Religion and Society

  • 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.

  • 23 Jun 2014

    A Church of England bishop has severely disciplined a priest for marrying his same-sex partner, while a gay vicar in another diocese has also got married.

  • 23 Jun 2014

    The Yearly Meeting Gathering of Quakers in Britain which takes place in Bath from 2 to 9 August this year, is oversubscribed and is "regretfully having to turn away Friends."

  • 21 Jun 2014

    Pastors can, if they wish, marry same-sex couples in areas where this is legal, the Presbyterian Church (USA) has decided. The general assembly also called for a change in how marriage is defined, if a majority of presbyteries agree.

  • 18 Jun 2014

    On Saturday (21 June), the Methodist Church in Great Britain will celebrate forty years of women's ordination.

  • 16 Jun 2014

    At least three Muslims were shot dead in southern Sri Lanka after a hardline ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ group went on the rampage. Dozens more were injured and buildings set alight as the Bodu Bala Sena marched on Aluthgama and surrounding areas.

  • 16 Jun 2014

    A new report into poverty, backed by the Church of Scotland and Faith in Community Scotland, is to demand an end to the poor employment practices trapping many working Scots on very low wages.