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

A daily roundup of media stories about religion.

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A new strain of anti-Semitism is on the rise

The boundary is being blurred between fair criticism and hatred in a thin disguise - Telegraph

Muslims must tackle the misogyny in their midst

Most British Pakistanis are appalled at the horrors of Rotherham, but they have to confront the attitudes that cause it - Times

Polygamist mormon sect stronghold to get a winery

Wine venture approved by Utah in Hildale where breakaway sect owns land - Telegraph

The last Armenians of Myanmar

One of the oldest churches in Myanmar, also known as Burma, is struggling to keep going - BBC

Church banned from using altar to serve cups of tea

Worshippers in Uffington, Lincolnshire, wanted their oak altar to double up as a place to “serve refreshments” - Telegraph

Comedy festival out to show that there’s more to Jewish humour than rabbi jokes

Billed as a cultural celebration, JW3 will feature performances from Sol Bernstein, Josh Howie, and David Baddiel - Independent

The nun who took down an Isis flag – and stands up for east London's Muslims

Sister Christine Frost on why young men from Tower Hamlets are going to fight in Iraq and Syria - Spectator

What the jihadists who bought “Islam for Dummies” on Amazon tell us about radicalisation

Pretending that the danger comes only from the devout could cost lives. - New Statesman

Animals to be stunned and revived in halal experiment

Most halal meat in Britain comes from stunned animals, but some Muslims refuse to accept the practice - Times

Christian singer Vicky Beeching: 'I knew I was gay when I was 13' – video

A star on the US evangelical scene, Beeching found stress of being gay in almost intolerable and became seriously ill. - Guardian

Faith sent Dr Kent Brantly to fight Ebola – and it gave him the strength to accept God's will

Christian doctor who has been cured from Ebola virus. - Telegraph

Lord’s XI go in to bat against Vatican

Cricket match to be held between Anglican and Vatican teams - Times

Counsel of Immoderation

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

If God saved an American doctor with Ebola, why did he let 1,200 Africans die?

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

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