It has now been confirmed that Ecumenical News International (ENInews) will not outlive the drastic financial reductions imposed by its two main sponsors, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), writes Michel Kocher, a journalist, director of Médias-pro in Lausanne, a member of the World Association of Christian Communication (WACC), and former president of ENInews.
Specialised news agencies such as ENInews need financial empowerment to sustain editorial independence. They need more support from churches and religious-backed organizations, says Peter Kenny. More importantly, they need backing from the mainstream secular community as well.
Church-backed self-help groups in Tajikistan and other parts of Central Asia are working to cope with migrant labour displacement and other social problems in an area that is both static and rapidly changing for citizens who struggle to cope with daily life.
A coalition of church-based aid and development agencies is backing a creative range of self-help initiatives in the former Soviet Central Asian republics, such as Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, which are often overlooked in the worldwide media.
Despite having a different faith tradition to the Christian majority in the United States, Muslim Americans share much in common with other US religious groups, including white evangelical Protestants, a new study has found.