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There is a need for urgent global action to avert global warning. That’s the view of a number of international development charities following the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. The IPCC report says scientists are now 95 percent certain that human activity is driving climate change, up from 90 percent […] Read More

Significant numbers of churches are now involved in the provision of a food bank, but can more be done to tackle the causes of food poverty? That’s the challenge posed in a new report from the Church Urban Fund, a Christian organization in England working to address poverty, which found that four out of five […] Read More

Representatives of the United Kingdom’s Christian denominations, including the Baptist Union of Great Britain, have sent a message of greetings and peace to their Muslim neighbors to mark the occasion of ‘Id ul-Fitr (Eid). Eid is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan. It took place on Aug. […] Read More

The “Link Visiting Scheme” is a befriending service, which aims to combat social isolation among older people. It was initiated in 1998 by Woodley Baptist Church in Berkshire in the United Kingdom and has had quite an impact in the borough of Wokingham. Now, organizers believe its model can be used across the U.K. The […] Read More

The scandal of world hunger could soon end if the revenues that developing countries lose through tax dodging were available to them to invest in agricultural development, according to a new report from a relief and development agency in Great Britain. One in eight of the world’s population goes to bed hungry, with disappointing progress […] Read More

Human rights campaigners in Wales are urging Foreign Secretary William Hague to make a fresh public plea for the return of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident detained in Guantanamo Bay. One of more than 100 detainees on hunger strike at the U.S. base, Aamer has been held for more than 11 years – despite […] Read More

Although the number of people donating organs after death has risen 50 percent since 2008, more donors are needed. Churches have been called on to help in a campaign backed by the Baptist Union of Great Britain. National Health Service (NHS) Blood and Transplant recently revealed that organ donations have been on the rise. More […] Read More

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in the United Kingdom launched an appeal on March 21 for up to 5 million people affected by the conflict in Syria. The announcement follows a dramatic deterioration in the humanitarian situation since the beginning of the year. The DEC brings 14 leading U.K. aid charities together in times of […] Read More

Baptists in the United Kingdom have joined several denominations in backing a call endorsed by the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for urgent steps to prevent hundreds of thousands of children from plunging into poverty. In his first major political intervention, Welby has supported amendments tabled by bishops in the House of Lords in […] Read More

Evidence and statistics have been misused, misrepresented and manipulated by politicians and the media to create myths that blame and stigmatize the most vulnerable in society, according to a new, hard-hitting church report. The report, titled “The Lies We Tell Ourselves: Ending Comfortable Myths About Poverty,” was published March 1 by the Joint Public Issues […] Read More