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  • 28 Jul 2009

    A Christian Aid team of 50 cyclists is taking to the road and riding 140 miles from London to Copenhagen later this year to highlight the start of the UN climate change summit.

  • 28 Jul 2009

    Britain's Quakers formally began their discussions on same-sex partnerships at their Yearly Meeting yesterday. They are considering whether to carry out commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples on the same basis as heterosexual weddings.

  • 27 Jul 2009

    An event to explore the role of civil society groups in creating spaces for dissenting voices, both in the UK and globally, will take place in a major London church tomorrow.

  • 27 Jul 2009

    Half a million Catholics have joined street protests over attempts to stop a parish holding services in the grounds of a church bombed in the Vietnam war and confiscated by the government.

  • 26 Jul 2009

    Real Change: The Open Politics Network is shortly to be involved in a series of small ‘hearings’ (focus-group like meetings) across the UK to find out what concerned citizens in Britain think about the renewal of politics and the democratic process.

  • 26 Jul 2009

    Some 200 people from an informal settlement in the Harare suburb of Gunhill in Zimbabwe face being forcibly evicted without being given adequate notice or any due process.

  • 26 Jul 2009

    Keen to combat the overall decline both in church weddings and its own cultural influence as an institution, the Church of England is re-emphasising its more relaxed wedding guidelines.

  • 25 Jul 2009

    What role does Anabaptism have to play in renewing Christianity in the new century? How do we appropriately take our past into the future?

  • 25 Jul 2009

    The war in Sri Lanka is over, say the headlines. Savitri Hensman, a native of the troubled land who now lives in Britain, offers a more complex account of the continuing struggle for peace with justice.

  • 25 Jul 2009

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed deep concern about the plight of British service personnel in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, as opposition to armed intervention continues.

  • 25 Jul 2009

    Thousands of activists worldwide will participate in a Global Day of Action on 25 July, to demonstrate international solidarity with those whose human rights are being abused in Iran.

  • 24 Jul 2009

    Seven Methodist Church leaders in Fiji have been arrested and questioned by the country's military government. The regime is reported to fear political discussions at the Methodists' forthcoming annual conference.

  • 24 Jul 2009

    Claims about the economic benefits of the arms industry have been grossly exaggerated, according to evidence highlighted by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT). They are challenging the argument that the industry is good for British jobs.

  • 24 Jul 2009

    A Methodist minister will be offering visitors to Trafalgar Square a touch of midweek spirituality as he leads a worship service from the fourth plinth, alongside Nelson’s Column and the imposing facade of the National Gallery.

  • 24 Jul 2009

    Around 1,600 Quakers will gather in York tomorrow for their week-long annual conference. The event is likely to be dominated by a decision on whether to carry out same-sex commitment ceremonies on the same basis as heterosexual weddings.