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  • 12 Nov 2008

    A delegation of church leaders from Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo has set out to meet the presidents of the latter two countries in order to convey them a strong message in favour of peace.

  • 11 Nov 2008

    Today is Remembrance Day. But what is ‘remembering’ in human and Christian terms, asks Simon Barrow? How can we probe beneath the emotion and ceremony in order to discover (and practice) something life-affirming as we recall the tragedy of war?

  • 11 Nov 2008

    To achieve reconciliation takes nothing less than the transformation of society, World Council of Churches general secretary the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia said in Managua, Nicaragua, on a recent visit to the Central American country.

  • 11 Nov 2008

    An inaugural Roman Catholic-Muslim Forum has affirmed the right of individuals and communities to practise their religion in private and in public, while also rejecting terrorism in the name of religion.

  • 11 Nov 2008

    Over the last few days churches up and down the country have made a political statement which will be widely covered across print and broadcast media. But it is likely to pass without so much as a murmur of criticism.

  • 10 Nov 2008

    The British Methodist Church has welcomed calls from MPs to set minimum prices on alcoholic drinks. A report from the Home Affairs Select Committee ‘Policing in the 21st Century’ published today, highlighted the serious problems of alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.

  • 10 Nov 2008

    A programme which examines the bravery and the Christian faith of conscientious objectors, will be screened tonight on Channel 4. It is the latest episode in the series Not Forgotten, presented by Ian Hislop, which looks at the stories behind the names on First World War memorials.

  • 10 Nov 2008

    Anti-poverty and environmental groups today pressed Gordon Brown to end his love affair with big business. In a visual demonstration campaigners posed as a fat cat in bed with the British prime minister outside the Bank of England.

  • 10 Nov 2008

    Christian leaders in Syria say the victor of the 2008 US presidential election will have to focus on renewing peace efforts in the Middle East, with the priority being settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian standoff.

  • 10 Nov 2008

    For black people, the expectations, responsibilities and possibilities symbolised by Barack Obama is is almost more than the heart can bear, says Alive Walker. The president elect should cherish personal happiness and find new political ways of handling enemies, she suggests.

  • 10 Nov 2008

    Around 150 16 to 23-year-old Methodists will celebrate the launch of a bold new £4 million Youth Participation Strategy (YPS) at their conference in Kings Park, Northampton.

  • 10 Nov 2008

    The government unit responsible for promoting British exports, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), is facing calls for an end to its role in the arms trade, as activists launch a new campaign to keep up pressure on the suthorities.

  • 7 Nov 2008

    Representatives of the Atomic Weapons Establishment near Aldermaston in East Berkshire have met calls for their resignation after they visited the University of Birmingham to recruit students into the development and manufacture of weapons of mass destruction.

  • 7 Nov 2008

    This Sunday 9 November, churches up and down the country will make a political statement which will be widely covered across print and broadcast media, says Jonathan Bartley. But it is likely to pass without so much as a murmur of criticism.

  • 7 Nov 2008

    The first of four major conferences looking into issues regarding equality, human rights and ‘religion or belief’ will take place in London on Monday 10 November, involving a range of senior figures in the field.