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.

  • 18 Jan 2009

    A missile and rocket exchange between Hamas militants and Israeli forces has immediately challenged the partial Gaza ceasefire announced unilaterally by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Saturday night.

  • 18 Jan 2009

    The Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church are leading the way in responding to an Africa Day of Prayer in which the suffering people of Zimbabwe will be held in the thoughts and intentions of participants.

  • 18 Jan 2009

    Amid the the violence, tragedy and politics of Gaza, there are deep forces of destruction at work, says Gene Stoltzfus. But there may also be sparks of hope which require prayerful discernment out of which a different quality of action can come.

  • 18 Jan 2009

    Following a huge barrage the night before, Israel yesterday announced that it is to halt the main part of its three-week military offensive in the Gaza Strip, but without bilateral agreement or withdrawal.

  • 17 Jan 2009

    While institutional religion is in decline in Britain, the diversification of belief and the massive global impact of faith means it is an appropriate subject for thoughtful TV programming, says an insider.

  • 17 Jan 2009

    Following reports that the headquarters of the UN aid agency in Gaza have been hit by white phosphorous fired by Israeli forces, the UK government is being asked to push for an explanation.

  • 17 Jan 2009

    The UN Relief and Works Agency says Israel's shelling of a UN compound in Gaza yesterday should be investigated as a war crime. Israel carried out 50 air strikes as its cabinet prepared to vote on a ceasefire.

  • 17 Jan 2009

    A group of 60 Muslim, Jewish, and Christian leaders in Boston, USA, have issued a joint statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, asserting their common humanity and recognising the intense pain of the conflict.

  • 17 Jan 2009

    300 members and supporters of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel set out to accompany an emergency delivery of medical supplies to Gaza on Friday. But there buses were turned back by Israeli personnel.

  • 16 Jan 2009

    A Christian bus driver from Southampton, Hampshire, has objected to driving a bus with a slogan proclaiming ‘There’s probably no God – now stop worrying and enjoy your life’.

  • 16 Jan 2009

    Twenty-two prominent British Muslims have signed a joint letter denouncing anti-semitic attacks and calling for continued vigilance against anti-Jewish attacks, and have circulated it to mosques across the country.

  • 16 Jan 2009

    A group of retired generals have come out against replacement of Britain's Trident nuclear system, backing calls from churches and others for the weapons of mass destruction to be scrapped.

  • 16 Jan 2009

    An urgent Welsh appeal for money for frontline medical services in Gaza, launched by the Anglican Archbishop in Wales, has started to attract widespread public support as the tragic conflict continues.

  • 16 Jan 2009

    Civic and religious leaders are concerned about a recent rise in anti-Jewish attacks and incidents in Britain, linked to the exploitation by racists of feelings about the current hostilities in Gaza.

  • 16 Jan 2009

    Members of Parliament are being urged to give their support to an Early Day Motion tabled in the House of Commons to make Charles Darwin’s birthday – 12th February – an annual public holiday.