Religion and Society

  • 14 Jul 2014

    Quakers in Britain have sent an open letter to the Foreign Secretary William Hague on the escalating conflict in Gaza, calling on him to ensure all sides are heard.

  • 10 Jul 2014

    A Church of England bishop has refused a licence to Jeremy Pemberton, a hospital chaplain, because he married his partner Laurence Cunnington. This may prevent him from taking up a new job closer to his home. This has further strained church’s leaders’ already tense relationship with those seeking greater inclusion.

  • 9 Jul 2014

    Westminster Abbey has again drawn criticism over its treatment of protesters after threatening to evict Christians singing hymns outside a nearby arms conference.

  • 9 Jul 2014

    The most bizarre moment of today’s vigil outside an arms conference at Church House was when Westminster Abbey’s staff told us that we were not allowed to sing hymns on their land.

  • 9 Jul 2014

    A conference sponsored by arms companies will take place at Church House this morning, as Christian opponents of the arms trade pray and protest outside.

  • 9 Jul 2014

    The Church House Conference Centre, located in the Church of England's administrative headquarters near Westminster Abbey, is again to host a conference sponsored by arms dealers.

  • 8 Jul 2014

    The ‘common good’ and support for current and former soldiers are among the topics to be discussed at the Church of England’s general synod in July 2014. Savi Hensman suggests that the institutional Church of England in its current form may be too heavily compromised by its closeness to the “principalities and powers” to be fully effective in seeking justice and peace. She argues that it will have to face a death of sorts in order to be renewed in Christ.

  • 7 Jul 2014

    The World Council of Churches has announced it will hold an Interfaith Summit on Climate Change on September 21-22 in New York City.

  • 5 Jul 2014

    Hunger-striking Guantánamo detainees have asked a US court to count them as ‘persons’ with free exercise of religious rights, following a Supreme Court decision extending those rights to a US craft store chain.

  • 3 Jul 2014

    Clergy and laypersons should not get into trouble for marrying their same-sex partners, the Methodist Church in Britain agreed. For the time being, only opposite-sex couples will be allowed to marry in church. But a two-year period of study and discussion will examine whether this should change.