Civil society leaders issue warning on the prorogation

Civil society leaders issue warning on the prorogation

Quakers in Britain have joined a host of civil society leaders, warning that proroguing parliament risks eroding democratic accountability. They…...

“Civil society organisations provide support, advice and services. However, another vital role for the social sector is to amplify the voices of the communities and causes we serve. People and issues that are too often ignored or unheard by those in positions of power. A thriving civil society is an indicator of a healthy democracy.

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Bishops issue open letter on Brexit

Bishops issue open letter on Brexit

Seeing the evidence of division in every part of England...

A group of Church of England bishops has issued an open letter on the prospect of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit and the need for national reconciliation, notwithstanding the potential prorogation of Parliament. The full text can be found below:

The Archbishop of Canterbury has conditionally agreed to chair a Citizens Forum in Coventry and, without prejudice for any particular outcome, we support this move to have all voices in the current Brexit debate heard.

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Hypocrisy of ‘spiritual tourism’ destroys the church, Pope Francis says.

Hypocrisy of ‘spiritual tourism’ destroys the church, Pope Francis says.

The sharing of goods, Francis said, is “far from being an activity of social assistance” but rather “the indispensable expression…...

Vatican City — Christians who focus more on being superficially close to the church rather than care for their fellow brothers and sisters are like tourists who wander around aimlessly, Pope Francis said.

People “who are always passing by but never enter the church” in a fully communal way of sharing and caring engage in a sort of “spiritual tourism that makes them believe they are Christians but instead are only tourists of catacombs,” the pope said Aug. 21 during his weekly general audience.

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Latin American bishops urge action to save burning Amazon rainforest writes Lise Alves, Catholic News Service Environment

Latin American bishops urge action to save burning Amazon rainforest writes Lise Alves, Catholic News Service Environment

Leaders of the Latin American bishops’ council urged international action Aug. 22 to save the rainforest as massive fires continued to…...

SAO PAULO, Brazil — “Crying out to the world for solidarity,” leaders of the Latin American bishops’ council urged international action to save the Amazon rainforest as massive fires continued to burn.

“We urge the governments of the Amazonian countries, especially Brazil and Bolivia, the United Nations and the international community to take serious measures to save the lungs of the world,” said the statement Aug. 22 by the top officers of the council, known by its Spanish acronym, CELAM. “What happens to the Amazon is not just a local issue, but is of global reach,” the bishops said. “If the Amazon suffers, the world suffers.”

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The web of the hostile environment

The web of the hostile environment

as the Home Secretary seeks to make the environment even more hostile the Churches JPIT report is worth reading to guide local church action...

As Church leaders, the injustices of the hostile environment alarm us. The hostile environment is described as a web. Churches around the country are supporting people who have suffered hardship as a result of being caught up in it; indeed our church members are some of the very people who are at risk of destitution and discrimination.

The hostile environment spins a web of distrust and encourages suspicion. As Christians we believe that God calls us to offer welcome to the stranger and care for the vulnerable, whoever they are.
We therefore encourage you to read this new report produced by the Joint Public Issues Team. It draws together some of the latest evidence, stories and offers a Christian response. Our Christian faith calls us to pray and work for a society founded on trust, respect and love for one another. Let’s work together for a truly hospitable environment.

Revd Lynn Green General Secretary of the Baptist Union
Revd Richard Frazer Convenor of the Church and Society Committee of the Church of Scotland
Revd Loraine Mellor and Jill Baker President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
Revd Kevin Watson and Alan Yates Moderators of the United Reformed Church

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