On Friday 21 December 2012, starting at 4.45pm, St John's Church in Edinburgh (at the corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road, EH2 4BJ) hosts an Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre event with Ploughshares activist Fr Bill Bichsel and Leonna O’Neill of Faslane Peace Camp. This will be followed by a Christmas Party.
Four Christians have gone to the European Court of Human Rights to argue that Christians as a group are being discriminated against in the UK, notes Symon Hill. But it is one thing to argue for free expression, quite another to argue for the right to discriminate against same-sex couples. Meanwhile, other Christians have witnessed to their faith by preparing to go to prison for a protest aganist nuclear weapons - but that case has received far less attention.
I was dragged by police from the steps of St Paul's Cathedral as I knelt in prayer during the eviction of Occupy London Stock Exchange. The occupiers had arrived on the cathedral's doorstep after they were prevented from protesting closer to the Stock Exchange. The Occupy movement attracted a surprising degree of public sympathy and Christians, like others, were challenged to choose sides.