Good Neighbours: How Churches Help Communities Flourish

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

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Isis, Hamas, Haiti and the Catholic church: on the use of 'death cults'

From Palestinian militants to the Japanese during WW2, the idea of the “death cult” has been politically useful long before Isis - Guardian

Priests take to the streets as Spain drops abortion plan

The Spanish government has dropped plans to make abortion illegal - Times

Religion can be 'dangerous and lethal', warns Bishop of London

Senior Church of England bishop says the church "has accommodated itself so much, and is so lacking in distinction" - Independent

Salmond stays away from service of reconciliation

Politicians from the Yes and No campaigns, including John Swinney lit a candle in a show of unity - Times

'We must urgently act to restore rigour to the teaching of RE'

Rev Nigel Genders, the Church of England's chief education officer writes about the importance of RE - TES Opinion

Archbishop Justin Welby's doubt in God 'welcomed' in Bristol

Archbishop Welby, who admitted that he sometimes doubts the existence of God, has been praised by the Diocese of Bristol - BBC

Leading climate scientists call on religious leaders to help save the environment

Scientists call for massive mobilisation inspired by the Vatican and other religions - Independent

Scotland: after the hatred, will we forgive and forget?

Scotland needs to be healed after a referendum contest largely based on enmity, not enlightenment - Telegraph

Cardinals reject Pope’s plan for communion for divorcees

Cardinals will publish a book rejecting Pope Francis' plan to reconsider allowing remarried divorcees to receive communion - Times

Police officer facing inquiry over death in custody 'wants to be church minister'

Metropolitan police officer under investigation over the death of a man in custody wants to become a Church of England minister - Guardian

The power of religion and prayer to head off climate disaster

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s prayer ahead of People’s Climate March warns that the global economy is destroying the web of life - Guardian

Welby admits to questioning God’s existence

The Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed that challenging situations have led him to question the existence of God regularly - Times

When women bishops come, here's where conservative Anglicans will go

The Anglican Mission in England looks like a support group. But if required, it could turn into rather more than that - Spectator

Benedictine monk tradition revived in Abergavenny

A new breed of modern-day monks is reviving a 1,000-year-old tradition by setting up a Church in Wales "monastery" - BBC

British imams urge every mosque to pray for captive

Imams have called on every mosque in the UK to hold a day of prayer for the British taxi driver threatened with beheading - Times

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