News Brief

  • July 14, 2009

    The death of 15 British soldiers in just over a week has sparked calls for an end to the UK's involvement in the war in Afghanistan. A poll shows that the majority of the British public want troops withdrawn by the end of the year.

  • July 14, 2009

    A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and Guardian.

  • July 14, 2009

    Thought for the Day may finally be opened up to ‘minor’ religions and non-religious contributors after a number of campaigns for the two and a half minute section of the Today programme to be changed.

  • July 14, 2009

    The Stonewall riots in June 1969 in New York helped to transform society in the USA and beyond, says Savi Hensman. The General Convention of the Episcopal Church in July 2009 is far more sedate, but the issues facing Christians of all traditions are profound.

  • July 14, 2009

    As protest and repression continues in post-election Iran, Amnesty International has condemned the excessive use of force by Iranian security forces last week, following baton charges and use of tear gas against protesters.

  • July 14, 2009

    Aid agencies have attacked a 'Green Paper' on International Development issued by the Conservative Party yesterday as having "glaring omissions" and "blind spots".

  • July 13, 2009

    Almost three quarters (72 per cent) of British men and women want to see poverty ended in their life time, says a poll commissioned by international development agency Christian Aid.

  • July 13, 2009

    The influence of the 16th-century Protestant reformer Jean Calvin, born in France on 10 July 1509, has probably not been felt as much in any single country as South Africa - and with decidedly mixed results.

  • July 12, 2009

    American Baptists have achieved the resettlement of more than 100,000 refugees since their cooperative effort with the ecumenical Church World Service began after World War Two.

  • July 12, 2009

    A House of Lords vote against the government's proposals on “homophobic hatred” has provoked mixed reactions, with both Christian and secular activists on each side.