Religion and Society

  • 19 Dec 2014

    The ‘power’ of Christmas – as symbol, story, narrative, myth – lies in its reminder of God’s disinterest in glamour, cool and position. It reminds us that God, as ultimate Other, does not need all the things many of us think are fundamental, but are actually props for our vanity, our position, and even our desire to serve the institution, says the Rev Rachel Mann in an intensely personal reflection on the meaning of the season.

  • 18 Dec 2014

    'Immigration' is set to be one of the most-used words in the run-up to the General Election -- at least if UKIP, large sections of the media and much of the current government has its way.

  • 18 Dec 2014

    The Church of Scotland has issued a statement in response to the formation of a group launched in Glasgow on opposed to the ordination of gay ministers.

  • 17 Dec 2014

    India's government and media are arguing over whether a minister tried to make students come to school on Christmas Day. Controversy continues over coerced mass conversions. It is a time of deep insecurity for religious minorities.

  • 16 Dec 2014

    WATCH is "disappointed" that the Church of England is set to appoint a Bishop who believes only men should be in positions of leadership.

  • 14 Dec 2014

    In chapter 11 of Matthew’s Gospel Jesus speaks of his forerunner, the spiky and angular prophet known to us as John the Baptist.

  • 11 Dec 2014

    I recently preached at Kensington Unitarian Church, where I was pleased to receive a warm welcome and to engage in some good discussions. Here is the text of my sermon. I explored issues of faith, power and loyalty, looking particularly at Jesus' comments when asked if Jews should pay taxes to the Roman Emperor. I suggested this passage should be read not as a surrender to power but as a challenge to it.

  • 11 Dec 2014

    Quakers in Britain have responded to the announcement of £4.8 million 'Character Innovation Fund' for schools with an Open Letter to Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan.

  • 10 Dec 2014

    Many Christians regard their wedding day as one of the most joyful, and spiritually significant, in their lives. Those preparing to celebrate marriage are part of the body of the church, whose other members may wish to rejoice with and support them as they make a costly, as well as fulfilling, commitment.

  • 9 Dec 2014

    Quakers in Britain have stated they will not modify their political work to fit in with the Lobbying Act and will make public their "reservations and disquiet".