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  • 4 May 2009

    Over 2,000 people have been gathering at the Baptist Union of Great Britain and BMS World Mission's annual assembly in Bournemouth, which ends today. The meeting marks 400 years since the first Baptist church was formed in Amsterdam.

  • 4 May 2009

    Many who have committed their lives to working for change and justice in the world simply dismiss Jesus' teachings about nonviolence as impractical idealism, says Walter Wink. This is because they have not understood their true subversive nature and context.

  • 4 May 2009

    Pope Benedict XVI has met privately with a delegation of Canadian native people to express his sorrow for the abuse suffered by indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. The meeting took place at the end of last week.

  • 3 May 2009

    The men at the helm of the UK’s ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms may be boardroom Titans, but few outside the profession have heard of them. Christian Aid hopes that is all about to change, however, with its latest call to action for its supporters

  • 2 May 2009

    To mark World Press Freedom Day (3 May 2009) the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) has issued a global statement affirming freedom of the press and condemning censorship and harassment of reporters

  • 2 May 2009

    The Methodist Church has circulated guidance among church leaders in the event of an H1N1 flu pandemic in the UK. Anglican, Catholic, Free Church and independent church leaders are asking people not to overreact to the media hype.

  • 1 May 2009

    In a keynote presentation to a conference in Cambridge on Bank Holiday Monday, an international economist and former advisor to the Treasury will argue that banks ‘too-big-to-fail’ are ‘too big to exist’.

  • 1 May 2009

    Organisations working for a reversal of the tide of violence in the Middle East welcomed the end of the six-year British military mission in Iraq yesterday, and called for continued investment in development, peacebuilding and change.

  • 1 May 2009

    More than 200 young people from many faith backgrounds, travelling from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Tanzania and the United States, gathered this month at the Kenya Youth Peace Summit in Nairobi.

  • 1 May 2009

    Like many Palestinians living in occupied territory, the Nassars have endured harassment, threats and attacks from nearby settlers, says Emma Halgren. But their response, and that of others, has challenged the cycle of hatred and violence.

  • 30 Apr 2009

    Christians in eastern Germany have launched a campaign to mark the 20th anniversary of the peaceful revolution that overthrew communism, with a light sculpture shone onto the walls of the regional parliament building in Erfurt.

  • 30 Apr 2009

    The government suffered a humiliating defeat as MPs backed a resolution calling for former Gurkhas to be allowed to settle in the UK without restriction, raising further questions about rights for soldiers and unjust immigration policies.

  • 30 Apr 2009

    Amnesty International has marked US President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office by alalysing his record on security and urging him to fulfill his promise to close Guantánamo Bay and to do more to stamp out torture.

  • 30 Apr 2009

    The UK evangelical development charity Tearfund is urging US President Barack Obama to build on the success of his 100 days in office by turning his attention to the upcoming Copenhagen summit on climate change with renewed vigour.

  • 30 Apr 2009

    Fundamental reforms are urgently needed at the British government-owned investment company, CDC Group plc, which is supposed to reduce global poverty, UK-based international development agency Christian Aid says today.