February 15, 2010

Churches worldwide mark Autism Sunday

by Benjamin Graham

Churches around the world yesterday marked Autism Sunday, an international day of prayer for people with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Christians across the globe attended special church services to remember the 60 million people with autism. The event was set up in 2002 by Ivan and Charika Corea, who have a son with autism, as […]

Radio station showcases unsigned Christian bands

by David Masters

Christian radio station Premier Gospel is on the lookout for talented Christian musicians who have yet to sign with a record label. “Live and Unsigned”, a new Saturday morning show at the station, is running a competition to find the best unsigned Christian artists in the UK. Presented by singer-songwriter Loretta Fenton, the competition will […]

February 12, 2010

Church criticises TV for religious programming cuts

by David Masters

The governing body of the Church of England has expressed “deep concern” about the small number of hours being given to religious programmes on television. General Synod passed a motion condemning cuts in religious broadcasting on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Five. Nigel Holmes, who put forward the motion, praised the “strong” religious programming […]

Church weddings falling out of fashion

by Sara Levy

Less than a third of UK weddings took place in a church or as a religious ceremony during 2008, the lowest ever recorded figure. During that year, there were 156,290 civil ceremonies, compared to just 76,700 religious ceremonies. This is the first time that fewer than one third of weddings have been religious ceremonies. Just […]

February 10, 2010

Hundreds campaign against gay conversion therapy

by David Masters

A newly established Facebook group set up to campaign against ‘conversion therapy’ for homosexual people has already attracted nearly 1,000 members. The group, Stop Conversion Therapy Taskforce (SCOTT), was set up by Patrick Strudwick, an investigative journalist who subjected himself to ‘treatment’ by two therapists. Conversion therapy is a controversial practice which aims to ‘cure’ […]

February 8, 2010

Egypt restores world’s oldest monastery

by Benjamin Graham

Egypt has completed the restoration of what is believed to be the world’s oldest Christian monastery, Saint Anthony’s. The 1,600 year old site near Suez City re-opened to visitors this week after a five year renovation project costing $14 million (£9 million). Two main churches, the monk’s quarters, an ancient wall and a tower have […]

BibleFresh encourages a fresh look at God’s word

by David Masters

Christians across the UK are working together to reinvigorate the Bible for the 21st century. BibleFresh, a coalition of more than 50 Christian organisations including the Evangelical Alliance, Scripture Union, and the Bible Society, aims to spread the message that the Bible remains as relevant and transformation as it has been for hundreds of years. […]

February 5, 2010

Anti-Semitism on the rise in the UK

by Sara Levy

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK reached record levels last year in the wake of Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip. The Community Security Trust (CST), which works with Britain’s 300,000 Jews on safety issues, said it had been notified of 924 anti-Semitic incidents in 2009. This is the highest figure since records […]

February 3, 2010

China opposed to Obama meeting Dalai Lama

by Benjamin Graham

China has warned US President Barack Obama that relations between the two countries will be damaged if he meets with the Dalai Lama. According to speculation, the President is due to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader later this month, though no date has been confirmed. Zhu Weiqun, spokesperson for China’s Communist Party, said if the […]

Facebook and Twitter an “exciting opportunity” for Christians

by Sara Levy

The Methodist Council is encouraging Christians to use social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter as tools for positive engagement with those outside the church. The Council, which oversees the running of the British Methodist Church, is urging church representatives to use new media creatively, and is publishing guidelines on the best ways to […]

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