News Brief

  • August 31, 2007

    BRIT and MOBO-award winning musician Lemar has described a multi-faith Birmingham Cut the Carbon rally at Millennium Point on Bank Holiday Monday as ‘amazing’ - and has backed popular action to pressure governments on global warming.

  • August 31, 2007

    Gene Robinson, an openly gay US Anglican bishop whose 2003 consecration has deeply divided worldwide Anglican Communion, says African critics who describe homosexuals as "worse than beasts" are using the kind of language once employed in the United States to justify slavery.

  • August 29, 2007

    The United States Congress should redirect the $720 million a day the US is currently spending on the Iraq war to programmes that reduce poverty at home, urged the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), responding to Census Bureau data released yesterday.

  • August 29, 2007

    Following hot on the heels of the Rev Jesse Jackson, in Britain last week to launch the economic equality campaign Equanomics, ex-South African president Nelson Mandela was hailed in London yesterday in advance of today's unveiling of a London statue of him.

  • August 29, 2007

    Sudan Christian leaders are concerned that the country's oil wealth, previously used by the government in the north of the country to fuel a 21-year war in the south, is again being used for war purposes, as well as government attempts to solve the Darfur crisis.

  • August 28, 2007

    In a move which could signal a longer-term shift in its ministry, the role of deacons as missionaries to their local communities should be taken more seriously, argues a report from the Church of England’s Faith and Order Advisory Group published last week.

  • August 28, 2007

    The signing of a declaration between a group representing Muslims and a leading Christian body in Norway, which supports the mutual right to convert between faiths without harassment, is the first pact of its type in the world, the two bodies have announced.

  • August 28, 2007

    Christian Aid is sending £50,000 to local partner organisations in Ica, one of the regions most badly affected by the 8.0 magnitude quake which struck off the coast of Peru on 15 August 2007, claiming 500 lives and leaving thousands homeless.

  • August 28, 2007

    An ambitious media look at religious zealots in Christianity, Judaism and Islam is receiving worldwide media coverage, but lukewarm reviews from television critics in the United States. The CNN series began to air on 22 August 2007

  • August 27, 2007

    The annual Greenbelt arts festival is re-establishing itself as a premier Bank Holiday event - with music, culture and debate at its heart. Singer Billy Bragg and composer John Tavener have been among the draws.