News Briefing and Comment

Ekklesia runs a syndicated news and events listings service for churches, journalists, organisations and charities. Hundreds of churches and organisations now carry Ekklesia's news on their web sites. You can get Ekklesia's news on your web site in seconds, or by signing up for our daily email bulletin.

  • 14 Feb 2008

    The High Court will today hear the judicial review of the Serious Fraud Office's decision to end its investigation into alleged corruption by BAE Systems in recent Saudi arms deals. Campaigners want to bring the arms giant to account.

  • 14 Feb 2008

    Oikocredit, the leading private international microfinancier, which gives support to poor communities and social enterprise, has announced a significant growth in activity and impact in its preliminary results for 2007.

  • 14 Feb 2008

    Two church communions from opposite sides of the globe were welcomed into full fellowship of the World Council of Churches (WCC) on Wednesday, increasing the membership of the global Christian body, the largest of its kind, to 349.

  • 13 Feb 2008

    The Catholic Diocese of Westminster have announced a new multi-media resource to promote 'justice, peace and the integrity of creation' in the London area. Entitled ‘No Hands But Ours’ it will be launched next Monday.

  • 13 Feb 2008

    A Good Practice Guide for local community projects and organisations supporting individuals involved in prostitution has been launched by the National Christian Alliance on Prostitution (NCAP). There are an estimated 80,000 people involved in prostitution in the UK.

  • 13 Feb 2008

    The first opening of the Australian Parliament after the election of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Labour Government has proved a historic moment in the history of Australia – with an apology finally being made to indigenous people.

  • 12 Feb 2008

    Manchester-based charity Church Action on Poverty has expressed delight at reports that the Government is shortly to confirm it is scrapping its Manchester super-casino plan. The group said it would be “a victory for common sense which will be welcomed by many people within the city”.

  • 12 Feb 2008

    Rowan Williams clarified the nub of his thinking and showed contrition for clumsiness, but he declined to apologise and is not off the hook, say commentators and other public figures today, amid calls for disestablishment.

  • 12 Feb 2008

    The main governing body of the World Council of Churches is meeting in Geneva from 13-20 February, during which it will celebrate the 60th anniversary its 1948 founding. The WCC is now the world's largest Christian grouping.

  • 12 Feb 2008

    Human rights groups and critics of extra-legal detention and the 'war on terror' have expressed deep concern about the proposed trials of Guantanamo Bay detainees on charges related to the 9/11 attacks in the USA.

  • 12 Feb 2008

    The Vatican daily newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, seen as required reading for those wanting to know the standpoint of the Holy See, but also known for an austere black and white layout, is appearing in colour for the first time.

  • 11 Feb 2008

    "There is no dispute about our common allegiance to the law of the land" Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams told the General Synod of the Church of England - and a watching world on TV and the internet - this afternoon.

  • 11 Feb 2008

    With peace seemingly returning to the troubled country, churches within and outside Kenya are now taking stock of the experiences from an ecumenical team visit made during a month of unrest and violence.

  • 11 Feb 2008

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown has privately asked Archbishop Rowan Williams to clarify the precise import of his remarks about the social and legal codes of Sharia and the English civil law system, those close to 10 Downing Street say.

  • 11 Feb 2008

    As churches from around the world gear up to respond to the Southern Africa flood emergency, the Methodist Church in Britain is sending a solidarity grant of £30,000 to provide support for the victims of the disaster.