Religion and Society

  • 24 Dec 2013

    Palestinian President Abbas has called Jesus "a role model for the Palestinians", in a Christmas message from the West Bank.

  • 24 Dec 2013

    As a teetotal Christian, I would not want to sell alcohol. If I worked at Marks & Spencer, and had politely asked a customer to pay another member of staff for her champagne, I doubt that it would have led to a national media story. Marks & Spencer’s policy on this issue has hit the headlines because of a staff member who made such a request – and who is a Muslim. This conveniently suits the agenda of the right-wing media, obsessed as they are with portraying Muslims as weird.

  • 23 Dec 2013

    "My faith in the people governing us is, on the whole, infinitesimal; my faith in The People governed is, on the whole, illimitable." -- Charles Dickens.

    As we approach Christmas, the memory of MPs in the foodbank debate laughing at the notion of poor people fighting over cheap food could have been enough to dampen anyone’s Christmas spirit. But what Charles Dickens asserted over a century ago is still true: many of the people those MPs represent are more generous, more noble, and more selfless than the MPs could ever imagine.

  • 23 Dec 2013

    In his Christmas message, the General Secretary of the WCC says faith should encourage help people journey together towards justice and peace.

  • 22 Dec 2013

    A festival of Bethlehem at Christmas is being celebrated at St James’s Piccadilly, London, from 23 December 2013 through to 5 January 2014, with people joining in on Facebook and Twitter from other parts of these islands… and the world.

  • 22 Dec 2013

    The WCC is calling on the council's 345 member churches and churches around the world to remember, pray and act for Syria at Christmas.

  • 21 Dec 2013
  • 21 Dec 2013

    Christmas, when people who rarely enter a church often pay their annual visit, could be a time to challenge perceptions of Christianity. Unfortunately, says Symon Hill, we seem to respond to their arrival by singing some of the most badly written, incomprehensible and theologically dubious songs ever produced. Perhaps it's time to shred the carol sheet.

  • 21 Dec 2013

    The President of the Methodist Church has called on Methodist people to celebrate God's generosity at Christmas by multiplying generosity themselves.

  • 20 Dec 2013

    Pope Francis, whose comments and actions have produced apoplexy among the US religious right, "reminds me of Jesus", says a leading evangelical.