UK News

  • January 2, 2007

    For the first time ever, the spiritual heads of Scotland's Catholics and its largest Protestant church have joined together to make a New Year appeal for peace and social harmony - recalling the sordid history of religiously justified sectarianism in Scotland as the backdrop to their pledge.

  • January 1, 2007

    Welsh Labour MP Ann Clwyd, a long-term campaigner for human rights in Iraq, has said that Dr Rowan Williams did not do enough to get Saddam Hussein indicted for mass murder before the invasion of Iraq in 2003 ‚Ä' when he was Archbishop of Wales.

  • January 1, 2007

    The New Year has started more-or-less where 2006 left off, with a new row about religious symbolism and artefacts in relation to the policy of a major airline.

  • December 31, 2006

    Bishop Dr Joe Aldred, chair of the Council of Black-led Churches and the Rev Nezlin Sterling, chair of the African Caribbean Evangelical Alliance and a president of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, are among the Christian leaders backing Black Mental Health UK's call for the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) to examine the Department of Health's handling of the race review in the government's new Mental Health Bill.

  • December 31, 2006

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that we need to feel the same hunger for justice that ended the slave trade if the world is to be changed for the better.

  • December 26, 2006

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, says that the care he saw being given to a baby from an economically deprived family in Bethlehem during his pilgrimage there was a shining reminder of the Christmas message ‚Ä' that God's revolutionary love comes to us as a gift, in the face of all life's trials and joys.

  • December 24, 2006

    The Anglican Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, has chosen Christmastide to reignite the row about religious dress in a plural society - by saying that legislation should be introduced giving some officials the power to remove the veil worn by Muslim women.

  • December 23, 2006

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has told the people of Bethlehem that neither they, nor the pressures that they live under are forgotten in the West. During a pilgrimage to Bethlehem where he has joined three other senior English church leaders, Dr Williams addressed the city's civic representatives, stressing that problems had to be solved by people working together.

  • December 23, 2006

    Church leaders preparing for Christmas, people who justify violence in the name of religion, and protagonists of anti-gay causes in the Anglican Communion and elsewhere, woke up to a shock this morning ‚Ä' far more people in Britain think that religion causes harm and division than good, according to an ICM survey conducted on 12-13 December for The Guardian newspaper.

  • December 22, 2006

    While media attention has focussed on the charging yesterday of a 48-year-old man with the murder of five women in eastern England, community organisations ‚Ä' including projects and individuals identified with the National Christian Alliance on Prostitution (NCAP) ‚Ä' say that the reality of sex work in Britain and its impact needs to be faced more honestly.