Aid to the Church in Need has published its latest global Religious Freedom in the World Report. This seeks to highlight areas of the world where religious persecution limits the rights of individuals to practice their faith and shows the improvement or decline of religious freedom in each country. Evidence of significant religious freedom violations […]
Church Action on Poverty has produced a series of five Bible studies challenging us to get alongside people who are on the margins of our own society – and to speak out for justice. The studies can be used for personal reflection and study, or in a house group or Bible study group. Church Action […]
The issue Last Sunday was Homeless Sunday across England, Scotland and Wales and the bishops of Ireland have issued a letter calling on the government of the Republic of Ireland to do more to address the country’s homelessness crisis. With homelessness an enduring problem across the Four Nations, this Weekly Focus takes its prayer and […]
11 November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. A number of churches and Christian organisations have partnered in providing resources in the run-up to the event and for the Sunday itself. They are available on the Remembrance 100 website. Some Churches and Christian organisations are also involved with Battle’s Over: […]
As we enter the final week of Creation Time our Weekly Focus is again based on the resources produced by Eco-Congregation Scotland. With recent news saying that the world is ‘nowhere near on track’ to avoid warming beyond the 1.5C target, action on climate change is more urgent than ever. Here we ask whether we should open ourselves up to working with others of different faiths, for the common good?
The Mystery of God. In 2019, our Lent course delves more deeply into the mystery of God, seeking to rediscover what it is that draws us so deeply in our search for God. We will follow Jesus through the Lenten readings, allowing him to draw us, in love and wonder, into the mystery of God’s […]
As we enter the third week of Creation Time our reflection is based on the resources produced by Eco Congregation Scotland. It follows the theme ‘Passing our Planet on: God’s gift to us’, linking to Scotland’s Year of Young People. The theme reflects on our planet passing on from one generation to the next, and the gifts given to us by God to support and guide us in our care for creation.
As we launch our resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019, we take this reflection from those materials, originating from the churches of Indonesia. The Indonesian churches speak out of a context of ethnic and religious diversity, which also includes significant issues of economic injustice. This gives us an opportunity to reflect upon the context in which we pray for Christian unity.
The issue 1 September to 4 October each year has been designated as a time for the Church to consider care for the environment. In 1989 the Ecumenical Patriarch suggested that 1 September, the first day of the Orthodox Church’s year, should be observed as a day “of protection of the natural environment”. The proposal […]
As spiritual, reflective beings, one of the things we have the capacity to see, if we look properly, is evidence of God at work in the world. If we don’t pay attention, we can miss what God is doing in the creation all around us and fail to see the signs the Holy Spirit leaves us everywhere. We fail Jesus and his call to us by not picking up on these signs and sharing them with others.