Religion and Society

  • 19 Nov 2007

    The debate about religion in public life is often cantankerous, says Simon Barrow. But a constructive new pamphlet on secularism from the Humanist Philosophers' Group shows us that a better standard of discussion is possible.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    A challenging new programme has been launched to help church congregations engage with poverty and social injustice in Britain. It is backed by a wide range of church bodies, and also the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    Commuters amongst others will have the opportunity to reflect on Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Deus Caritas Est this Advent, courtesy of the British Jesuits.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    Nobel Peace Laureate and South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says that Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams should be tackling homophobia in the church and making it a welcoming place for lesbian and gay people.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    The case of a Sikh pupil suspended from a Welsh school for wearing a wrist bangle is now likely to go to judicial review after the school concerned refused to adopt a more flexible dress policy and is seeking further legal advice.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    Trying to make workplaces religion free is no solution to human fears about 'the other', says Simon Barrow, reflecting on recent cases of controversy involving religious dress and symbols in schools and companies.

  • 18 Nov 2007

    Christian faith is about sustaining faith in face of the knowledge and reality of death, says Simon Barrow. The feasts of All Saints and All Souls put us in solidarity with a host of people who have struggled to see right prevail.

  • 18 Nov 2007

    Churches throughout the world are going to be asked to sponsor trees in a special "Luther Garden" in Wittenberg, in eastern Germany, in order to mark the 500th anniversary in 2017 of Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation.

  • 16 Nov 2007

    The Anglican Bishop of Barking, David Hawkins, who represented the Archbishop of Canterbury at the first worldwide Global Christian Forum meeting held earlier this month, has hailed the gathering as the fulfillment of a vision of unity.

  • 16 Nov 2007

    The Prince of Wales has met leaders of some of the UK's largest Black-led churches as he sought to lay the groundwork for intended civic collaboration to help tackle the problem of disaffected young people in modern Britain.