Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the international peace and justice activist, is taking his message of hope to the high seas in 2010 - as one of the guest lecturers on the Southampton-based ship, Queen Mary 2.
Volunteers working with church and secular homeless relief and action groups over the Christmas period have accused the government of failing to respond adequately to the needs of rough sleepers during the cold snap.
The Church of England has joined community and public broadcasting campaigners in urging the Government to uphold the prohibition on product placement in TV programmes, following commercial pressure to end it.
In his New Year Message, the Archbishop of Canterbury has urged reconsideration of the importance placed on material wealth, stressing the need to 'turn outwards' and appreciate the treasure of our fellow human beings instead.
UK-based development agency Christian Aid is making a New Year appeal to offset a drop in income. The NGO has been seriously affected by the recession and does not currently have enough funds to help all the people it planned to in 2010.
Anti-capital punishment and human rights NGO Reprieve has condemned in the strongest terms the latest state execution in China - that of a mentally ill Briton who supporters say was conned into drug smuggling.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have condemned police intimidation against members of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe during the past week. Christians, including clergy and bishops, were barred from entering their churches on Christmas Day.
In her Christmas message, the Rev Roberta Rominger, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, has talked of the harsh realities and disappointments of life in 2009 and linked them to the abiding promise of the Christmas story.
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams used his Christmas sermon to encourage people towards healthy mutual dependence rather than consumer driven self-assertion. He also said children were being forced into adulthood too fast.