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Religious polemics migrate to cyberspace

New technology has always played a part in religious polemics and in the sense of identity generated through the heated exchange of opinion, says Adam Darlage. Consider Luther and the Catholics, and also what we see happening in cyberspace today.

The struggle between good and bad religion

The struggle between good religion and bad religion is at a crucial juncture on te domestic and global stage, says Giles Fraser. He believes the Quilliam Foundation, a new Muslim think tank, can make a positive contribution.

Churches announce international Israel Palestine peace initiative

The World Council of Churches is inviting member churches and others to join a week of advocacy and action for a just peace in Palestine and Israel. Participants will contribute to a common global witness for peace in early June 2008.

Outrage at Burma junta's emergency aid obstruction

Development agencies and United Nations officials are exasperated at the obstructiveness of the Burmese junta toward an international aid effort aimed at bringing desperately needed supplies to victims of the recent cyclone.

Christian Research data defended, but church decline continues

The Christian Research organisation, whose latest data survey on the decline of UK church attendance has annoyed the Church of England, has defended its work against accusations of being misleading.

What’s God got to do with it?: Down to earth theology for the front line
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The very word ‘theology’ is a turn-off for many activists. Too often, theology seems abstract and disconnected from the reality of day to day community work.

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US Evangelicals seek path beyond political sectarianism

A group of 70 major American Evangelical leaders have issued a manifesto which they hope will promote better conversation within their tradition, and a more positive public profile for evangelical Christianity in the United States.

Cardinal calls for new dialogue between believers and non-believers

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has called for an improved dialogue between believers and non-believers to establish the shared values of British society.

Catholic justice and peace body condemns Zimbabwe election commission

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) can now no longer be relied upon as a "neutral and nonpartisan electoral umpire", according a statement from the Justice and Peace Commission of the Zimbabwean Catholic Bishops' Conference.

Archbishop and Pope talk about Christian-Muslim relations

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has described his private meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican earlier this week as "friendly and informal". They talked for an hour, especially about Christian-Muslim relations.

Are Christians facing discrimination?

Constant Christian claims of discrimination don't hold water, says Joanthan Bartley. They are used to excuse privilege, and evade the more demanding self-giving dynamic of the Gospel.

British public urged to give 'desperately needed' aid to Burma

Teams from Disasters Emergency Committee member agencies, along with flights of emergency relief items, are now reaching those affected by Cyclone Nargis. DEC is calling for urgent donations to the DEC Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal.

Land of hope and glory?

The notion and shape of 'the land' means many things to many people, as the contradictory responses to this 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel are showing. Simon Barrow looks at the relationship between rootedness and aspiration.

Middle East peace needs respect for history, say Christian leaders

An unprecedented range of leaders from all sections of the Christian community have come together to affirm the right of both Israelis and Palestinians for a just and peaceful future - after years of division and violence.

Methodists join growing Burma emergency relief effort

As the death toll from the Burma cyclone continues to rise dramatically, possibly to around 100,000, the Methodist Church and the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) in Britain have launched an emergency appeal for funds.

UCB News Feed

Soul Survivor launches Hope08 mission

Tearfund launches inspirational Freedom resource pack for churches

Gaza Baptist Church released

Translators return to Sudan, volunteers are needed

G7 rich countries urged to keep promises to poor nations

Palestinians reach a deal in principle

Love the world's poor on Valetines Day

House Church Prayer Meeting Raided in Jiangsu Province, China

More rains forecast for flooded Jakarta; believers reaching out

Jesus webpage attracts thousands of visitors

Congo's new government tackles challenges

Easter People promises to bow out in 'cracking' style

Voice Of Christians Reaches Capitol Hill!

Amazing Grace to inspire fresh generation of campaigners

Mercy Ships Wraps Up Ghana Outreach With Pastors Unity conference

Christian radio is having an impact on Colombian guerrillas

'Don't believe all you read about Asylum Seekers in the British Press'

German Evangelical Alliance's Week of Prayer Takes to The Streets

New appointment vital to the fresh expressions agenda

UCB International News Feed

Christian Aid launches Burma Cyclone Appeal
$ltP>Christian Aid today launched an appeal to help those left without shelter, food or water in Burma after Cyclone Nargis hit the country.
Reaching out to Cyclone Survivors
$ltP>A Gospel for Asia Bible college in Rangoon, Burma, (Yangon, Myanmar) is now a makeshift shelter for those devastated by Cyclone Nargis, which swept across the country Saturday.
World's largest prayer meeting gathers momentum
$ltP>This Pentecost Sunday, 11 May, millions of Christians, from 210 nations around the world will be gathering to worship and pray for God?s kingdom to come on earth as part of the fourth Global Day of Prayer.
Archbishop Leads Zimbabwe Protest
$ltP>LONDON (ANS) -- Britain's Archbishop of York has urged members of Zimbabwe's security forces not to prop up President Robert Mugabe's regime.
C of E Archbishops make joint plea on Zimbabwe
$ltP>The Anglican Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a joint statement in support of the strong voice of fellow Christians in Zimbabwe, as the country's post-election crisis appears to be worsening.
Chinese bookstore owner re-arrested
$ltP>China continues to crack down on what they call illegal Christian activity in the country.

UCB UK News Feed

Soul Survivor launches Hope08 mission

Tearfund launches inspirational Freedom resource pack for churches

Love the world's poor on Valetines Day

Jesus webpage attracts thousands of visitors

Easter People promises to bow out in 'cracking' style

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