People of all beliefs and none are swinging behind a ‘Yes’ vote in the 3 March referendum in Wales on giving full law-making powers to the Welsh Assembly – with the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia being the latest to back the move.
The Christian thinktank Ekklesia has welcomed the news that the government is to push ahead with implementing a change in the law to allow religious premises and religious language to be used in same-sex civil partnership ceremonies in England and Wales.
Governments and agencies in the C21st “need to radically re-orient their policies away from armed force and violence as the prime determinants of social change,” says the beliefs and values think-tank Ekklesia, in the wake of the latest developments in Egypt and elsewhere.
A leading commentator on Middle East issues has said that faith and civic leaders in the region have a responsibility to challenge "regimes that muzzle and polarise their peoples" along with the "religious totalitarianism" that fuels violence, discrimination and hatred towards minorities.
The Christian thinktank Ekklesia says that the new 'Equal Love Campaign', with legal challenges aimed at securing the right to same-sex marriage and heterosexual civil partnerships, highlight once more the ”long overdue” need to overhaul the system of marriage law in the UK.
The scrap among the main political parties and the media focus on protest violence has taken public attention away from the purpose and future of public universities in the UK, says beliefs and values thinktank Ekklesia.
A group of Christians in public life, including ministers and theologians, have launched a new network to oppose government cuts in public spending and welfare provision. They criticise the Coalition’s ‘Big Society’ rhetoric as vacuous and misleading.
Public gaffes made by Pope Benedict and his retired senior adviser Cardinal Kasper, in aligning atheism with Nazism and describing Britain’s social mix as being ‘like a Third World country’ show that the church needs to re-learn how to communicate by listening not lecturing, says the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia.