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  • 9 Jan 2007

    Almost all the churches in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka shunned Christmas celebrations due to a refugee crisis in their war-stricken region ‚Ä' writes Anto Akkara of ENI.

  • 9 Jan 2007

    The leaders of Northern Ireland's four major churches have called for an end to sectarianism and prejudice in a joint New Year message. The move represents an increasing willingness among Protestant and Catholic leaders to speak together in the face of division.

  • 9 Jan 2007

    The General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the Rev Dr Ishmael Noko, will lead an interfaith delegation to North and South Sudan from 9 to 13 January 2007 ‚Ä' reports LWI.

  • 9 Jan 2007

    Theo Hobson argues for a faith that welcomes freedom from religion

  • 9 Jan 2007

    The National Council of Churches USA (NCCUSA) and 20 faith organizations have joined forces as part of 100 national civil rights, education, and disability advocacy groups calling for major changes in the "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) law - which enacts the theories of ‘standards-based education reform', based on the belief that high expectations and setting of goals will result in success for all students.

  • 9 Jan 2007

    The annual World Peace Day message is due to be celebrated by a record number of Catholic parishes in England and Wales this Sunday, 14 January 2007, reports Pax Christi, the international Catholic movement for peace.

  • 9 Jan 2007

    Ahead of a rally in opposition to the Sexual Orientation Regulations (SORs) outside parliament tonight (9 January 2007), which protestors predict will attract several thousand participants, supporters of the equalities legislation ‚Ä' from civil rights, religious and secular groups ‚Ä' say that the regulations are being widely misrepresented.

  • 8 Jan 2007

    Reasoning with the mystery of incarnation

  • 8 Jan 2007

    How Jesus turns monarchy on its head

  • 8 Jan 2007

    Anabaptist churches, heirs to what is often called 'the radical Reformation', are working in support and solidarity with communities still recovering from hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the southern United States.

  • 8 Jan 2007

    A company based in the north of England is continuing to help save the lives of poor people in some 50 countries across the globe ‚Ä' by partnering with Christian Aid, the UK development agency, and by encouraging offices and public buildings to buy and use water coolers which donate a percentage of costs to water projects in the developing world.

  • 8 Jan 2007

    Bread for the World, a national Christian anti-hunger network, plans to distribute thousands of educational kits to churches around the USA urging churchgoers to lobby members of Congress to change federal agricultural and nutrition programmes in favour of the world's ‚Ä' and the country's ‚Ä' poor.

  • 8 Jan 2007

    Catholic Bishop Peter Moran of Aberdeen is the latest church leader to appeal to Scotland’s Christians to write to their MPs in opposition to the planned renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. Christian leaders across Britain are also calling for concerted debate and action.

  • 8 Jan 2007

    Evangelical students at Exeter University have rejected an offer of mediation and have chosen to take legal action against their Student Guild and University.

  • 8 Jan 2007

    Human rights, religious and civic political activists are stepping up the global campaign for the abolition of the death penalty, in the wake of overwhelming worldwide criticism of the manner and impact of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's execution.