February 27, 2009

Bible gets Cockney rhyming slang update

by David Masters

A religious studies teacher in London has re-written Bible stories in Cockney rhyming slang. Keith Park rewrote a number of key stories – including Cain and Abel , Adam and Eve, and Samson and Delilah – in the east London lingo. “The stories are ideal for performance or equally for personal use. They are also […]

February 25, 2009

Bishops calls for ‘carbon fast’ during Lent

by David Masters

Two senior Church of England bishops have joined climate change minister, Ed Miliband, in urging people to reduce carbon emissions during Lent. UK Christians should cut their personal carbon use for the forty days up to Easter rather than giving up chocolate, Miliband said yesterday. “Scientists warn that climate change could hit all countries hard […]

February 24, 2009

Evangelicals: Church should welcome LGBT people

by David Masters

A coalition of Evangelical Christian groups has called upon churches to accept LGBT people (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) into their congregations. Accepting Evangelicals, Courage, the Network of Baptists Affirming Lesbian and Gay Christians and the Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian & Gay Christians have issued a joint statement saying that Evangelical churches need to face up […]

February 17, 2009

Recession a time to refocus priorities

by David Masters

The current recession could be the end of ‘selfish capitalism’, according to the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor told the Times this week that economic hardship ‘may be a good thing’ if it encourages people to look to family and friends for help rather than relying on […]

Worldwide concern over Iran’s Baha’i trial

by David Masters

Seven members of the Baha’i faith are to be brought to trial in Iran over charges of ‘spying for Israel’, insulting religious sanctities, and propaganda against the state. Adhering to the Baha’i faith is illegal in Iran, and there are fears that the seven people being brought to trial could face the death penalty. The […]

February 16, 2009

Hindu Temples should go green

by David Masters

A senior Hindu leader is calling for Hindu temples around the world to go green. Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said Hindu temples should take the lead on environmental issues in their local communities. Eco-friendly temples are a ‘toxic free’ sacred space, Zed said, being free from complicity in the destruction […]

February 12, 2009

Socially-just investment fund beats recession

by David Masters

At a time when the commercial finance markets find themselves battered by global recession, a church-backed micro credit agency is bucking the trend, increasing lending by one third over the past year. Netherlands-based Oikocredit, set up in 1975 by the Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC), offers a socially just means of investment for churches […]

Desmond Tutu wins global oneness award

by David Masters

Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu is be given an international award in honour of his “vision, understanding and building of bridges.” The Nobel Peace laureate and former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town will receive the Spiritual Leadership Award from global awakening movement Humanity’s Team. Humanity’s Team worldwide coordinating director, Steve Farrell, said: “Archbishop Tutu has dedicated […]

February 10, 2009

Israel questioned over bishops shut out of Gaza

by David Masters

Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Episcopal Church (TEC) have written to Israel asking it to explain why two bishops were refused entry into Gaza, whilst others in the church delegation were allowed to cross the border. Writing to Israel’s ambassador to the United States, ELCA presiding bishop, Rev. Mark […]

February 9, 2009

Blears: No proselytising with public money

by David Masters

Community Secretary Hazel Blears believes churches and other faith groups are ideally placed to help those struggling in the current economic crisis. However, she warned that faith groups using public money should not use their outreach work as a chance to ‘proselytise’. Faith groups given public money must offer their services to all people, regardless […]

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