Free Church denominations have called for justice and compassion for asylum seekers, following a statement from Immigration Minister Phil Woolas criticising human rights groups and lawyers for assisting the vulnerable.
The Baptist Union, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church are calling for churches and governments to mark the International Day of Peace by praying and working for peace in the Indian State of Orissa and Georgia.
The Methodist Church in Britain has joined other churches and NGOs in calling for urgent support and prayer for thousands of hard-pressed Christians in India as violence flares across the state of Orissa.
The Methodist and United Reformed Churches have together voiced their concern about increasing levels of violence and political intimidation, linked to the delay in announcing the result of Zimbabwe’s presidential election.
In the face of growing political instability and desperate food shortages in Zimbabwe, The Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) is supporting an appeal through ACT International (Action by Churches Together) that will distribute emergency food supplies to vulnerable households.
Amid passionate public debate on bioethics, stem cell research. the use of embryos and abortion, the Methodist Church is taking a careful investigative approach to 'early life' ethical concerns based on both scientific and theological data.
As Britain gets into gear for the new year after an extended holiday season which often includes an excess of food and drink, a church known for its temperance stance has called on the government to rethink alcohol licensing laws.
The Church of Scotland has resolutely rejected the 'war on terror' language being used in some political quarters in discussions about the future of Pakistan following the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto.
The Methodist Church in Britain has pronounced A Word in Time, the online Bible study for daily life, launched at the beginning of September 2007, "hugely successful", and is extending the programme to reach a wider audience.