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November 2020
News > Society

Please don’t shut our doors again, say over 700 church leaders in open letter

More than 700 church leaders have signed an open letter to the governments of all four UK nations, urging them not to ask churches to stop services again. By the start of October, national and even international newspapers had picked up the story, interviewing some of the signatories and asking why it mattered to…

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November 2020
News > Society

Don’t shut churches again, says Tim Farron

Churches should not be asked to close their doors again during the Covid-19 crisis, says Tim Farron, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats. ‘Over the past few months, the physical closure of churches has troubled me,’ he said in an article published by the Financial Times. ‘Now, as Covid-19 cases rise and we…

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November 2020
News > Religious liberty

Call to outlaw churches that teach biblical sexual ethics

Churches should face ‘high-profile prosecutions’ in the future if they preach, pray, or offer pastoral counselling according to biblical sexual ethics. That’s the call that has been made by former evangelical, Steve Chalke, who has organised a conference on the issue. A press release sent by Chalke’s organisation, the Oasis Charitable Trust, outlandishly claims…

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October 2020
News > International

Kazakhstan: pastors appeal to president over church land

Two pastors in Kazakhstan have appealed directly to the country’s president asking him to stop local authorities seizing the land on which their churches stand. City authorities in the capital Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) have ordered the confiscation of the Grace Presbyterian Church building and the Agape Pentecostal Church building, which was under construction on…

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October 2020
News > International

US: Court injunction against MacArthur’s church

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting Grace Community Church in Sun Valley from holding indoor services. The church, led by its pastor John Macarthur, has been holding full worship services for several weeks in defiance of lockdown rules. The court ruling said that Grace Community Church should follow…

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October 2020
News > Church news > Persecution

Attacks against churches rise in Northern Ireland

There have been more than 600 attacks on places of worship in Northern Ireland in the last five years, prompting renewed calls for action to protect churches and other religious buildings. According to a Freedom of Information request to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), charity CARE NI revealed that, since 2014/15, there…

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October 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

When authorities conflict: The separation of church and state

The author, who is here responding to recent articles by Paul Yeulett and Mark Richards, wishes to emphasise he is writing in a personal capacity. The 2020 Covid-19 crisis has been a tragedy for human society. National economies have been shattered; the familiar pattern of everyday life of only a few months ago is…

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