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  • 3 Feb 2010

    The newly announced president of the US Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Linda Hartke, has said she will work to make the United States a more welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.

  • 2 Feb 2010

    Many churches struggle to make their services more inclusive, but we need to be prepared for radical thinking if we truly want to address the problem. We are unlikely to make much progress as long as services appear as performances and we define worship by what happens on a Sunday morning.

  • 2 Feb 2010

    Britain’s Methodist Council has urged Christians to adopt a positive attitude to Facebook, Twitter and the world of blogging. They will produce guidelines to encourage the creative use of social media.

  • 2 Feb 2010

    The new Chair of the Church and Media Network has called on the Church of England to move beyond "defensive self-interest", ahead of a debate at the Church's General Synod next week.

  • 2 Feb 2010

    In a potential breakthrough, a former agent of the arms company BAE Systems has been charged with corruption offences. The news has been welcomed by the Campaign Against Arms Trade, who say that the truth must come out in court.

  • 2 Feb 2010

    Human rights groups across the world have condemned the execution of two men arrested during protests that followed Iran's disputed presidential election in 2009. Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour were hanged last week.

  • 2 Feb 2010

    Democracy campaigners have welcomed the news that MPs will be asked to debate an amendment to the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill to enable a referendum on changing the electoral system.

  • 2 Feb 2010

    Appeals for Haiti launched by the Methodist Church and the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MDRF) have raised more than £270,000. They are channelling funds through Action by Churches Together International on the spot.

  • 2 Feb 2010

    To consider the possibility that whatever we cherish in our own environment, legends and customs, could have a parallel in the hearts of others, is to begin to mix the mortar that may bind us in solidarity, says Jill Segger. It is this solidarity which rests at the heart of a patriotism worthy of the name.

  • 1 Feb 2010

    The Church of England has advised its clergy not to give the British National Party a platform in church buildings, or even meet with representatives of the racist Party.

  • 1 Feb 2010

    A bishop has branded the continued detention of the children of asylum seekers in the UK as "shameful", highlighted a catalogue of harmful affects and called for an end to the practice.

  • 1 Feb 2010

    Lithuania has come out in support of Italy in its efforts to revise a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that recommends State schools throughout Italy to remove crucifixes from classrooms.

  • 1 Feb 2010

    Church groups concerned with housing and poverty are inviting people to share, exchange and re-use what they have to combat the hardships of the economic downturn. The week of action began n Saturday and at church services yesterday.

  • 31 Jan 2010

    Human rights workers are concerned at the number of Romany families across Romania being evicted from their homes against their will as a result of hostility, prejudice and the failure of the authorities to recognise their plight.

  • 31 Jan 2010

    Churches in Wales have been raising funds to provide Welsh language versions of the New Testament and the Psalms in Braille for the benefit of Welsh-speaking people who are otherwise unable to read the Bible in their own language.