Accord is bringing together Christians who favour a change in policy around faith schools, giving priority to openness and inclusion. Their voices are not always heard in the polarised debate about schooling which Acord wishes to redirect in a more positive direction.
Christians should be working for non-discrimination in faith schools because the Gospel is a message of sacrificial love not selfishness, says Simon Barrow. The Accord coalition's proposed reforms offer a constructive way forward.
Contradicting claims that they don't discriminate, a well known media supporter of faith schools has said that the discriminatory practices of church schools are what gives them their special ethos. Others disagree.
Using a new-to-DVD documentary on Lonnie Frisbee as a starting point,
Brian Collins reflects on the way Jesus became an inspiration, brand and cultural transfer for an alternative culture that became mainstream.
A new coalition called Accord, which will be launched officially on Monday 1 September 2008, is calling on Children, Schools and Families Secretary of State Ed Balls to stop publicly-funded faith schools from discriminating against students and teachers on the grounds of their beliefs.
The government is being urged to reform faith schools to ensure they cannot discriminate against pupils and teachers on religious grounds and to give a clear commitment to inclusive, community-wide education for all Britain's pupils.
The World Association for Christian Communication has announced that journalist Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, a daily TV/radio news show airing on over 700 stations worldwide, is to receive its Communication for Peace Award.
People in Britain, whether religious or not, have been used to negotiating their directions by churches, pubs and other landmarks. But in the age of web maps that will have to change, because traditional sites are disappearing.