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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Britain has forgotten its debt to the Christians of Iraq

The ancestors of Assyrian Christians repented of hedonism, and God saved them: modern Ninevites do the same, and God has preserved them, until now - Telegraph

Britain must lead war on religious intolerance, say peers

The world is experiencing a "global crisis" of repression of religious freedom and Britain should lead a "diplomatic war" say peers - BBC

Pope Francis meets with Meriam Ibrahim

Ms Ibrahim and her family fled Sudan for Italy only this morning - Independent

Church a haven for Muslims in Gaza

Muslim families are observing Ramadan in Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church - Daily Mail

MH17 crash site: Hundreds gather for multi-faith memorial service

Hundreds gathered at a multi-faith service in St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, to pay their respects to those killed in the disaster - Guardian

The end of Christianity in the Middle East could mean the demise of Arab secularism

In a Middle East rebuilt on intolerant ideologies, there is likely to be little place for beleaguered minorities - Guardian

#WeAreN Hashtag Stands In Solidarity With Iraqi Christians Under Attack

Christians have come under attack in Iraq where Islamic State militants recently launched a violent takeover.

Church of England to use positive discrimination to boost women bishops

Church's most senior official says decision makers will be advised to choose a woman over a man when they are going head to head.

Anti-West rants of Trojan Horse teachers

“Trojan horse” teachers used a social media network to promote anti-western ideas - The Times

Iraqi Christians are raped, murdered and driven from their homes – and the West is silent

For the first time in 1,600 years, Mass is not being said in Mosul - Telegraph

Reflections on religion this Ramadan

Peter Millett, British Ambassador to Jordan Reflects on religion and diplomacy - Al Arabiya News

MPs to debate bid to make Eid and Diwali public holidays

MPs are set to debate an e-petition aiming to make Eid and Diwali public holidays in the UK - BBC

Statue call for 'Big Bang' bishop Robert Grosseteste

A campaign has begun for a statue of a bishop credited with coming up with his own "Big Bang" theory, centuries before anyone else - BBC

Time runs out for Christian Iraq

The ultimatum imposed by militants for Christians to convert to Islam, pay a tax or be killed has passed with the collapse of communities that have existed for millennia - Independent

Family, not religion, will influence our attitude to assisted dying

By opposing assisted dying, religious leaders are for once trying to protect the individual against family values and the good of society - Guardian

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