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  • 14 Jan 2007

    “Don't wait for the last judgment - it takes place every day”, remarked Albert Camus, the existentialist philosopher of life in the face of the absurd. An atheist himself, he also once challengingly declared: “What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians.” You don't get more theological than that.

  • 14 Jan 2007

    The Archbishop of Southern Africa has responded robustly to a recent threat made by some African Anglican heads who say that they will not attend the forthcoming Primates Meeting in Tanzania in February 2007 because of the presence of US Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

  • 14 Jan 2007

    The general secretary of the Church of the Brethren general board, Stanley J. Noffsinger, is among the first US Anabaptist leaders to respond to President Bush's recent speech about the Iraq conflict ‚Ä' with a call to make peace rather than war.

  • 13 Jan 2007

    As Nicaragua welcomes Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega back to power after nearly seventeen years this week, UK-based development agency Christian Aid has called on the new president to use international debt relief for urgently needed anti-poverty programmes.

  • 13 Jan 2007

    Former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton are backing a new centrist organization for US Baptists which they hope will give space for a progressive Christian voice and improve the negative image of Baptists in North America.

  • 13 Jan 2007

    Social movements, progressive Christians and radical politicians across Latin America have welcomed the inauguration this week of Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega as the new president of impoverished Nicaragua.

  • 13 Jan 2007

    Conflict in Somalia is fuelling fears of a new refugee crisis, according to Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), a development agency with considerable experience in the region.

  • 13 Jan 2007

    The former moderator of the World Council of Churches, Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian Apostolic Church, says Lebanese leaders need to sustain the democracy they have and not continue fomenting insecurity that could easily trigger more unrest in Lebanon, reports Ecumenical News International.

  • 12 Jan 2007

    The Student Christian Movement, a long-established organisation on university and college campuses across the UK, has joined calls for a positive, mediatory approach to disagreements between evangelical Christian Unions and Students Unions.

  • 12 Jan 2007

    The head of the leading US ecumenical body, the National Council of Churches USA, has described the call for more troops to be sent to Iraq as "morally unsupportable".

  • 12 Jan 2007

    Peace and security in Iraq will not come from increased levels of US troops and more warring ‚Ä' it will be achieved only by diplomacy, political processes, reconciliation, and reconstruction, says leading Quaker agency the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).

  • 12 Jan 2007

    The Rev Clifton Kirkpatrick, who moderates the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), is urging fast-food giant Burger King to work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to address wages and working conditions in the tomato fields.

  • 12 Jan 2007

    A church charity is urging the Government to grant all disabled children placed away from home unconditional access to an independent advocate.

  • 12 Jan 2007

    Recent US air strikes against militants in Somalia will do little to bring peace and security to the region, says leading UK-based international development agency Christian Aid.

  • 12 Jan 2007

    Two years after the signing of a peace agreement to end a 21-year-long civil war in Sudan, some church leaders in south Sudan are urging eventual secession for their region, saying Khartoum has failed to make unity attractive - writes Fredrick Nzwili for Ecumenical News International.