A major inter-church organisation in the United States is urging people of faith join the debate on stem cell research in a constructive way, to raise necessary questions about human "enhancement", to affirm the human purposes of biotechnology, and to press for adequate regulation of the companies shaping the future of this crucial industry.
The Witness magazine, which has reflected a substantial history of Christian involvement in peace and justice issues dating back to its inception in 1917, is ceasing publication, the Episcopal Church Publishing Company (ECPC) board decided at its recent meeting in Washington DC, USA.
Bishop Marc Handley Andrus of the Episcopal Diocese of California in the USA has been arrested for blocking the front door of the San Francisco federal building to protest against the deaths caused by the Iraq war - writes Mary Frances Schjonberg for the Episcopal News Service (ENS).
The National Council of Churches USA has said that the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group "generally resonate" with church leaders' recommendations, and has urged President Bush and the United States Congress "to understand the opportunity presented by this report."
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) international policy committee has sent a message to the American government urging Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to increase efforts with the international community to establish peace, stability and political reform in Lebanon.