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  • 1 Feb 2007

    The organizers of a United Methodist Church petition urging Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Texas not to house the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Museum, and Institute released early results of their petition drive and vowed to continue with their campaign.

  • 1 Feb 2007

    The Church of England's governing body, its General Synod of lay people, clergy and bishops, will be asked to support a resolution recognising both sides in the current global debate on human sexuality when it meets later this month.

  • 1 Feb 2007

    An alliance of sixteen faith community leaders and the chief executive of the British Humanist Association have sent a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair, urging the government to take further decisive action on the “affront and injustice of international debt”.

  • 1 Feb 2007

    German Lutheran Bishop Margot Kaessmann has urged the authorities in her coutry to enter into a dialogue with imprisoned members of the Red Army Faction terrorist group which operated in Germany from the 1970s - reports Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 31 Jan 2007

    A prominent evangelical Christian, the Rev Malcolm Duncan, who heads up the Faithworks movement ‚Ä' which is involved in public service provision ‚Ä' has welcomed the Sexual Orientation Regulations (SORs) that some Catholic and Anglican leaders have described as compromising their consciences.

  • 31 Jan 2007

    Church campaigners have condemned Manchester's victory in super-casino race for 'creating crippling debts and undermining efforts to tackle child poverty in the city.'

  • 31 Jan 2007

    In a statement that will prove extremely controversial, a senior Church of England Bishop has said that Blackpool should have been chosen to host Britain's first Las Vegas-style super-casino.

  • 31 Jan 2007

    In a move that has been welcomed by campaigners, including many Christians, an influential group of British MPs has called on the British government to consider using economic pressure against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinian people.

  • 31 Jan 2007

    Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society (NSS), has claimed that Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the Catholic Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, is making false claims about the impact of the government's refusal to exempt the Church from anti-discrimination legislation.

  • 31 Jan 2007

    A new Canadian television series, 'Little Mosque on the Prairie', has attracted worldwide media attention since its debut on 9 January 2007 - writes Kristine Greenaway for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 31 Jan 2007

    Tony Blair announced on Monday (29th January 2007) that faith-based adoption agencies will not have special exemptions from the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, but that they will have a ‘transition period' of 21 months before the SORs come fully into force at the end of 2008. He also paid tribute to the work of agencies motivated by religious faith, and stated that it was important to ensure that the expertise and services of these groups was not lost.

  • 30 Jan 2007

    The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) has given a broad welcome to Prime Minister Tony Blair's proposal that adoption agencies currently operating under restrictions imposed by Roman Catholic bishops should be given 21 months to find a way of continuing to serve children without discriminating against lesbian and gay couples.

  • 30 Jan 2007

    Eight Zimbabwean church leaders have been released on bail after being detained for allegedly holding an illegal political meeting in a church on the evening of 26 January 2007, said officials siad today.

  • 30 Jan 2007

    Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and the most senior figure in the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has claimed that the government's decision to refuse the Church an opt out from anti-discrimination legislation threatens the voluntary work of all churches.

  • 30 Jan 2007

    Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has warned that an unhealthy obsession with homosexuality means African churches risk ignoring real problems facing the continent ‚Ä' and has added that the mistreatment of lesbian gay people is like apartheid.