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  • 3 Feb 2007

    The large numbers of Christians who will be joining the anti-Trident nuclear weapons demonstration in London on 24 February 2007 are being invited to an ecumenical service beforehand. Hinde Street Methodist Church - just north of the famous Oxford Street shopping centre - will host the gathering for worship at 10.30 AM.

  • 2 Feb 2007

    The World Council of Churches (WCC) programme on climate change and water has welcomed a high-profile report released today by the United Nations climate panel. The WCC brings together mainline Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and indigenous churches across the world, working closely with Roman Catholics and in exchange with Evangelicals and Pentecostals.

  • 2 Feb 2007

    The leader of a large Reformed denomination in South Africa says a crime wave gripping the country is a moral issue that cannot be solved only by having more police officers and state-of-the-art forensic equipment - writes David Wanless from Cape Town for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 2 Feb 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has criticized society's over-reliance on prisons ‚Ä' and is calling for a commission of enquiry into the penal justice system in the UK, which he says is failing both offenders and victims because it is not restorative.

  • 2 Feb 2007

    Four Muslim organizations in Germany have called off a meeting with Protestant leaders planned for February 2007, saying there is a need for "considerable explanation" about recently-published church guidelines urging greater clarity in Christian-Muslim relations reports Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 2 Feb 2007

    A Christian peace activist will be released today from what has been labelled one of the worst prisons in the country.

  • 2 Feb 2007

    Oxford theologian Professor Alister McGrath, whose book ‘The Dawkins Delusion?' is published by SPCK on 15 February 2007, has previewed his latest arguments against the well-known author of best-seller ‘The God Delusion' in a two-part interview with The Salvation Army's weekly newspaper, starting tomorrow (3 February 2007).

  • 1 Feb 2007

    The announcement that there will be no opt-out for Catholic adoption agencies from the Sexual Orientation Regulations, has been interpreted as posing a threat to the involvement of churches in public life.

  • 1 Feb 2007

    The automatic presence of 26 Church of England bishops in the unelected second chamber of parliament has been raised again, in light of the UK government's deliberations about House of Lords reform.

  • 1 Feb 2007

    Mennonite World Conference (MWC) is sending a delegation to Zimbabwe later this year to build closer relations with its members there who, like other church and civil society groups, are enduring harsh circumstances in the crisis-ridden country.

  • 1 Feb 2007

    Catholic leaders in England, Wales and Scotland are being encouraged not to resist the Sexual Orientation Regulations (SORs) with which their adoption agencies will be required to comply from April 2007. Instead they are being urged to follow an “inspirational” example from the United States.

  • 1 Feb 2007

    The organizers of a United Methodist Church petition urging Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Texas not to house the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Museum, and Institute released early results of their petition drive and vowed to continue with their campaign.

  • 1 Feb 2007

    The Church of England's governing body, its General Synod of lay people, clergy and bishops, will be asked to support a resolution recognising both sides in the current global debate on human sexuality when it meets later this month.

  • 1 Feb 2007

    An alliance of sixteen faith community leaders and the chief executive of the British Humanist Association have sent a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair, urging the government to take further decisive action on the “affront and injustice of international debt”.

  • 1 Feb 2007

    German Lutheran Bishop Margot Kaessmann has urged the authorities in her coutry to enter into a dialogue with imprisoned members of the Red Army Faction terrorist group which operated in Germany from the 1970s - reports Ecumenical News International (ENI).