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The Government must take urgent action in response to a report showing a rise in the number of problem gamblers, say a group of Churches.
Methodists and Quakers have criticised government plans for minimum pricing of alcoholic drinks, insisting they will do little to tackle alcohol-related problems.
Christian students from across Britain are gathering for the Student Christian Movement conference - the first since last year's surge in student activism.
The Methodist Council has discussed a damning new report on poverty, which claims that there are an estimated 13.5 million people living in poverty in the UK.
The "Poverty of Ambition? Churches and a Politics of Hope conference hosted by the Joint PUblic Issues Team took place in Birbingham on 22 January 2011.
A vote on new social housing measures was taken two hours before the end of the consultation period. Church groups now fear their submissions will be ignored.
The Methodist President has called on people to make Christmas "a generous and safe space to all for whom [it] is full of painful memories, grief and hardship."
The political journalist and comentator Will Hutton will give the keynote address at a day conference hosted by the Joint Public Issues Team on 22 January 2011.
Britain's Methodist are planning a national student conference at a time of of uncertainty and controversy for the UK's students, following huge fee increases.
On Sunday 5 December, Methodists in Britain are backing a call from India to show solidarity with discriminated-against Dalits across the world.