Religion and Society

  • 15 Mar 2014

    When my radio alarm clock woke me yesterday morning, I was unsurprised but deeply saddened to hear of the death of Tony Benn.

  • 15 Mar 2014

    The voice of the prophets was essential, the late Tony Benn argued, to challenge wrong-doing and wrong motives – to provide direction for the rulers who would listen, and stubborn unyielding opposition when they would not. This, he believed, should be the role of the church in relation to government. The Rev Benny Hazelhurst, former vicar of Tolpuddle, recalls a man of vision and social hope, who died on 14 March 2014.

  • 14 Mar 2014

    A couple of days ago, I sat in a packed church in a Cambridgeshire village to hear Rowan Williams speak about food banks. The former Archbishop of Canterbury was measured and carefully non-party political in his observations. His address was a model of the power which is exercised when discernment is coupled with commitment to truth and justice.

  • 13 Mar 2014

    The arms company BAE Systems, along with the Royal Air Force, has run a 'science roadshow' for pupils at a Christian school in central London. The school is a few minutes' walk from where I live.

  • 11 Mar 2014

    A group opposed to inclusion has praised Church of England bishops for being negative towards clergy wanting to marry same-sex partners, and urged them to go further. The Evangelical Group of the General Synod (EGGS) committee wants laypeople in same-sex relationships to be disciplined too.

  • 10 Mar 2014

    Pope Francis met with Rev Olav Fykse Tveit, Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, on 7 March in an encounter described as "very positive".

  • 8 Mar 2014

    A few weeks ago, Juliet Kilpin attended the community launch of Christians on the Left (www.christiansontheleft.org.uk) with a summit on faith, social action and social justice. In a packed food bank based in a London City Mission venue in Vauxhall, inspirational voices shared stories of action motivated by Christian faith. But the event and network raises other important questions about faith, politics, justice, class, witness and the use of the Bible, she suggests.

  • 7 Mar 2014

    The CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance has told its Council that he will not be seeking a third term in the beginning of 2015.

  • 7 Mar 2014

    Saeed and Sakil Dawood were friendly, sports-loving Yorkshiremen on holiday in India, returning from a trip to the Taj Mahal. 73-year-old Ehsan Jafri, a former trade unionist and MP, lived in Ahmedabad. When horrific violence engulfed Gujarat in 2002, they were among those brutally murdered.

  • 6 Mar 2014

    The UK Government faces a huge and growing call to take action on welfare, wages and food markets in the 2014 budget from End Hunger Fast this Lent.