David Ford says that slavery is still very much alive, and that the systems and ideas that underpin it also challenge the church's deep collusion with racism - and its unwillingness to be grasped by the Gospel.
The Pope has attacked Marxism as well as unfettered capitalism on his visit to Brazil. But the ghost of Marx has positive as well as negative connotations for Christians and social justice campaigners concerned with inequity.
Book-lovers in Edinburgh have been contemplating everything from Aesop's Fables to Judge Dredd - and they have raised volumes for Christian Aid's anti-poverty struggle, as well as adding volumes to their shelves.
A coalition of national and regional religious leaders across the United States has launched a major initiative to "zero-out" funding for the production of new nuclear warheads. It has Christian and interfaith backing.
The Anglican Bishop of Ripon and Leeds has apologized for the way Christians misused the Bible 200 years ago to justify slavery. In a parliamentary speech he called for more action against its modern manifestations.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has gone on al-Jazeera to appeal the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston, whose kidnap in Gaza has been denounced by the Iranian government and galvanised media freedom activists.
Attempts to bring to justice past participators in human rights abuses in communist-era Poland are raising moral dilemmas for Protestant and Catholc Christians across the country. New law makes the issues unavoidable.