July 15, 2011

London’s homes overcrowed warns Shelter

by Jan Harris

Shelter is calling on London Mayor Boris Johnson to tackle the rising problem of overcrowding in the capital. Shelter says that the latest English Housing Survey figures show that nearly a quarter of the children living in London are in overcrowded accommodation, compared with just 6 per cent in 2008. In the social housing sector, […]

July 14, 2011

Church of England worshippers on endangered list

by Jan Harris

At its National Assembly on Tuesday, the Church of England was issued with dire warnings that it could soon die out unless it attracts new members urgently. The average age of the Church of England’s members is 61 and the General Synod in York was warned that membership will soon start to fall dramatically as […]

July 13, 2011

Group calls for government to tackle Najib on human rights

by Jan Harris

Human rights group Amnesty International wants the UK government to challenge Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia on the issue of freedom of assembly, when he visits the UK this week The move follows the death of a protestor in Kuala Lumpur at the weekend, amid allegations of police brutality. Over 1,600 people were arrested as […]

July 12, 2011

Human Rights court supports Christians

by Jan Harris

There has been much in the news lately about Christians being prevented from following their beliefs in public life. Four of these cases have now won the support of the European Court of Human Rights, which has decided that Christians should be able to follow their beliefs in the workplace. It is calling for more […]

July 11, 2011

Church calls for News Corp execs to be accountable

by Jan Harris

The Church of England’s ethical investment committee has written to Rupert Murdoch calling on him to ensure senior executives at News International are held responsible for management failures relating to the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Murdoch has closed the 168 year-old title down over allegations that it hacked into the voicemails of celebrities, […]

July 8, 2011

Relief agencies launch famine appeal

by Jan Harris

Those of us who remember the heart-breaking images on our television screens in 1984, as drought and famine in Ethiopia killed over a million people, hoped never to see them again, but a humanitarian crisis is unfolding across the east and Horn of Africa once more. Relief agencies are calling for help to prevent what […]

July 7, 2011

Israel to bulldoze last remaining Palestinian village

by Jan Harris

A battle is raging over the derelict village of Lifta, a thriving community prior to Israel’s occupation of Palestine during the 1948 war when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their homes. The village, now comprising 55 derelict stone houses, is a potent symbol of Palestine’s hopes that it might one day reoccupy […]

July 6, 2011

Ipsos MORI survey highlights continuing importance of religion

by Jan Harris

Living in Britain, which is generally perceived to be a secular society, it is easy to think that religion has little part to play in life today, but 70 per cent of people recently surveyed by Ipsos MORI reported having a religion. Over 18,000 people in 24 countries took part in the Global @dvisor survey, […]

July 5, 2011

Welfare reforms could make 40,000 families homeless

by Jan Harris

Government proposals to cap total household benefits at £500 a week could lead to 20,000 families becoming homeless, according to a letter leaked to the Observer newspaper. This would double the estimated 20,000 families at risk of losing their homes as a result of other benefit changes. The letter, from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to […]

July 4, 2011

Projects mark King James Bible’s 400th anniversary

by Jan Harris

Christian groups are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in projects that range from using the latest technology to modern day scribes. Methodist groups have returned to the Bible’s roots to create a handwritten Bible which will be bound in 31 volumes and will be available to view in a nationwide tour. […]

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