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  • 7 Nov 2007

    Two senior clergy, the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds and the Chair of the Methodist District will come face to face with the renowned nightlife of Leeds when they spend an evening with police officers and a team of church volunteers on the city centre streets this coming Friday night at the launch of a new initiative.

  • 7 Nov 2007

    A global gathering bringing together representatives of all the world's main Christian traditions - Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, Evangelical, and Pentecostal - has opened in Kenya with leaders saying they want new ways of working together.

  • 7 Nov 2007

    As the political debate around the Queen's speech continues, the Methodist Church in Britain has made a careful response to a range of issues - including climate change, social policy, human rights and bioethics.

  • 7 Nov 2007

    Pope Benedict XVI has met for the first time with a Saudi Arabian monarch, the controversial King Abdullah. A carefully worded communique from the Vatican avoids an mention of the human rights issues that have caused outrage among campaigners.

  • 6 Nov 2007

    Mennonites and Catholics are developing a common statement to the World Council of Churches for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in 2011. The convocation is culmination of the churches' Decade to Overcome Violence (2001 – 2010).

  • 6 Nov 2007

    Ahead of a US Senate vote on the 2007 farm bill, churches across America have delivered local messages calling for access to locally grown food, guarantees farmers' access to conservation programmes, and respect for the environment.

  • 6 Nov 2007

    Mennonites have welcomed the opportunity recently presented to their 1.2 million strong world body to dialogue officially with the Roman Catholic Church on peace and theological concerns, as part of a historic visit to the Vatican.

  • 6 Nov 2007

    Following the controversial state visit of King Abdullah, peace campaigners are going to the Royal Courts of Justice at the end of the week to challenge an official decision to end an investigation into Saudi arms links.

  • 6 Nov 2007

    As fireworks cracked and revellers cheered to mark the anniversary of Guy Fawkes' unsuccessful plot against parliament in 1605, a very different kind of conspiracy was launched on the world from an office near London Bridge last night.

  • 5 Nov 2007

    A unique gathering of high level church leaders starting on Tuesday 6 November 2007 near Nairobi, Kenya, features the broadest range of Christian traditions ever represented at a global meeting, says its organisers.

  • 5 Nov 2007

    Pakistani Christians are expressing concern about the public order situation in their country following President Pervez Musharraf's widely criticised suspension of constitutional government and his declaration of a state of emergency.

  • 5 Nov 2007

    A leading charity is to launch a television advertising campaign this week featuring major celebrities who urge Christmas shoppers to send gifts such as condoms and toilets to the developing world.

  • 5 Nov 2007

    US civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson is to visit British churches in an effort to help them do more to promote racial justice. During his visit next week, Jackson will address the involvement of minority ethnic communities in economic development and the building of a just society.

  • 5 Nov 2007

    Plans being considered by a senior government education adviser may see church and other faith-based schools lose their power to select pupils - something which has led to widespread accusations of discrimination against them.

  • 5 Nov 2007

    Joining a peace event in Colombia, a Mennonite pastor has warned that, in a nation torn by conflict and violence, peace cannot be reached by a greater investment in the military - but through the action of citizens to build alternatives.