News Brief

  • April 11, 2009

    One of the two Tamil demonstrators on hunger strike opposite the House of Commons in London has agreed to suspend his fast, reports the BBC. But the protests against the killing in Sri Lanka continue.

  • April 11, 2009

    The journey to Jerusalem is one that unites Christians past and present, says Harry Hagopian. What holds it together in the quest for peace with justice is the presence of Christ, crucified and risen.

  • April 11, 2009

    United Church of Christ leaders in the USA have hailed a unanimous decision by the Iowa Supreme Court to reject the state's ban on same-gender marriage as unconstitutional

  • April 10, 2009

    For Good Friday, a New York church has been circulating the story of the Passion, the biblical narrative leading up to Jesus' crucifixion, on the popular social networking site Twitter.

  • April 10, 2009

    The crucifixion reminds us that God is well acquainted with places like Abu Ghraib, says Jennifer Halteman Schrock. May the suffering that Christ endured while on trial as a “terrorist” fill us with compassion.

  • April 10, 2009

    Chaplaincy teams in the National Health Service are good value and bring added benefits and resources to clinical treatment, say health specialists responding to a call to stop their official funding.

  • April 10, 2009

    In spite of assurances by government, rough sleeping by homeless people is still a significant problem in Britain's towns and cities say campaigners, following a head count in the nation's capital.

  • April 10, 2009

    Thousands of tons of humanitarian aid intended for the people of Gaza are sitting at the Egyptian border, because Israel has not authorized them to pass, says a freelance journalist on the spot.

  • April 9, 2009

    Maundy Thursday is a foot-washing day for Christians, emphasising mutual service. But a bishop has given the tradition a new twist by shining boots at St Pancras station to raise funds for Zimbabwe.

  • April 9, 2009

    A Japanese Christian leader is urging churches to "listen to the cries" of temporary migrant workers many of whom are now without jobs as the world's second-biggest economy's unemployment rate soars.