Religion and Society

  • 15 Jun 2015

    The Scottish Episcopal Church has taken a major step towards letting same-sex couples marry in church. However the process of change will take at least two years. If and when final approval is given, priests will be allowed – but not required – to celebrate weddings between same-sex partners.

  • 11 Jun 2015

    Tony Campolo, an influential Christian speaker and writer, no longer regards same-sex partnerships as wrong. Several other well-known evangelicals in recent years have also changed their views on sexual ethics.

  • 10 Jun 2015

    This year's Methodist Conference will take place in Southport at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre from 25 June to 2 July. The Conference is the governing body of the Methodist Church and meets annually to discuss matters affecting the life of the Church, the nation and the world.

  • 9 Jun 2015

    A London nursery unlawfully discriminated by dismissing a worker after a chat with a colleague ended in hurt feelings, an employment tribunal found. The case of Sarah Mbuyi versus Newpark Childcare highlights the risks of workplace discussions on emotionally charged topics such as religion and sexuality.

  • 9 Jun 2015

    Religious leaders from the UK, US and Pakistan have called on the Pakistani authorities to halt the execution of a man convicted as a child, who witnesses have now testified is innocent.

  • 9 Jun 2015

    Issues surrounding the “disenchantment” of language in modern times are complex, writes Melanie Barbato from Ludwig Maximilians University. Shifts in how language is supposed to be used can tell a lot about power relations. But like other judgements that are called aesthetic, political, religious or rational, they are mingled with the myths we have come to hold true.

  • 8 Jun 2015

    At its Annual General Meeting in London on 6 June, Pax Christi celebrated women peacemakers and the work of its General Secretary, Pat Gaffney over 25 years.

  • 7 Jun 2015

    The need for greater understanding and friendship between people of all faiths becomes clearer every day. As Ramadan approaches, The Big Iftar provides an enjoyable opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslim neighbours to get to know each other.

  • 31 May 2015

    The Methodist Church in Britain has published Courage, Cost & Hope, the report of an independent review of past safeguarding cases related to the Church from 1950 to 2014.

  • 29 May 2015

    A law to “promote social cohesion and protect people by tackling extremism” was one of the measures in the Queen’s Speech. Additional information about laws which the UK government plans to bring in gave more details of an Extremism Bill.