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  • 18 Jan 2010

    An arms company and a military garrison are both facing criticism after seeking to present themselves as ethical by signing up to the 10:10 climate change campaign. They have pledged to cut carbon emissions by ten per cent during 2010.

  • 17 Jan 2010

    Mardi Tindal, the Moderator of Canada’s largest Protestant denomination, the United Church of Canada, has issued an open letter this Sunday about climate change and action to combat global warming.

  • 17 Jan 2010

    As Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Day, Reformed Church leaders from North America and the Caribbean were gathering to plan campaigns to overcome racial and economic injustices which persist today.

  • 17 Jan 2010

    Christian Aid has already released £100,000 for immediate emergency relief to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti, and is working with other agencies and the UN to coordinate the distribution of aid on a far wider scale.

  • 16 Jan 2010

    Haiti's capital "looks like a war zone", and one million people are without shelter following the devastating earthquake that shook the Caribbean nation, the ACT Alliance global network of churches and related agencies has warned.

  • 16 Jan 2010

    Pope Benedict XVI has called for the Catholic Church to be given legal recognition in Muslim-majority but politically secular Turkey, which has faced criticism of its treatment of religious minorities as it seeks to become a member of the EU.

  • 16 Jan 2010

    Web and phone donations to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal over the past 24 hours have added £10m to the £2m already raised, the Disasters Emergency Committee coalition announced this morning (16 January 2010).

  • 15 Jan 2010

    Behind the bravado and bold promises of the election contenders in Sri Lanka is the shadow of past violence, say Savi Hensman. Many are in denial about the effects, but unless the grim legacy is at least acknowledged, future unity and stability may be undermined.

  • 15 Jan 2010

    After a really difficult 72 hours, emergency assistance is beginning to get through to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, said the UK Disasters Emergency Committee. Aid distribution has begun but logistics are still very difficult, says the UN.

  • 15 Jan 2010

    The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) announced today (Friday 15 January 2010) that online donations to the Haiti earthquake appeal had hit £2 million in just 36 hours. The sums were raised before the first radio and television appeals.

  • 15 Jan 2010

    Cheap high street fashion retailer Primark has been accused by a leading development NGO of profiting from increased sales amid Britain's icy winter while leaving workers who produce its clothes out in the cold.

  • 15 Jan 2010

    Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has said that Anglican agencies worldwide will give concerted support to urgent relief efforts in Haiti following the huge earthquake there, and has urged people to pray and give in response.

  • 15 Jan 2010

    Governmental and NGO aid coordinators are being frustrated in their efforts to assist victims of the huge Haiti earthquake by the country's lack of workable infrastructure - but say that redoubling the effort and contributions is the only response.

  • 14 Jan 2010

    Today the organised ecumenical movement among Christians, seeking common witness and social justice, is seen by many as a failing, lost or irrelevant cause, says Keith Clements. But in a divided world, the case for a genuine search for unity among the churches in these islands and beyond is stronger than ever and needs radically renewing.

  • 14 Jan 2010

    Modern political discourse often denies the centrality of wealth and poverty to the concerns it addresses, says Simon Barrow. It is in denial. But so are Christians when they fail to see the centrality of wealth and poverty to the biblical narrative and to the Gospel vision.