Tagged with church

NEWS: Faith and Football

The Right Reverend Nick Baines and the Reverend Peter Moger have joined forces to create three prayers in advance of the World Cup, due to take place in South Africa this June. Working from Church House, Westminster, as part of the “rapid response prayer unit”, three prayers have been created to cater for all. Entitled … Continue reading

NEWS: (Un) Holy Matrimony?

The House of Lords has recently voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to be married. Although British Law has recognised civil partnerships since 2004, the proposed amendment to the Equality bill would go further and enable same-sex couples to be married in religious premises. Despite any discomfort some religious groups may feel, it should … Continue reading

NEWS: Religion and Coexistence/Existence in the 21st Century

Is the world becoming more religious or more secular? The secularization thesis (religion disappears with the rise of Modernity) has been challenged as the Christian “megachurch” phenomenon continues, radical Islam remains at the fore of public dialogue, and politicians continue to blur the lines between church and state as they invoke various religious aphorisms. Louis … Continue reading

NEWS: Religion and AIDS

Today marks the twenty-first World Aids Day, yet despite a massive growth in knowledge of the infection, its transmission and its treatment, people continue to become infected. Robert Pigott, Religious Affairs Correspondent for the BBC has looked at the problems faced by many religious communities when it comes to propagating the safe sex message, particularly … Continue reading

NEWS: Sacred Space on Craigslist?

On Sunday October 25, 2009 Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Greenpoint, Brooklyn celebrated its 110th anniversary. As this special occasion approached, the church’s pastor, Reverend Griffin Thomas, found himself in a position that many other pastors experience–he is the leader of a church with a steadily declining congregation. More troubling for Pastor Thomas, regular … Continue reading

NEWS: Update: The Episcopal Church and Gay Rights

Though it has been only a short time since the Episcopal Church’s July convention, where members voted to end the freeze on ordaining openly gay men and lesbians into the institution’s hierarchy (see the original post from July 17 here), church leaders in Minnesota and Los Angeles have already taken advantage of the kinder, gentler … Continue reading

NEWS: Christian-Muslim Tension Continues

Nine Christian students in Malaysia were arrested after a security guard at a university reported that the students were proselytizing by handing out pamphlets to Muslim students. Police are ready to release the students, after it was revealed that they were handing out surveys to other Christian students and not trying to convert Muslims, which … Continue reading

NEWS: Amish Group Battles Sewage Laws

The Swartzentruber Amish sect of Cambria County, Pennsylvania is involved in another legal dispute regarding the separation of church and state. Last seen in court in 2003, where it succeeded with the ACLU’s help in appealing a court order to affix orange reflective signs to their horse-drawn carriages, the group is now battling the state’s … Continue reading

NEWS: Fighting Racism in the Church

Last week the General Synod voted to introduce a ban on its members joining the British National Party. Such a ban is similar to that brought in by the Association of Chief Police Officers, ensuring that their members do not openly endorse a far-right/racist agenda. Although seen by many as a positive stance against racism, … Continue reading

NEWS: YouTube and the Pope

The Vatican, and indeed, the Roman Catholic Church are often seen as highly traditional institutions, arguably even staid and far removed from everyday life. In 1995, under Pope John Paul II, these venerable institutions made their first foray into cyberspace with the creation of a website http://www.vatican.va Now, it would seem Pope Benedict XVI has … Continue reading

NEWS: Who is the Koran’s Author?

As the famous French saying goes “revolutions devour their own children”. Abdulkarim Soroush is a case in point: the most prominent Iranian public intellectual, who was once appointed by Ayatollah Khomeini to bring Cultural Revolution and to Islamicize the Iranian universities, is now facing death threats for his “heretical” statements about the origin of the … Continue reading