In a report for the Church Urban Fund, Paul Bickley argues that churches tackle the relational deficit blighting deprived communities.
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Religion in the Media
A daily roundup of media stories about religion.
The boundary is being blurred between fair criticism and hatred in a thin disguise - Telegraph
Most British Pakistanis are appalled at the horrors of Rotherham, but they have to confront the attitudes that cause it - Times
Wine venture approved by Utah in Hildale where breakaway sect owns land - Telegraph
One of the oldest churches in Myanmar, also known as Burma, is struggling to keep going - BBC
Worshippers in Uffington, Lincolnshire, wanted their oak altar to double up as a place to “serve refreshments” - Telegraph
Billed as a cultural celebration, JW3 will feature performances from Sol Bernstein, Josh Howie, and David Baddiel - Independent
Sister Christine Frost on why young men from Tower Hamlets are going to fight in Iraq and Syria - Spectator
Pretending that the danger comes only from the devout could cost lives. - New Statesman
Most halal meat in Britain comes from stunned animals, but some Muslims refuse to accept the practice - Times
A star on the US evangelical scene, Beeching found stress of being gay in almost intolerable and became seriously ill. - Guardian
Christian doctor who has been cured from Ebola virus. - Telegraph
Cricket match to be held between Anglican and Vatican teams - Times
The Muslim Council of Britain is not a responsible body for government to consult - Times
Ian Burrell: Religion is a hot topic in the wider world but, with a few exceptions, television is so
Religious coverage needs to go beyond the bizarre and the dangerous - Independent
It must be lovely for people such as Dr Kent Brantly to be so sure of God's existence. For the rest of us, it's not so easy - Guardian