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  • 27 Apr 2016

    A severely disabled prisoner on Pakistan’s death row has called on the country’s President to spare his life, as a stay of execution granted to him in January expired.

  • 26 Apr 2016

    In the week before this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May 2016, numerous prayer vigils in remembrance of victims of homophobia will once again be held in several Italian cities, as well as in various other countries in Europe and South America.

  • 26 Apr 2016

    We will hear a lot this week about who is to blame for the junior doctors' strike. Is it Jeremy Hunt, or the doctors who are being unreasonable?

  • 26 Apr 2016

    A year on from the devastating earthquakes that killed nearly 9,000 Nepalese people, acclaimed photographer Gideon Mendel and development charity Christian Aid have released a series of stunning portraits and personal stories demonstrating how ‘acts of kindness’ helped stranded families to survive in the aftermath of the disaster.

  • 26 Apr 2016

    Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. In recognition of that and the subsequent nuclear tragedy at Fukushima, CND has called on the government to abandon plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK.

  • 25 Apr 2016

    Churches, civil society and human rights groups marked the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide yesterday, 24 April 2016. 

  • 25 Apr 2016

    Quakers in Britain in association with Luath Press have published a new book The Truth about Trident: Disarming the Nuclear Argument. With more than 15,000 nuclear warheads stockpiled worldwide, Timmon Wallis explores the arguments for retaining Trident with a critical eye to get to the real truth.

  • 25 Apr 2016

    The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), reiterating that such activities increase tension in the region and beyond.

  • 23 Apr 2016

    With their signatures of the landmark Paris climate accord, “governments made a covenant with the future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of a United Nations ceremony which puts the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future.

  • 23 Apr 2016

    Ekklesia is very pleased to offer warm congratulations to our chief operating officer, Virginia Moffatt, for being shortlisted in the inaugural Virago Press and New Statesman magazine Women's Prize

  • 22 Apr 2016

    The life-blood of Parliamentary democracy is difference. Where a single view of society goes uncontested, tyranny can be the only outcome.

  • 22 Apr 2016

    The programme announced by the Government to resettle 3,000 refugee children in the UK over the next four years has been welcomed by the development agency Christian Aid. But the organisation emphasises that the plans are too slow and lacking in adequate ambition.

  • 22 Apr 2016

    Leaders from churches in the Holy Land met with the heads of faith-based organisations and churches in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) on 19-20 April 2016 for a summit that explored the role of US churches in peacemaking in the Middle East.

  • 21 Apr 2016

    A peace and global justice hustings will be held today (21 April 2016) in Edinburgh at Augustine United Church, 41-43 George IV Bridge EH1 1EL.  Doors open at 7.10pm and the hustings will run

  • 21 Apr 2016

    Faith communities throughout the land, because of their work with people in need, are only too aware of the devastating impact of benefit sanctions on some of the poorest and most disadvantaged mem