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  • 8 Sep 2008

    GMTV presenter Lorraine Kelly has said she believes that education for all, rather than schools divided on religious lines, in what Scotland needs to overcome sectarianism and to build lasting community.

  • 8 Sep 2008

    The President and Vice-President of the British Methodist Conference will be attending the three main party political conferences this autumn and will be pushing a message of social justice in the UK and globally.

  • 7 Sep 2008

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Willams has expressed great distress at the extreme violence being used between Hindus and Christians in Orissa, India, following the murder of Hindu leader, Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati, recently.

  • 7 Sep 2008

    Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he will not be bullied into power sharing at any cost and has challenged President Robert Mugabe to hold new elections if he is not prepared to reach a genuine agreement.

  • 6 Sep 2008

    The United Nations is warning that more than half a million people are in need of emergency assistance after storms Fay, Gustav and Hanna battered the island of Haiti. Church and development groups are responding with urgent aid.

  • 6 Sep 2008

    To boost morale and ease the Monday blues, the Church of England offered early morning commuters on 1 September a prayer published in a freesheet morning newspaper read by some 1.5 million who travel by train and underground.

  • 6 Sep 2008

    I have just been reflecting on some of the things that have been said about Simon Barrow and myself, as well as Ekklesia, during the faith schools 'debate' these last few days.

  • 5 Sep 2008

    Leading evangelical Christian celebrity Sir Cliff Richard, who is now aged 67, thinks the church should be supportive of committed gay relationships and says he is sick of intrusive speculation about his own sexuality.

  • 5 Sep 2008

    A pastoral delegation sent by the World Council of Churches to Georgia and Russia in the wake of the bitter conflict there has not been able to get safe passage to visit South Ossetia from the Georgian side of the ceasefire line.

  • 5 Sep 2008

    Black church leaders have joined health experts in welcoming findings from a new opinion poll showing widespread public opposition to adding the DNA of innocent mental health patients to the National Criminal DNA database.

  • 5 Sep 2008

    Religious groups will have their capacity to participate alongside others in regional policy-making in England enhanced thanks to the new Regional Networks Support project, says Faithworks, which has established the initiative.

  • 5 Sep 2008

    The World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation have called on the Prime Minister of India requesting his intervention to end the violence in the state of Orissa. They are also backing Christian prayer and solidarity.

  • 4 Sep 2008

    Those who defend discriminatory practices for faith schools are losing the argument on principle, in terms of community cohesion and on the research evidence about standards, says Andrew Copson. Let's open schooling up for all.

  • 4 Sep 2008

    In a surprise move, a major Anglican newspaper has joined a growing number within the Church of England, who are asking whether it is time to open up, or even 'call time' on church schools.

  • 4 Sep 2008

    US police have staged preemptive armed raids targeting protesters and alternative media around the Republican National Convention - including thousands of people demonstrating about war world poverty throughout the week.