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Dutch ecumenical leader wants churches to examine slavery history

Web First - News from ENI | By By Andreas Havinga | Sep 19, 2012 | 1 comment

An ecumenical leader in the Netherlands has called on the country's churches to examine their role in the history of slavery, ahead of next year's 150th anniversary of the Dutch abolition of slavery.

Churches should be "honest about our past," said Klaas van der Kamp, general secretary of the Council of Churches in the Netherlands.

Prayers for peace worldwide

Web First - News from ENI | By By ENInews Staff | Sep 17, 2012

At a place called Antietam, 23,000 soldiers died in the bloodiest day of the American Civil War. More than 150 years later, 20 different religious traditions will gather on this battlefield in the state of Maryland on Sept. 21 to share prayers and songs of peace.

Congo religious leaders seek to build awareness of war

Web First - News from ENI | By By ENInews Staff | Sep 10, 2012

A delegation of religious leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is visiting the U.S and Canada as part of a tour seeking to build awareness of a re-emerging war at the border of the DRC and Rwanda.

Today, Sept. 10, the leaders were in Canada's capital, Ottawa, to meet with government officials. On Sept. 12-13, the Toronto School of Theology and Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto will host the delegation, according to a university news release.

Argentina addresses need for non-sexist language

Web First - News from ENI | By Maria Teresa Aveggio | Sep 10, 2012

The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) said it welcomes a plan by Argentina's National University of Entre Rios to oversee a seminar on "subjective construction of gender in the media."

Faith groups in Pakistan seek release of girl accused of blasphemy

Web First - News from ENI | By By Anto Akkara | Aug 28, 2012

A bail hearing is set for today, Aug. 28, in Islamabad in the case of a girl charged with blasphemy for allegedly burning pages of the Quran, Islam's holy scriptures.

Ethiopian Evangelical Church mourns prime minister

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Web First - News from ENI | By By Fredrick Nzwili | Aug 23, 2012

The leader of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church has urged citizens to observe peace, love and tolerance as the country mourns the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

UCC boycotts Israel-produced products

Web First - News from ENI | By By Kristine Greenaway | Aug 20, 2012

The United Church of Canada, the country's largest Protestant denomination, has approved a recommendation to boycott products produced in Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.

The intent is to bring pressure to bear on the government of Israel to stop expansion of the settlements and end the occupation.

The church's General Council, its senior decision-making body, received the recommendation last week at its meeting in Ottawa. More than 350 elected delegates met for the eight-day event that concluded August 18.

Africa most devout region in world

Web First - News from ENI | By By Munyaradzi Makoni | Aug 14, 2012

Africa has topped the list of most devout regions of the world, with 89 percent calling themselves religious, according to a worldwide poll called "The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism."

In Ghana, 96 percent of respondents said they were religious, followed by Nigeria at 93 percent and Kenya at 88 percent. There was no change in the Ghana figure since 2005, the last time the poll was conducted. Nigeria and Kenya were both down 1 percent.

Conducted by WIN-Gallup International, the poll is based on interviews with 50,000 people from 57 countries and five continents.

'Bright future' for Christianity, but crisis in Catholicism

Web First - News from ENI | By By Jonathan Luxmoore | Jul 09, 2012 | 1 comment

A top church historian has said he believes Christianity faces a "bright future" worldwide, but predicted the Roman Catholic church will undergo a major schism over its moral and social teaching.

Ecumenical leaders decry deadly battle over land in Paraguay

Police drag the body of one of the peasants shot dead during an eviction of squatters in Curuguaty. --Photo courtesy of WordPress

Web First - News from ENI | By ENI news staff | Jun 22, 2012

The leader of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) has condemned a deadly clash June 15 between army troops and farmers fighting eviction in Paraguay.

Amnesty International flags persecution of religious minorities

Jacinto Perez, a community leader in Nebaj, Guatemala, resisting the hydroelectric dams on their ancestral territories. See upcoming story in Canadian Mennonite's June 11 edition, titled "This Land is Us." --Photo by Tobias Roberts, MCC

Web First - News from ENI | By By John Zarocostas | May 25, 2012

Editor's Note:  See the major feature "This Land is Us" in the  June 11 edition of Canadian Mennonite.

Links between Christianity and African traditional religion

John Samuel Mbiti has played a most important role in placing biblical studies and cultural heritage in the midst of the theological process. His main thrust and contribution in publications and teaching have been in the framework of African Heritage, Biblical, Ecumenical and Interreligious studies.

Web First - News from ENI | By Fredrick Nzwili | May 07, 2012

When a missionary asked Africans in Zanzibar to tell him something about their God, they simply said, "God thunders!" The cleric had travelled across the seas in the 19th century to tell "the heathens without religion" or "people with a primitive religion" about God.

Mormonism fast-growing faith in US

Even though their Mecca is the Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, one non-Mormon observer says they are growing fast because "the way they organize themselves makes for more congregations."

