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  1. A Christmas CarolRead the original story

    Dec 20, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    I've been re-reading 'A Christmas Carol', and the way it resonates with present day Britain is quite remarkable. As Christmas approaches, Scrooge sits in his counting house, as he does every day, obsessed with his accounts and balancing the books, untouched and unmoved by the poverty all around him.

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  2. Quakers appoint Scottish Parliamentary Engagement OfficerRead the original story

    Dec 19, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    In the light of the significant and growing differences between the Scottish and UK parliaments, Quakers in Britain have appointed an Edinburgh Parliamentary Engagement Officer. Mairi Campbell-Jack hopes to harness the energy generated by the referendum.

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  3. Call from Quakers for global treaty to ban nuclear weaponsRead the original story

    Dec 19, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    Quakers in Britain are calling on politicians to find the moral courage and political leadership to work for a nuclear ban treaty. They are encouraging the UK government to meet all those who are actively working towards a world free of nuclear weapons, following strong calls from Scotland and Wales .

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  4. Who would Jesus shoota at Christmas?Read the original story

    Dec 19, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    One of the tag-lines for our annual appeal this year is "Christmas truce? Help make it permanent." The second in our series of questions arising from the 'Who Would Jesus Shoot?' debate about war and peace is: What are the most important things the churches should be doing in 2015 to change the agenda on war and peace, and to help generate alternatives to armed conflict? Whether your consider yourself a pacifist / nonviolence advocate, take a 'just war' approach, or are not sure but want to help make a difference in a world of continuing strife, we'd like to hear from you.

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  5. UN chief calls for protection of rights of 232 million migrantsRead the original story

    Dec 19, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has called on the global community to affirm the right and necessity of migration on International Migrants Day. "We live in the 'age of mobility.'

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  6. WCC works with Ukrainian churches for peaceRead the original story

    Dec 19, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    A representative of the World Council of Churches has joined a representative of the Moscow Patriarch to visit churches in Ukraine and to encourage efforts toward peace there. Faith and Order programme executive Archpriest Dr Daniel Buda visited Ukraine 15-17 December 2014, representing WCC general secretary Rev.

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  7. An Advent and Christmas look at the Middle East in 2014Read the original story

    Dec 19, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    To say that 2014 has been a tumultuous year in the Middle East North Africa region would be to understate the situation considerably. It has been momentous.

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  8. Christmas in the margins, or 'What is the point of Christmas?'Read the original story

    Dec 18, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    Life can often feel like it's happening elsewhere, to other, more interesting people. In the past week I have had a number of conversations which have underlined this.

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  9. Help make the 'Christmas Truce' permanentRead the original story

    Dec 18, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    How we remember the past is crucial because it influences the decisions we make about the future. In the season that we recall and celebrate the coming of the one Christians call the Prince of Peace, and at the end of a year dedicated to remembering the victims of the First World War, this is crucial.

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  10. International Migrants Day: we need to change our thinkingRead the original story

    Dec 18, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    'Immigration' is set to be one of the most-used words in the run-up to the General Election -- at least if UKIP, large sections of the media and much of the current government has its way. Notice that it's 'immigrant', not 'migrant'.

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  11. Opposition to new women's prison in ScotlandRead the original story

    Dec 18, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    A petition on the 38Degrees website is calling on the Scottish Government to cancel plans for the proposed large prison for women in Inverclyde. This plan, points out Women for Independence who are advocating on the issue, is against the recommendations of the Commission on Women in Prison, led by Eilish Angiolini, and is being pursued against expert evidence and opinion.

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  12. World churches' body welcomes Cuba-US relations progressRead the original story

    Dec 18, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    Following the positive developments in relations between Cuba and the United States, World Council of Churches general secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has expressed his gratitude for the progress. In a statement issued on 18 December 2014 from the WCC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr Tveit said, "The World Council of Churches has long accompanied member churches and partners in both countries in their search for reconciliation and justice, including for the release of political prisoners.

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  13. Low pay or no payRead the original story

    Dec 18, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    With growing numbers of working people struggling to survive, immigrants are often blamed for suppressing wages. The police raid on a factory in Rochdale where immigrants were allegedly forced to work an eighty hour week for A 25 would seem to lend weight to those claims.

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  14. Many facing execution in Pakistan are not terrorists, says ReprieveRead the original story

    Dec 17, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    Many of the prisoners likely to be executed in Pakistan as the country resumes executions were convicted of crimes that bear no relation to a terrorism threat, says the legal charity Reprieve. According to early media reports in Pakistan, executions could start being scheduled in the country within the next 48 hours, and will initially include people convicted on anti-terrorism charges and "heinous crimes".

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  15. Football fans to commemorate 'Christmas truce' matchRead the original story

    Dec 17, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    A group of Scottish football fans, including some former Scotland Homeless World Cup players, are set to travel to Belgium to play in a unique football tournament to commemorate the 'Christmas Truce' football match played during the First World War on Christmas Day 100 years ago. The tournament, which is being organised and hosted by The Royal Belgian Football Association will also include teams from Germany, Belgium, France, England, Wales, Ireland FA and an Ireland Embassy team.

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  16. Taliban school attack highlights vulnerability of civiliansRead the original story

    Dec 17, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    The Taliban attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar yesterday shows a merciless disregard for human life and highlights the urgent need for protection of civilians in the area, Amnesty International has said. At least 126 people, mainly children, were killed when several armed men entered the school and began firing indiscriminately at students and teachers in one of the most shocking Taliban attacks in recent memory. 12 comments

  17. Pressure on TTIP increases as over a million sign petitionRead the original story

    Dec 16, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    Well over a million people throughout the European Union have signed a petition against the TTIP privatisation trade agreement with the USA. The petition calls on the EU and its member states to block the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership .

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  18. Brazilian Truth Commission 'historic step' to justice for victims of miltary ruleRead the original story

    Dec 12, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    The presentation of the final report of Brazil's National Truth Commission on 10 December marks an historic step in the country's efforts to obtain justice for crimes against humanity and other violations during the military dictatorship that took power five decades ago, says Amnesty International. The commission spent two years investigating the thousands of cases of torture, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and other violations dating back to the period of military rule in Brazil from 1964-1985.

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  19. Questions for UK ministers over CIA torture reportRead the original story

    Dec 12, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    Home Secretary Theresa May was one of several UK officials who met with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence ahead of the publication of its report on torture by the US and its allies, it has emerged. Documents unearthed by legal charity Reprieve reveal that from 2009, 24 meetings were held between UK Government officials or ministers and SSCI members.

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  20. After CIA torture report: rebuilding a culture of rightsRead the original story

    Dec 11, 2014 | Ekklesia Daily News

    A US Senate report revealing widespread use of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency has stirred up heated debate. International human rights activists have called for those responsible to be held to account, though CIA director John Brennan has defended the agency's record. 136 comments