News Brief

  • 19 Feb 2007

    German President Horst Kohler has called on Christian churches to redouble efforts to promote unity, warning they risk squandering their opportunities by letting differences and disputes drown out the message of their faith - writes Stephen Brown for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • 18 Feb 2007

    The heads of five American Christian denominations have sent a joint letter to all members of the new Democrat-majority US Congress, calling for a compassionate and just federal budget in 2008.

  • 18 Feb 2007

    Seven 'Global South' archbishops refused to receive Holy Communion with their fellow Primates on 16 February 2007, at thir Tanzania gathering. They alleged that they were "unable to come to the Holy Table with the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church [USA] because to do so would be a violation of Scriptural teaching and the traditional Anglican understanding" - writes Matthew Davies for Episcopal News Service

  • 18 Feb 2007

    Israeli soldiers demolished homes in three Palestinian villages near bypass road 317 on 14 February, reports Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) from Al Tuwani.

  • 17 Feb 2007

    Threats, intimidation, assassinations and massacres have forced about 3.5 million Colombians to flee their homes and relocate to other areas in the country - writes Gladys Terichow of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the North American peace church relief and development organisation.

  • 16 Feb 2007

    Flooding in Mozambique has forced tens of thousands from their homes along the Zambezi river valley, following weeks of heavy rain, report development agencies and church networks.

  • 16 Feb 2007

    After a visit to Sudan which included discussions with political and religious leaders in Khartoum and Juba, an African interfaith delegation has called on the international community to honour its political and financial pledges to sustain Sudan's peace process.

  • 16 Feb 2007

    Constructive engagement to deal with threats like nuclear proliferation is better than aggression ‚Ä' that is the message of the head of a global association of Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and indigenous churches concerning developments involving North Korea.

  • 15 Feb 2007

    The future of global Christian cooperation is at stake in a contest between the kind of unity-through-relationship imagined by the Bible and unity-through-consumption modelled by MTV, suggested World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev Dr Samuel Kobia in India yesterday (14 February 2007).

  • 15 Feb 2007

    Well-known thespian Emma Thompson and Anglican Bishop of Southwark Tom Butler are among 100 public figures spanning the arts, science, politics, academia, the churches and civic life who have joined together to oppose Prime Minister Tony Blair's plans to spend vast amounts of money on replacing Britain's Trident nuclear fleet.