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The Chile earthquake - updates and assistance

The Chile earthquake - updates and assistance

Watching a tragedy from afar can leave you feeling helpless. But the facilities of the 'instant media' era are not just voyeuristic - they can make a vital difference - securing information, soliciting donations and assisting prompt and better targeted responses from NGOs and international bodies.

Standing by 'biblical truth'?

When televangelist Pat Robertson made his much decried comments last month about the Haiti earthquake being divine punishment for a "pact with the devil", critics and defenders alike took him at his word that he was asserting a "biblical view". This just goes to show how little we know.

Citizen ethics in a time of crisis

Citizen ethics in a time of crisis

Ethics. Ah yes, a county just outside London, the old joke goes. But seriously, ethical discussion in Britain is remarkably thin at the moment. That's why a new initiative to stimulate proper debate, launched today, has the potential to be so refreshing.

Lent from Ekklesia? Couldn't be easier

Lent from Ekklesia? Couldn't be easier

Lent is about redirecting our lives in the way of peace, justice and openness to God, other people and the earth. A tough challenge... but we're trying to make it easier.

Changing politics for good

Changing politics for good

Once in a generation, people get a chance to make radical and significant changes to the country's political fabric, says Power 2010. This is such a time.

Blair sneaks in early

Blair sneaks in early

The former British prime minister, Tony Blair, avoided the media by sneaking in early to the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war this morning. He used the back entrance. Ekklesia's reporter Symon Hill went in at the front.

Subversive memory

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks offered a moving, reflective and hopeful 'Thought for the Day' on BBC Radio 4 this morning, highlighting the courage and resistance of those trapped in the Warsaw ghetto under the Nazis

Sign the petition to drop Haiti's debt

Sign the petition to drop Haiti's debt

As well as responding to the devastating earthquake in Haiti with immediate relief, Christian Aid are calling for the full cancellation of Haiti's debt of US$890 million.

Misrepresenting equality... and Christianity

Misrepresenting equality... and Christianity

With some bishops and hardline campaigning groups up in arms about the Equality Bill, you might think that Christianity per se had some basic problem with equality and social justice.

Listening to global voices

Listening to global voices

Citizen-based media is revolutionising the way we see, understand and respond to tragedies like that unfolding in post-earthquake Haiti. And not just in terms of speed.