The president of the Madagascar's largest Protestant church has welcomed the release of two imprisoned church radio journalists, but warned they still face trial for allegedly colluding in an army mutiny.
The Independent's leading article the day the Synod completed its business is alive to the dynamic of the Gospel message and the contradictions of Christianity in a way that some within the household struggle to see, and importantly it is more than just critique. It is a proposal for an alternative path.
Some see the decline in the impact of mainstream religion as meaning people in the US have no interest in religion. That is not so, says Martin Marty, and the case of Pat Robertson proves the point. The attention he gets is less of a paradox than some think.
A a simple integrity can rebuke our culture's debased and profligate way with words, say Jill Segger. Restraint in communication is counter-cultural. Humanity is wisest when it recognises the best words as those taking flesh rather than fury.
Human rights activist and journalist Lauren Booth has been trapped illegally in the Gaza strip as a result of a legal campaign calling for an end to the Israeli government blockade there, say Palestinian activists.