, yesterday launched a dedicated unit to watch over faith-based charities. The moves comes as questions are increasingly asked about the political activities of some religious groups

  • 9 Nov 2007

    Amidst the present-buying and annual spending spree of the Christmas period, Christians are being urged to reaffirm their commitment to the message of 'living simply'.

  • 9 Nov 2007

    The National Council of Churches USA and the development agency Church World Service, holding their annual meeting, have urged the US House of Representatives to officially recognize the slaughter of Armenians in 1915 as a genocide.

  • 9 Nov 2007

    Despite intense lobbying from the religious right in the USA, the Democratic-led House of Representatives has defied a White House veto threat by voting to outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

  • 9 Nov 2007

    A senior Vatican official has said the Roman Catholic Church welcomes a new Global Christian Forum which has been hailed as the most representative gathering of Christians from many diverse traditions ever held. It is taking place in Kenya.

  • 8 Nov 2007

    The Roman Catholic bishop of Portsmouth is backing a campaign to legalise brothels. The Right Reverend Crispian Hollis says he does not condone prostitution but supports the controversial campaign launched by Hampshire Women's Institute.

  • 8 Nov 2007

    Vatican Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has sent his greetings and best wishes to the Hindu community ahead of the feast of Diwali.

  • 8 Nov 2007

    Prospective US Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has been urged to reconsider his acceptance of the endorsement of a controversial televangelist known for scathing attacks on Muslims and Islam.

  • 8 Nov 2007

    CURE International, a US-based Christian medical charity which operates teaching hospitals throughout the developing world, yesterday announced plans to open a $16.5 million state-of-the-art medical training centre and hospital in Bethlehem, Palestine.

  • 8 Nov 2007

    Christian homelessness charity Housing Justice has joined with Scottish Churches Housing Action, Church Action on Poverty and the Church Urban Fund to launch an investigation into the experience of poverty, homelessness and bad housing across Britain.

  • 8 Nov 2007

    As medical science continues to explore the wonder of the human body, we must ensure that our theological thinking keeps pace, says Kevin Boyd. Fleshly existence is deeply bound up with religious formation, not least in incarnational Christianity.

  • 8 Nov 2007

    A prominent US Pentecostal leader has hailed a world gathering that has been described as bringing together the broadest range of Christian traditions ever assembled at a global meeting, saying that it is "a new Pentecost".

  • 8 Nov 2007

    A member of a leading workers' rights organisation in Brazil, partnered by Christian Aid and other aid agencies, has been shot dead at point-blank range after fighting broke out during the occupation of a genetically modified crops testing site.

  • 8 Nov 2007

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has told a newspaper he thinks the British government should raise the age of criminal responsibility, acknowledging that very young people involved in crime still need to be recognised as children.

  • 8 Nov 2007

    The Vatican has sent a message urging cooperation between Christians and Hindus in anticipation of their celebration of Diwali on 9 November. Shared by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs across the world as the 'Festival of Light,' Diwali marks the triumph of life over death.