A deep-rooted caste divide among Christians in India's southern Tamil Nadu state has come to the fore after two Catholics were killed at Eraiyur due to police firing during a clash between upper-caste and Dalit church members.
A set of ten action points has been issued by a Christian agency suggesting ways that refused asylum seekers and refugees can be helped. Churches and others in the UK are being urged to visit detainees in removal centres.
In a reflection on faith and human rights for Easter, Savi Hensman argues that issues of life and death and the question about whether Christians are on the side of the powerful or the powerless go to the heart of the Gospel story.
Lord Goldsmith, speaking for the government citizenship review, walked into a backlash today over proposals that school-leavers should be encouraged to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen and country.
In Christian and biblical terms, good citizenship is not about flag-waving, says Simon Barrow. It is about the good practices and ways of organising our public lives which enable people to belong to one another across nation state boundaries.
Encouraging people to commit to social justice, human dignity, equality, civic participation and peace-building is the way to create good citizens, says the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, not attempts to impose symbols of state allegiance and inflated rhetoric about ‘national pride’.