UK News

  • October 24, 2007

    Former PM Tony Blair is meeting religious leaders confidentially to establish plans for an international inter-faith foundation to promote greater cooperation between the faiths and to work against extremism practiced in the name of religion.

  • October 23, 2007

    The Church of England is backing messages of the Energy Saving Trust as a partner in Energy Saving Week, which runs from 22 – 28 October. The Church's own carbon-cutting campaign, Shrinking the Footprint, aims to reduce carbon impact.

  • October 23, 2007

    Difference between faiths and life-stances do not have to lead to division, but can be part of a rich blend of perspectives working for the common good, says a leading Christian service agency responding to a bridge building letter from Muslim scholars.

  • October 23, 2007

    Publicly-funded schools sponsored by the church do not set out to indoctrinate pupils or promote a particular philosophy, says the Archbishop of Canterbury. But critics say they can still discriminate and inhibit social mixing.

  • October 22, 2007

    Gay Christians have been presented with an award for their work in combating homophobia. The award was given to the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) following their support for a controversial advert.

  • October 22, 2007

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the world's 77 million Anglicans, has endorsed a strong statement against religiously sanctioned violence by Pope Benedict at an inter-faith peace conference in Naples this weekend.

  • October 22, 2007

    Britain's Methodists, who have suffered a decline in membership in recent years, along with other historic UK Christian denominations, will invest more in pioneer congregations under the 'Fresh Expressions' programme, the October Methodist council agreed.

  • October 21, 2007

    With shoppers about to be deluged by a flood of pre-Christmas consumer messages, an unusual tree decoration is being promoted by an ornament company in York - a bauble featuring the face of their local Anglican Archbishop.

  • October 20, 2007

    Hard-line Christian groups who say mild-mannered Harry Potter is an occult conspiracy are unlikely to be reassured by news that one of its key characters is gay - even though JK Rowling has confirmed the series is based on Christian themes.

  • October 20, 2007

    An opinion survey due to be launched next week indicates that a vast majority of churchgoers think the church should play a grassroots role in tackling gun and knife crime, following recent initiatives from Black churches.