Archives for January 2012

In London, Occupy movement says Jesus would join them

[USPG] Residents of the Occupy London camp outside St. Paul’s Cathedral are challenging church and society to consider their stance on global economics. Speaking to the U.K.-based USPG mission agency, residents of the campsite – now passed its 100th day – were clear in their belief that Christians should stand on the side of the […]

Ecumenical group cites increased attacks on Palestinian villages

[Ecumenical News International, Asira Al-Qibliya, West Bank] The homes at the edge of this Palestinian village are located a few hundred meters from houses in the Jewish settlement of Yitzhar. But the relationship is anything but neighborly. On a late January tour of the Palestinian village led by representatives of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in […]

Slain Ugandan gay rights activist honored one year on

ENS video highlights retired bishop's ministry of equality

[Episcopal News Service] About 100 Ugandan gay rights activists and mourners gathered Jan. 26 to commemorate the first anniversary of the murder of David Kato. Kato, former advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), was found bludgeoned to death at his home outside Kampala on Jan. 26, 2011. The local police initially put the motive […]

Churches worldwide observe week of prayer for unity

[Ecumenical News International] Churches around the world observed a week of prayer from Jan. 18-25, holding special worship services and gatherings that emphasized what Christians hold in common. This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity centered on the scriptural theme, “We will all be changed by the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ,” from […]

Church leaders in Wales unite against change in organ donation law

[Church in Wales] The leaders of three church denominations in Wales are joining forces to oppose the Welsh government’s proposals to change the law on organ donation. Leaders of the Church in Wales, the Roman Catholic Church and the Wales Eastern Orthodox Mission on Jan. 23 sent a joint response to the government on its […]

Wales’ finest stained glass gets window online

[Church of Wales] Anyone interested in church history can now view and research more than 2,000 stained glass windows from hundreds of churches in Wales online. From medieval to modern, the windows have been photographed and catalogued in a project by the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. The website allows […]

Churches in India decry Kashmir court order targeting Christians

[Ecumenical News International] Churches in India have decried the verdict of an Islamic court in Kashmir that ordered the expulsion of Christians, including a Protestant pastor and a Dutch Catholic missionary, and recommended government control of Christian schools. “This is totally unacceptable,” Samuel Jayakumar, a spokesperson for the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), […]

Kenyan faith leaders urge calm after court indicts politicians

[Ecumenical News International, Nairobi, Kenya] Faith leaders in Kenya called for calm after the International Criminal Court in The Hague committed to trial high-ranking politicians for crimes against humanity in connection with violence following elections in 2007. Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, fellow presidential candidate William Ruto, cabinet secretary Francis Muthaura and radio journalist Joshua Sang […]

Archbishops suggest ‘open-ended engagement’ with breakaways

[Episcopal News Service] Archbishops Rowan Williams of Canterbury and John Sentamu of York have suggested that the Church of England and the Anglican Communion ought to be in “an open-ended engagement” with the Anglican Church in North America. The organization is made up of individuals and groups that have left the Episcopal Church and the […]

Sudan churches encounter more hostility after independence

[Ecumenical News International] Christians and churches in Sudan are facing increased restrictions and hostility, since the secession of the southern part of the country six months ago, according to some church leaders. The leaders are highlighting arrests and abduction of Christians and threats directed at clergy, while warning of more challenges when the country implements […]