As the Spirit of Christmas Fair opened in London this morning, its owners Clarion Events faced ridicule over their complacent assertion that they were "entirely comfortable" with their recent purchase of arms fairs.
Campaigners against the arms trade are recruiting Christmas characters to embarrass organisers of a family exhibition who are also backing death-dealing weapons exports. They are invoking the real 'reason for the season'.
In Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Africa, churches have played a major role in reconciliation between groups who had been in violent conflict for decades. Two international ecumenical teams sent by the World Council of Churches will visit the three countries during the next two weeks.
The Methodist Church in Britain is warning that the humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe is likely to worsen over the coming months - and is inviting Christians is these islands to support the people there materially and spiritually.
The leader of Zimbabwe's largest functioning alliance of Christians says the country's main grouping of traditional Protestant churches and many wider church organizations have been too quiet on what is happening in his country.