Web First - News from ENI | By By Kevin Eckstrom | May 02, 2012

Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney may or may not become the first Mormon to move into the White House next year, but a new study shows that Mormonism is moving into more parts of the country than any other religious group, making it the fastest-growing faith in more than half of U.S. states.

Dalai Lama awarded 2012 Templeton Prize

Web First - News from ENI | By By Chris Herlinger | Mar 29, 2012

The Dalai Lama, already a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is the recipient of the 2012 Templeton Prize, often called the most prestigious award in religion.

The announcement, made on March 29 by the John Templeton Foundation, based in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, cited the Tibetan leader's "incomparable global voice for universal ethics, nonviolence, and harmony among world religions."

Ugandan church leaders recall encounters with Kony

'Kony 2012' has gone viral on the web.

Web First - News from ENI | By By Fredrick Nzwili | Mar 27, 2012

Although the Internet video "Kony 2012" is bringing world attention to an infamous Ugandan warlord, calling for his arrest this year, it doesn't mention much about the church leaders who continue to work for peace in Northern Uganda and central Africa and recently recalled their encounters with Joseph Kony.

Forest burials gain popularity among German Christians

"We have wonderful woods full of secrets and stories which are very important for us Germans."

Web First - News from ENI | By By Ruby Russell | Mar 21, 2012

For the last decade, some Germans have tapped into their nation's feelings for its ancient forests and chosen a final resting place in a woodland gravesite. Churches used to frown on the practice but now "friedwald" ("peaceful forest") rites are becoming more accepted.

There are currently 41 forest burial sites across Germany with at least five more opening this year, according to FriedWald, the company that manages the forest burial grounds along with local governments and forestry commissions.

Report: Christians are half of world's migrants

Web First - News from ENI | By By Chris Herlinger | Mar 08, 2012

Christians comprise half of the world's 214 million migrants, those who have moved from their country of birth and are now living permanently in a different country, a new study has concluded.

The study, "Faith on the Move: The Religious Affiliation of International Migrants," by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life, released March 8, concluded 106 million Christians constitute 49 percent of the world's migrants. 

Anglican breakaway confronts new power struggle

ACNA Archbishop Robert Duncan welcoming them back into the fold.

Web First - News from ENI | By By Bob Smietana | Feb 10, 2012

Founded by breakaway U.S. Episcopal priests who left their former denomination because they felt it was too liberal, the Anglican Mission in the Americas is now in the middle of another ugly church feud.

Last time the fight was over sex and salvation. Now the fight is over money and power, between the Anglican Mission's U.S. leaders and the overseas Anglican group that adopted them, Religion News Service reports.

Food problem 'acute' in Egypt

Web First - News from ENI | By By Chris Herlinger | Feb 06, 2012

Egyptian Christian humanitarian leaders say while politics and religion are garnering the most attention in their country right now, Egypt's serious humanitarian problems will soon have to be addressed.

As one example, rising food and fuel prices and a drop in foreign currency reserves are making it harder to Egyptians to put food on the table, causing the level of malnutrition to rise in the country.

Youth longing for peace in the Arab world

Web First - News from ENI | By news release | Feb 06, 2012

The key role played by young people during the transformations in the Arab world throughout the past year was a recurrent theme for the recent World Council of Churches (WCC) Christian-Muslim consultation on “Christian Presence and Witness in the Arab World”.

Vatican hosts summit on sexual abuse

Web First - News from ENI | By By Alessandro Speciale | Feb 06, 2012

Ten years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the United States, Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet this week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing abuse and protecting children.

The conference, "Towards Healing and Renewal," is being held Feb. 6-9 and is organized by the Jesuit-run Gregorian University in Rome, Religion News Service reports.

Archbishop of Greece warns of social upheaval

Archbishop Hieronymos II

Web First - News from ENI | By By John Zarocostas | Feb 03, 2012

Archbishop Hieronymos II of Athens and All Greece on Feb. 2 warned the Greek government of a possible social upheaval if more austerity measures are ushered in by international financial institutions overseeing the sovereign debt crisis.

Ecumenical group cites increased attacks against Palestinian villages

Palestinian children playing in Khallet Zakariya beside the Israeli settlement of Alon Shvut. --UN News photo

Web First - News from ENI | By By Judith Sudilovsky | Jan 26, 2012

The homes at the edge of this Palestinian village are located a few hundred meters from houses in the Jewish settlement of Yitzhar. But the relationship is anything but neighborly.

Cairo congregation ministered to Tahrir Square protesters

Web First - News from ENI | By By ENInews Staff | Jan 26, 2012

As Egyptians gathered this week in Cairo's Tahrir Square to mark the first anniversary of the "Egyptian Revolution," nearby Jasr El Dobara church continued to be a bridge-builder between communities of faith.

Kashmir Shariah court order expels Christians

Web First - News from ENI | By By Anto Akkara | Jan 23, 2012

Churches in India have decried the verdict of an Islamic court in Kashmir that ordered the expulsion of Christians, including a Protestant pastor and a Dutch Catholic missionary, and recommended government control of Christian schools.