Religion and Society

  • 4 Dec 2014

    Participants in a recent World Council of Churches consultation in Burma have stressed the need to equip churches for peacebuilding.

  • 3 Dec 2014

    This year Ekklesia has, for the first time, developed an Advent Calendar, in partnership with our colleagues at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London – which has a long history of social engagement, as well as work with homeless people and others excluded from the Feast of Life to which Christmas points.

  • 2 Dec 2014

    Quakers in Britain are responding to the recently escalating cycles of violence and retribution in Palestine and Israel, with a new initiative to support those seeking peace.

  • 2 Dec 2014

    In Africa, where up to 40 per cent of the health care facilities are provided by faith related organisations, Dr Mirfin Mpundu, executive director of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN), says that due to their unique position, churches can play a special role in eliminating HIV and AIDS and bringing improvements in the lives of people living with the virus.

  • 2 Dec 2014

    The World Council of Churches wants all countries to take special measures to protect and support refugees and displaced people from the Middle East.

  • 1 Dec 2014

    Karen Armstrong, whose new book Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence invites far more subtle understanding of the relationship between faith and fratricide globally, has written a characteristically thoughtful piece on IS/ISIS for The New Statesman magazine: 'Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism'.

  • 30 Nov 2014

    Advent, the season of expectation, arrived for us in 2014 on Sunday 30th November.

  • 29 Nov 2014

    Pope Francis has undertaken a fourth papal visit to Turkey amid much ignorance and misunderstanding. Ekklesia associate and regional expert Dr Harry Hagopian says that the present leader of the worldwide Catholic Church came to Ankara and Istanbul with three overarching objectives. He looks at what those are and why they are important politically and religiously.

  • 24 Nov 2014

    A new briefing from Amnesty says the Indonesian authorities increasingly make use of a range of oppressive blasphemy laws to imprison individuals for their beliefs.

  • 21 Nov 2014

    The Methodist Church has launched a series of mental health resources following concerns that not enough was being done to help young people with mental health issues.