Religion and Society

  • 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.

  • 3 Jul 2014

    The Methodist Conference has elected the Rev Steve Wild to be President of the Conference in 2015/16, and Dr Jill Barber to be Vice-President.

  • 2 Jul 2014

    The Methodist Church, meeting in Birmingham for its annual, Conference, has made a commitment to taking a major step forward in its relationship with the Church of England.

  • 1 Jul 2014

    The General Secretary of the Methodist Church has encouraged Methodists to rise to the challenge of falling membership figures.

  • 29 Jun 2014

    This summer almost a thousand people will be ordained as deacons or priests in the Church of England. It is a season of celebration, but for many who look to the Church to be a beacon of justice and compassion, events at Westminster Abbey yesterday left them feeling extremely disappointed.

  • 26 Jun 2014

    Christian leaders representing over 1 billion people from 170 nations have sent an Open Letter to heads of the G20, calling for urgent action on corruption and tax evasion.

  • 25 Jun 2014

    This week, I've seen two movements that I love become sullied by complicity with the arms trade.

    First, Church House (a leading Christian conference centre) hosted a gathering of arms dealers and generals. Now, London LGBT Pride are about to allow a section of this week's march to be used to publicise a company that is complicit in homophobia– and other human rights abuses – around the world.

  • 23 Jun 2014

    Where will a group of generals and arms dealers gather tomorrow (24 June) to discuss the future of land warfare? A military camp? The Ministry of Defence? An underground bunker? No, it's the headquarters of the Church of England.