June 30, 2010

One in nine historic churches in poor condition

by Sara Levy

One in nine churches on the listed buildings register are in poor or very bad condition, an England-wide survey has found. Research by English Heritage found 11% of historic church buildings are in desperate need of repair or maintenance. These churches need an estimated £925 million repair work over the next five years, English Heritage […]




June 29, 2010

Native American leader challenges “cowboy theology”

by Benjamin Graham

A Native American leader has urged churches in the US to challenge the “cowboy theology” pervasive among many Christians in the country. Richard Twiss, a member of the Lakota/Sioux tribe, said the church has historically been a “willing partner” in the oppression of Native Americans. Speaking at the founding meeting of the World Communion of […]




God’s Facebook status: ‘I love you’

by David Masters

If God used social networking websites, his Facebook and Twitter feeds would read “I love you”, the new Vice President of the Methodist Conference has claimed. Speaking at the Methodist Conference where she was inducted as Vice President, Deacon Eunice Attwood said: “If God had a Facebook page I think his status page would permanently […]




World leaders urged to listen to the poor and vulnerable

by David Masters

Religious leaders urged politicians at the G8 summit in Canada this weekend to listen to the voices of the weak and vulnerable. The 80 senior leaders representing nine faiths – Christian, Aboriginal, Bahai, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, and Sikh – said the G8 must do everything it can to ensure the UN Millennium Development Goals […]




June 22, 2010

Thousands gather for Stonehenge Summer Solstice

by Benjamin Graham

Thousands of revellers gathered at Stonehenge early yesterday morning for Summer Solstice to celebrate the sun rise over the ancient stones. Around 20,000 people gathered at the 5,000 year old stone circle, and were treated to the sun’s first appearance at a Solstice sunrise for seven years. “It has been quieter this year but it’s […]




June 21, 2010

Glasgow cyclists have their bicycles blessed

by David Masters

Cyclists in Scotland lined up outside St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow this weekend to have their bikes blessed. The ‘Blessing of the Bikes’ was the church’s way of getting involved with the Glasgow Cycling Festival. Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, gave his blessing to the bikes of all cyclists who […]




Archbishop attacks market mentality of bankers

by David Masters

The ongoing economic crisis was caused by a “market mentality” in the financial sector, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has claimed. Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols said a “gradual erosion of the duty of service to society” was to blame for the problems underlying the banking crisis. Writing in the […]




Catholic Mass goes hi-tech on the iPad

by Sara Levy

Catholic priests will soon be able to discard their missal in favour of an iPad. A new iPad app developed by an Italian priest and endorsed by the Vatican contains the complete Catholic missal, detailing every word spoken or sung at Mass during the liturgical year. Technology-savvy priests will be able to download the app […]




June 18, 2010

African church leaders defend World Cup vuvuzela horn

by David Masters

Church leaders in South Africa have defended the vuvuzela stadium horn that has gained notoriety at the 2010 World Cup. Dr Tinyiko Mauleke, president of the South African Council of Churches, said the horn is a “missile shaped weapon” and is forcing the world to hear African’s past sufferings. He explained: “In the 19th century, […]




Church leaders condemn banks

by David Masters

Church leaders in Northern Ireland have condemned banks for holding back economic recovery in the country. Leaders from the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, the Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church came together to accuse banks of acting in their own self-interest and forcing sound businesses to close. Many businesses are struggling to survive […]




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