News in brief

02 November 2006

Just message
 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 last week

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 intimidation.

Christians convicted
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.

Inclusive gathering
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 ahead.

'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.

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