In times of exploding budget deficits and unemployment figures, migrants are often used as scapegoats for all the ailings and failings of society, says Annegret Kapp. But the churches are responding boldly to the call to combat fear and prejudice.
We need to be vigilant to be sure that budget day is not also doomsday for local communities, especially the vulnerable for whom community and faith organisations exist, says Vaughan Jones, probing behind the government's 'big society' rhetoric and asking how the civil sector will be resourced and supported in a constrained market environment.
As the global climate changes, millions of people will be uprooted by sea-level rise, extreme weather events, droughts and water scarcity, says Annegret Kapp. It is vital to start talking about our moral, legal and practical obligations to them.