News Brief

  • May 11, 2016

    The Moderator of the Church of Scotland and church staff have hosted a visit from Cardinal Bo of Myanmar, Archbishop of Yangon and the first Catholic Cardinal ever for Myanmar, appointed by Pope Francis in 2015.

  • May 10, 2016

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for the adoption of a global compact on responsibility-sharing that collectively ensures the human rights, safety and dignity of all refugees and migrants.

  • May 10, 2016

    An influential committee of Parliamentarians has called on the British Government to “urgently” clarify its legal position on drone strikes, warning that its policy “may expose…Ministers to the risk of criminal prosecution for murder.”

  • May 9, 2016

    In the 2012 Welfare Reform Act, the government replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

  • May 9, 2016

    The World Council of Churches General Secretary, the  Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has issued a statement urging the international community to put an end to the “culture of impunity” in Syria. The statement followed news reports from Syria of an air strike that targeted the Kammouneh Syrian refugee camp 0n 7 May 2016.

  • May 9, 2016

    The families of three young men who died in Glen Parva prison have called  for more action to prevent suicides as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons published its latest inspection report on the jail.

  • May 8, 2016

    This time last year, I stayed up all night with Ekklesia staff and associates as we live blogged the General Election results.

  • May 6, 2016

    I am not affiliated to any political party and have used my vote over the last thirty years to elect candidates for a number of different parties.

  • May 6, 2016

    The newly re-landscaped garden at Friends House is a welcoming space for reflection, say Quakers in Britain. With planting and design inspired by a poem by Waldo Williams, it speaks of Quakerism, of peace, equality, simplicity and truth.

  • May 6, 2016

    Reflecting on the relevance of religion in today’s world, the World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit spoke at a sustainable development seminar in Rome on 4 May, posing a question to the participants: “Is religion able to bring hope to people of today?”