Religion and Society

  • 20 Mar 2014

    As of 9.45am on Thursday 20 March 2014, the day after the Chancellor’s Budget statement, these were the comments and responses from the Churches in Britain that we were able to discover. Further updates will follow through Ekklesia’s ongoing reporting, commentary and analysis: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/budget2014

  • 19 Mar 2014

    Yesterday, as the UK Chancellor finalised his 2014 Budget, leaders of different faiths united against food poverty.

  • 19 Mar 2014

    The South African Council of Churches has elected new leaders at its Triennial Conference in Johannesburg, which also emphasised the vocation to justice and peace.

  • 16 Mar 2014

    A Catholic priest has been sentenced to 28 days in prison for non-payment of fines for numerous nonviolent peace protests against war.

  • 15 Mar 2014

    An “inter-generational dialogue on faith, culture, HIV and sexual reproductive health and rights” was initiated last week.

  • 15 Mar 2014

    When my radio alarm clock woke me yesterday morning, I was unsurprised but deeply saddened to hear of the death of Tony Benn.

  • 15 Mar 2014

    The voice of the prophets was essential, the late Tony Benn argued, to challenge wrong-doing and wrong motives – to provide direction for the rulers who would listen, and stubborn unyielding opposition when they would not. This, he believed, should be the role of the church in relation to government. The Rev Benny Hazelhurst, former vicar of Tolpuddle, recalls a man of vision and social hope, who died on 14 March 2014.

  • 14 Mar 2014

    A couple of days ago, I sat in a packed church in a Cambridgeshire village to hear Rowan Williams speak about food banks. The former Archbishop of Canterbury was measured and carefully non-party political in his observations. His address was a model of the power which is exercised when discernment is coupled with commitment to truth and justice.

  • 13 Mar 2014

    The arms company BAE Systems, along with the Royal Air Force, has run a 'science roadshow' for pupils at a Christian school in central London. The school is a few minutes' walk from where I live.

  • 11 Mar 2014

    A group opposed to inclusion has praised Church of England bishops for being negative towards clergy wanting to marry same-sex partners, and urged them to go further. The Evangelical Group of the General Synod (EGGS) committee wants laypeople in same-sex relationships to be disciplined too.