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  • 29 Apr 2009

    Two leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are calling on Americans, and Christians in particular, to “welcome the stranger,” making a strong case for progressive immigration reform in a new book called 'They Are Us'.

  • 29 Apr 2009

    Health promoters, community and church workers in Mexico are asking why people in their country are dying from swine flu, while wealthy countries panic and the virus spreads around the world. The answer, they say, is that the poor are always the first victims.

  • 29 Apr 2009

    Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has flown to the Solomon Islands to launch a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, modelled on the body he chaired in South Africa to tackle crimes and injustices under the former the apartheid regime.

  • 29 Apr 2009

    Amnesty International has welcomed news that Marnie Pearce, a British woman jailed in Dubai for adultery, has been released. But it says that the decision to deny her custody of her children must be reversed.

  • 29 Apr 2009

    A row is simmering between the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in western Kenya and Muslims in the country over reported attempts to convert to Christianity Sarah Obama, the grandmother of US President Barack Obama

  • 28 Apr 2009

    The director of the Churches Media Council (CMC) has said that whether the new head of Religion and Ethics is ‘a Muslim or a Methodist, a Hindu or a Humanist’ is irrelevant - as long as they believe something with a passion.

  • 28 Apr 2009

    Andrew Graystone says that the new Head of Religion could be a Muslim or a Methodist, a Hindu or a Humanist - as long as they believe something and believe it with a passion.

  • 28 Apr 2009

    A church-based coalition is to be launched today in Blackburn to encourage faith-based aid projects for refugees and asylum seekers. The Sanctuary Project will draw together a range of support for some 1,200 people in the first instance.

  • 28 Apr 2009

    As the recession continues to dig in its heels, the Methodist Church is pioneering ways to bridge the gap between work and place of worship.

  • 28 Apr 2009

    Baptist Christians will be heading to Bournemouth this Friday to celebrate 400 years in Europe. tThe first ever Baptist congregation in the world was founded in Amsterdam in 1609.

  • 28 Apr 2009

    The biggest gains due to change in religious affiliation in the US have been among those who say they are not affiliated with any particular faith, according to a new study.

  • 27 Apr 2009

    The debate about faith schools is often polarised into a simple pro- and anti- issues, says Rabbi Jonathan Romain. The Accord Coalition is seeking to break fresh ground on practical reform and unite people across the supposed religious-secular divide.

  • 27 Apr 2009

    Sri Lankan troops will not use heavy weapons or air strikes iagainst Tamil rebels in the north-east, the government in Colombo has said. But it has dismissed an LTTE ceasefire and civilian casualties continue to rise alarmingly.

  • 27 Apr 2009

    Trying to deny the Armenian genocide harms us all and stunts the possibility of true justice and true peace, says Harry Hagopian. We must face up to its human, historical and political reality, no matter how painful.

  • 27 Apr 2009

    The grim situation in Sri Lanka shows the hazards of extreme ethnic nationalism, says Savi Hensman. In today’s world, many people – whether they regard themselves as atheists, agnostics or religious believers – in reality put their ‘nation’ first, often symbolised by a flag.