Up to 50,000 demonstrators took to the streets in London and Glasgow today (Saturday 24 February 2007) to call for an end to the war in Iraq, a non-military resolution of tensions involving Iran, and the scrapping of Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Church leaders and Christians were among the protestors.
A network of sexual abuse victims' advocates originally set up to challenge the Catholic Church in the USA has started to pressure the president of the Southern Baptists, America's largest Protestant denomination, to take action against abusive ministers and elders in its ranks.
Protestants and Catholics who have previously been fiercely critical of each other – refusing even to recognise one another as fellow Christians, in some cases – have come together to oppose legislation in the province that would require them to treat lesbian and gay people on an equal basis in terms of public provision.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who is spiritual head of the fractious 78-million strong worldwide Anglican Communion, has described the decisions taken by the recent Primates (heads of provinces) meeting in Tanzania as a trust-building exercise to preserve unity in the face of disagreement.
Many thousands of Christians -Evangelicals, Protestants, Orthodox, Anglicans, peace churches, Black majority congregations and Roman Catholics - are preparing to pray, process and protest throughout the United States on 16 March 2007, to mark the fourth anniversary of the war and occupation of Iraq.
The head of the World Council of Churches has lamented the decline of Christianity in the West, while also praising rapid growth of the faith in developing countries - reports Ecumeical News International (ENI).
Aid to developing countries has increased dramatically over the last few years – but it is less well known that developing countries often haemorrhage as much money as they receive in aid, or more, says a leading UK churches' development agency - highlighting the problem of so-called 'vulture funds'.
Participants at the assembly of the Latin American Council of Churches, which takes place once every six years, have asked US church representatives if they are aware of what their country is doing in the world and how it impacts on their region - writes Peter Kenny for Ecumenical News International (ENI).
Namibia's Lutheran bishop Dr Zephania Kameeta has stressed the commitment of civil society to the fight against poverty in the country, rejecting criticism that a proposed Basic Income Grant (BIG) they are advocating would encourage people to become overly dependent.