August 9, 2011

Communities unite in aftermath of riots

by Jan Harris

Following a night of violence in cities across the UK, communities are coming together to deal with the damage. The Prime Minister returned from his holiday after riots broke out in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol last night and is recalling Parliament following a meeting of the government’s emergency committee Cobra. Opinion is divided […]




August 8, 2011

Quakers commit to low carbon future

by Jan Harris

Britain’s Quakers committed to becoming a low-carbon, sustainable community at their annual Yearly Meeting at the University of Kent in Canterbury. The movement is drawing up an action plan and members will offer each other support in helping to achieve this aim. In a statement the movement said: “We can no longer ignore the fact […]




August 5, 2011

Tajikistan bans children from religious worship

by Jan Harris

Tajikstan’s latest move against the growth of Islamic fundamentalism in the country is the introduction of a law banning anyone under the age of 18 from worshipping in mosques, churches and synagogues. It also requires children to attend secular schools, and anyone providing religious education to children faces a custodial sentence. The bill, which was […]




August 4, 2011

Vicar says church doesn’t fit with modern lives

by Jan Harris

Dr Jeni Parsons, the rector of St. Katharine’s church in Matson, Gloucester says in an interview for BBC Radio Gloucestershire, that religion ‘no longer fits in with modern day life’. Dr Parsons suggests that pressures of modern life, including the need to earn money by working at the weekend, prevent people attending church. However, evidence […]




August 3, 2011

Brits donate £42m to Africa in three weeks

by Jan Harris

The desperate struggle to survive facing people in East Africa has touched the hearts of the British public, with £42m already contributed to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal. More than £1 million of this was donated via SMS text messages. The generosity of people in Britain was praised by the DEC’s chief executive Brendan […]




August 2, 2011

Vatican suspects political motive for Enda Kenny’s attack

by Jan Harris

An unnamed Vatican official has suggested that Enda Kenny’s recent attack on the Vatican over its handling of child sexual abuse cases, was a ploy to divert attention from the euro crisis. The publication of the Cloyne Report, which looked into the handling of alleged child sexual abuse by 19 clerics of the Catholic Diocese […]




August 1, 2011

Nomadic tent offers ‘taste of paradise’ during Edinburgh festival

by Jan Harris

A Persian Nomadic Tent will form the centrepiece of this year’s Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh, which runs from 6 – 29 August. The Festival of Spirituality offers a spiritual alternative to the main Edinburgh International Festival, which takes place from 12 August to 4 September 2011. It aims to ‘put the heart […]




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