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  • 1 Nov 2007

    An English magistrate who says he felt forced to resign because he was unwilling to enact the law on adoption by gay and lesbian couples has lost his appeal over claims that he was subject to anti-Christian discrimination.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    Anglicans in Canada and the United States are pushing ahead with local procedures for blessing lesbian and gay people in the church. The US Episcopal Diocese of California has authorised the use of three trial rites for same-sex unions.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    Christian-Muslim relations and the rights of the minority Christian community are among the likely discussion points when Pope Benedict XVI meets with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah next week - after his controversial UK state visit.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    Religion and culture are abused when they are employed illegitimately to justify the suppression of women and the denial of their equal humanity, human rights lawyer Chrie Booth argued yesterday in a lecture at Chatham House in London.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    The US United Methodist Church's legislative body has upheld a bishop's decision that a pastor who changed gender from female to male remains eligible to serve the church, in a move welcomed by those supporting transgender persons.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, who is head of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the 77 million Anglican Communion, yesterday (31 October 2007) held talks in Jerusalem with Israel's Chief Rabbis.

  • 1 Nov 2007

    The heated row over abortion is continuing after a report by the House of Commons Science and Technology committee said there was no scientific justification for lowering the 24-week limit for terminations. But there are also signs of movement on all sides.

  • 31 Oct 2007

    Several weeks after a brutal crackdown on thousands of democracy protesters across Burma, over a hundred Buddhist monks have taken part in the first public demonstration in northern Burma since the government's wave of repression.

  • 31 Oct 2007

    Leaders from the World Council of Churches and its Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and independent member churches are lobbying the United Nations and member states as part of their concerted advocacy efforts for Africa and other causes.

  • 31 Oct 2007

    Archbishop Celestino Maggiore, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, has said, in a UN debate on development in New York,that global sustainability should be a priority for the nations of the world.

  • 31 Oct 2007

    The UK government has not made a convincing case for extending the time suspected terrorists can be detained without charge, according to the Church of England. The government's paper was published at the end of July 2007.

  • 31 Oct 2007

    Methodism in Britain will focus its attention on Wales next month, as Cardiff hosts the annual Methodist Youth Conference from 16-18 November 2007 in the new Urdd Centre in the Bay area - where BBC TV series Doctor Who is based.

  • 30 Oct 2007

    The United Nations and the World Council of Churches (WCC) have reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate at a meeting between the general secretaries of both organizations held on 29 October 207 at the UN headquarters in New York.

  • 30 Oct 2007

    The World Alliance of Reformed Churches has said that a South African church, suspended from the grouping in 1982, cannot be readmitted because it has not renounced the support for the apartheid ideology that led to its exclusion.

  • 30 Oct 2007

    The Saudi head of state King Abdullah found the Mall in London lined by anti-arms and human rights protesters as he travelled in ceremony to Buckingham Palace today. Critics worldwide are appalled that his regime is being feted by the Queen and Prime Minister.