News Brief

  • June 8, 2009

    A broad coalition of church groups has sent a message of support for President Obama’s efforts at reaching out to Muslims across the world and towards making Israeli-Palestinian peace a top priority of his administration.

  • June 8, 2009

    Dismay and concern have been expressed by church leaders following election gains by British National Party - with the churches being challenged to combat the narrow nationalist and "Christian nation" rhetoric the far-right is using.

  • June 8, 2009

    A new poll has found that 57% of the public think that "state funded schools that select students by their religion undermine community cohesion", and large majorities want top see a change of policy on admissions, employment and discrimination

  • June 7, 2009

    Often Christians behave as if their central convictions about God has little practical bearing on the world and its problems, says Simon Barrow. On the contrary, being engaged by the Trinitarian mystery of God is central to facing up to the world's lesions with realism and hope.

  • June 6, 2009

    Big change is required, but it can start in small but significant ways. That was the message that development agency World Vision issued for World Environment Day 2009, highlighting one project that symobolises part of the way forward.

  • June 5, 2009

    With Environment Sunday approaching on 7 June, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has issued an appeal to churches to pray and act for the environment ahead of key United Nations talks on climate change.

  • June 5, 2009

    Senior staff of the National Council of Churches USA have praised President Obama's address to the Muslims throughout the world yesterday, renewing the Council's commitment to friendship and dialogue with Muslim people of faith.

  • June 5, 2009

    Gay Catholics have welcomed the decisions of the Charity Commissioners and the Charities Tribunal to refuse three Catholic adoption agencies permission to change their charitable objects in order to be able to refuse gay couples.

  • June 4, 2009

    Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun has urged China to change its stance on the crackdown 20 years ago against peaceful protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Today is the 20th anniversary of the crackdown.

  • June 4, 2009

    Lutheran leaders in the United States have joined other church chiefs in condemning the killing of abortion doctor George Tiller in the lobby of Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas, where he served and worshipped.