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  • 25 Dec 2007

    Whether we love or hate Christmas, we know all about it. But the same may not be true of the coming of Jesus, says Simon Barrow. In Christ, God radically disrupts religious 'business as usual'.

  • 25 Dec 2007

    As church leaders throughout Britain put the final flourishes on their Christmas messages this morning, a Welsh Christian figurehead is focussing on the practical side of the gospel message of hope - respect for creation through recycling.

  • 25 Dec 2007

    Not far from the US capital, where political debate rages over immigration, Floris United Methodist Church has invited hard-pressed day labourers in from the cold for a Christmas party.

  • 24 Dec 2007

    Christmas and Chanukah, says Rabbi Michael Lerner, share a spiritual message - that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair.

  • 24 Dec 2007

    The decision by Tony Blair, joint architect of the invasion of Iraq, to be received into the Roman Catholic Church has excited comment across the world in the run up to Christmas, which focuses on the birth of Christ, the prince of peace.

  • 24 Dec 2007

    The Anglican bishop of London says in a Christmas letter that the return of religious issues to centre stage in the public sphere is welcome, but he claims it has provoked a dangerous reaction from what he calls "secular fundamentalists".

  • 24 Dec 2007

    A new Scottish carol tells how a huge barrier constructed by Israel in Palestinian territory divides races and religions, stopping ordinary people getting to the place where the founder of Christianity was born 2000 years ago.

  • 24 Dec 2007

    Japanese Christian groups are concerned about poverty among young adults in a country that once had an image of lifetime employment and a strong middle class base.

  • 18 Dec 2007

    Some church leaders caught up in the sexuality row not only refuse to consider scholarship which does not conform to their own perspective but also demand the right to prohibit others from acting on the fruits of study, says Savi Hensman. Anglicans need to be learners not warriors.

  • 18 Dec 2007

    The time is fast approaching for the UK and its European partners to name and shame the United States for its blatant attempts to derail any meaningful international agreement on climate change, says the agency Christian Aid.

  • 18 Dec 2007

    Churches and society at large need to offer reparation to descendants of those enslaved, tortured and murdered by the transatlantic slave trade, says an international conference sponsored by three major ecumenical organizations.

  • 18 Dec 2007

    As international calls for justice for Bethlehem mount again at Christmastide, Australian church leaders returned from a visit to their region have added their voices to those supporting the beleagured city of Jesus' birth.

  • 17 Dec 2007

    Churches have welcomed the final political consensus reached at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia but are urging national governments to show greater leadership to save the planet from the destructive force of global warming.

  • 16 Dec 2007

    “A road map missing a vital signpost”, was how aid agency Tearfund described the global deal on climate change struck at the UN conference in Bali on Saturday, with the US being accused of 'stalling tactics'.

  • 13 Dec 2007

    An ecumenical Christian commemoration of the millions of Africans who died in the barbaric cruelty of the transatlantic slave trade is also highlighting the continuing oppression of their descendants around the world.