Community and Family

  • 2 Apr 2011

    Disturbing evidence is emerging that UK job centres are increasingly looking for excuses to stop welfare benefits to people who are out of work. People with mental health problems, learning or communication difficulties, those who are young or uneducated are among those at most risk.

  • 2 Apr 2011

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has called for greater public awareness of autism, in a message to mark the annual World Autism Awareness Day.

  • 1 Apr 2011

    ‘Mothering’ referred to the mother Church in Jerusalem and returning to the church after breaking fast in Lent. But nowhere did it mean biological mothers, says Maggi Dawn. She suggests that the alternative idea of refreshment could be brought back into play.

  • 31 Mar 2011

    A new report by Progressio is urging religious leaders to reflect on how faith communities can help or hinder support for people living with HIV.

  • 31 Mar 2011

    The Accord Coalition says it is "deeply disappointed" that parliament will not look at Education Bill amendments to keep schools open to the whole community.

  • 31 Mar 2011

    A Kenyan church leader, who used to believe HIV was God's punishment, has changed, and is up for an award celebrating her work against prejudice.

  • 31 Mar 2011

    Competition for cheap doctors from health-rich nations, including Britain, is threatening the future of one of the world’s poorest countries.

  • 30 Mar 2011

    The Latin American Council of Churches Youth Pastoral Ministry will be seeking to strengthen its work in Central and South America over the next three years.

  • 29 Mar 2011

    Questioning the coherence of the newly-initiated World Interfaith Harmony Week, Michael Marten says that if neither 'faith' nor 'religion' really serve as useful comparative or relational concepts, it is perhaps intellectually more honest, and practically more fruitful, to abandon the pretence of ‘interfaith’ dialogue in favour of simple ‘interhuman’ dialogue.

  • 28 Mar 2011

    A UK government review of local authority duties has raised further fears about the future of social services, says Savi Hensman/ Yet, against a background of harsh spending cuts, this is also an opportunity for people and civil society organisations - including churches and faith bodies - to declare whether they believe that children and adults should be able to get the support they need.