The evangelist J. John gave the final talk of his "Just10" series at
Lincoln Cathedral a fortnight ago. About 4000 people have attended the ten-week
mission, which has been relayed across the county.
Matilda Taylor-Young with the Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Revd
Nicolas Reade (centre), and the Revd Tim Bugby SSC at the festival of
the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament at St Alban’s, Holborn in London
Hatred Bill returns
THE Evangelical Alliance this week warned against the Government's
re-introduction of the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill. The Bill has been
rigorously contested by a coalition group, including a range of religious
organisations and the comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson. The provisions of the
new Bill were not passed by the last parliament.
Equality Bill condemned
THE Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement this week condemned
provisions of the Government's Equality Bill, which could, in certain
circumstances, exempt faith schools from charges of harassment and
FOUR CHRISTIANS were convicted at Bow Street magistrates' court in London
last week after a protest against the continuing occupation of Iraq. On 28
December last year - Holy Innocents' Day - Liz Yates, Scott Albrecht, Chris
Cole, and Fr Martin Newell attempted to dig "graves" in the front lawn of the
Ministry of Defence.
DELEGATES from 14 Anglican organisations took part in a
partnership day organised by Inclusive Church at All Saints', Fulham, a
fortnight ago. The organisations agreed to be present at this month's ACC
meeting to comment on "a process of genuinely listening to and seeking to
understand the experience and theological positions of lesbian and gay
Christians - a process that has been woefully lacking to date".
Churches back democracy in Bolivia
PROTESTANT leaders in Bolivia spoke last week in favour of
democracy. "Despite its great limitations, it is preferable to any
authoritarian solution," wrote leaders of the Lutheran, Presbyterian and
Pentecostal Churches, in an open letter, ENI reports. They called for a new
assembly, which has been delayed by the controlling political parties, to go
'Get real,' Muslim tells interfaith meeting
INTERFAITH dialogue must deal with the harsh realities of everyday
life, the Islamic scholar Dr Tariq Ramadan told a World Council of Churches
conference last week. Last year, Dr Ramadan was denied access to the US
on security grounds. Speaking to leaders from a number of faiths, he said: "It
is easy here to trust one another, but in our daily life it is not."
Gaza summer camp hit by raiders
A SUMMER camp for Palestinian teenagers in the Khan Yunis refugee
camp in Gaza was postponed on Monday when three armed raiders broke into
buildings run by Christian Aid's partner, the Culture and Free Thought
Association. They smashed computers and caused severe damage.