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  • 17 Jan 2007

    The general secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), the Rev Dr Mvume Dandala, has used the occasion of a major theological conference to call for practical steps towards reconciliation and peace in conflict-torn Somalia.

  • 17 Jan 2007

    Ethiopian soldiers occupying Somalia have been accused of raping Somali woman, according to reports circulating among church and development NGOs in the region. Observers are waiting for details to be confirmed.

  • 17 Jan 2007

    Keen public interest in Anabaptism, the positive growth of initiatives from churches related to that tradition, decline in some areas, and challenges in relating Christian faith and public life were among the issues highlighted in reports from seven countries delivered by 20 Mennonite church leaders from across Europe who gathered recently for their annual meeting.

  • 17 Jan 2007

    The Church of England has adopted a 'three-tier' discimination policy, aimed at continuing to give preferential treatment in school admissions for those linked to churches.

  • 17 Jan 2007

    The new Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church USA celebrated the life of the Rev Dr Martin Luther King in her first official service in the Diocese of New York this week - at St Ann's Church in the Bronx, on 15 January 2007. She stressed the difficult call to radical non-violence as a key Christian vocation arising from his legacy.

  • 16 Jan 2007

    "It is together that we find our place in the world," the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary has told WCC member churches and ecumenical partners in a message about priorities for the years ahead - which stresses the need for Christians both to work with those of other religions and life-stances, and to develop their own distinctive Gospel-based values and perspectives.

  • 16 Jan 2007

    A march is to take place in two months time, involving the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, to express repentance for the Church of England's complicity in the slave trade.

  • 16 Jan 2007

    Welcome Baptist Church in Heathfield, East Sussex has become the nation's 400th ‘Fairtrade Church'.

  • 16 Jan 2007

    As millions marked Martin Luther King Day across the United States yesterday, American church leaders urged their congregations to join Christians and others in their communities to "to exercise common witness and common service as together we seek to dismantle racism and, in so doing, to be the voice and presence of God's love in the world."

  • 16 Jan 2007

    A Catholic bishop in Nigeria has instructed parishioners to show they have registered to vote in elections this April or be banned from communion, a newspaper This Day reported on Tuesday.

  • 16 Jan 2007

    Church leaders in Jerusalem have offered to play a mediating role in the Hamas and Fateh dispute in Palestine. They are urging an end to violence in order for them to focus on the true priority of their people - independence, reports Ecumenical News International.

  • 15 Jan 2007

    The United Methodist Church President Bush's own denomination, has added its voice to the growing global chorus of disapproval - echoed strongly by many American Christians - towards the new White House policy backing a military 'surge' in Iraq.

  • 15 Jan 2007

    In a message to all the Palestinian people, Jerusalem church leaders alarmed at worsening relations between two main political parties are calling for an end to violence and an urgent return to the "real priorities" of Palestinians. The plan is to work with Jerusalem's top Islamic leaders on a similar Christian-Muslim message as well.

  • 15 Jan 2007

    As a Christian in the UK I'm protected by the law against discrimination - and I'm grateful for it. No one can legally deny me access to goods and services because of my faith. No one is allowed to put a sign up in their hotel window that reads 'No Christians' - or 'No Muslims' for that matter.

  • 14 Jan 2007

    Raising deep concerns about human rights violations in the Philippines, US Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has responded to a letter from Avelino T. Razon Jr., deputy director general of the Philippine National Police (PNP), in which she challenges the Philippine government for not showing "any real success in ending extra-judicial killings."