News Brief

  • November 22, 2008

    Germany's two largest churches are shrinking, but the Evangelical Church in Germany, the country's biggest Protestant grouping, has dropped below 25 million members for the first time since the unification of Germany in 1990

  • November 22, 2008

    British Quakers will join others in marking the seventieth anniversary of the first train carrying Jewish children away from Nazi persecution to leave Berlin on 1 December 2008. They played a significant role in this evacuation.

  • November 21, 2008

    Activists disappointed by a measure to ban same-sex marriage in California that has deeply divided religious groups, say nationwide protests against the prohibition are a milestone in civil rights for gays and lesbians.

  • November 21, 2008

    The Archbishop of Liverpool, Patrick Kelly has welcomed bishops from across Europe and Africa to Liverpool for a conference on migration.

  • November 20, 2008

    The CEO of the Refugee Legal Service has said that the Minister for Immigration should be exercising humanity and sharpening up his department's decision-making instead of attacking human rights advocates.

  • November 20, 2008

    Calls for proper debate about the disestablishment of the Church of England were renewed this week with a call for the severing of the Church-crown link by economist, Blair loyalist and leading Labour peer Lord Desai.

  • November 20, 2008

    How strange that the Church of England tries to justify Establishment on biblical grounds, says leading biblical scholar Chris Rowland, when the prophetic tradition and Jesus point in such a different direction.

  • November 20, 2008

    Religious freedom and interreligious dialogue will be on the agenda of an international inter-church team visiting Pakistan next week, meeting representatives from churches, the Muslim community and government.

  • November 20, 2008

    Israel is collectively punishing innocent civilians by withholding and controlling food and medicine to Gaza, says Christian Aid. Despite repeated calls from the international community, Gaza remains closed to food and medicine.

  • November 20, 2008

    Free Church denominations have called for justice and compassion for asylum seekers, following a statement from Immigration Minister Phil Woolas criticising human rights groups and lawyers for assisting the vulnerable.