Today the organised ecumenical movement among Christians, seeking common witness and social justice, is seen by many as a failing, lost or irrelevant cause, says Keith Clements. But in a divided world, the case for a genuine search for unity among the churches in these islands and beyond is stronger than ever and needs radically renewing.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has welcomed a speech by the UK Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in which he affirmed the role of faith in society. But others warn of a too-cosy relationship.
Churches in Britain and Ireland will observe a ‘Time for Creation’ between 1 September and 4 October, in the run-up to the next United Nations climate change summit due to take place in Copenhagen at the end of the year.
Oikocredit, the worldwide co-operative which challenges churches and others to share their resources through socially responsible investments, has become a 'body in association' with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
Britain’s black communities have still to throw off the mentality of slavery and need to invest in the future of its young people and rediscover their self-confidence, leading US civil rights campaigner the Rev Jesse Jackson says.
Religiously constructed rows over sorcery, metaphor and meaning in Harry Potter are hardly new, as Simon Barrow has personal reason to know. He suggests we all chill out and finding meaning not menace in the narrative.
The head of the World Council of Churches will visit churches, faith initiatives and ecumenical bodies in Britain and Ireland in April-May. He will meet both enthusiasm and the struggle of post-Christendom.