Religion and Society

  • 26 Jan 2015

    Gross inequality is a “great challenge for our world,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby warned. On a visit to the USA, he spoke more forcefully on the issue than perhaps he has ever done before.

  • 25 Jan 2015

    The Church of England will shortly be ordaining a woman as bishop for the first time. This has been widely welcomed. But many were baffled to learn of the novel way in which a male bishop will be ordained not long afterwards. Savi Hensman explores the differences, and the underlying issues of church polity in a changing cultural context.

  • 25 Jan 2015

    Representatives of the World Evangelical Alliance and the World Council of Churches have met to explore possible areas of future cooperation.

  • 25 Jan 2015

    Senior figures in the United Reformed Church (URC) have expressed solidarity with minority communities feeling vulnerable.

  • 23 Jan 2015

    Religious fidelity and free speech can learn the art of coexistence despite the acerbic challenges that have flowed from the terrible Paris shootings and the arguments about Charlie Hebdo magazine, says Ekklesia associate and Middle East analyst Dr Harry Hagopian. The much harder – and harsher – question is whether we as followers of a religion or as advocates of free speech can coexist too?

  • 23 Jan 2015

    Attacks in Niger, resulting in the destruction of over 70 churches and many deaths, have been strongly condemned by the World Council of Churches.

  • 22 Jan 2015

    The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) usually passes me by. But this year (it runs from 18-25 January 2015) I have paid a little more attention. This is largely due to the present febrile atmosphere around the violence and fear which has been aroused in Europe by religious confrontation and intolerance, partly by the scale of rising inequality and a little by some anxiety as to my responsibilities as the representative of my Quaker Meeting to the local Churches Together group.

  • 21 Jan 2015

    Nearly half (46 per cent) of Americans say they are more concerned about the government interfering with the ability of people to freely practice their religion, while an equal number (46 per cent) say they are more concerned about religious groups trying to pass laws that force their beliefs on others.

  • 21 Jan 2015

    Hundreds of churches across Enfland, Scotland and Wales took part in Homeless Sunday on 18th January 2015.

  • 20 Jan 2015

    A Kirk leader says a rounded education about belief is critical if the rise in religious fundamentalism around the world is to be challenged.