World Council of Churches, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit says it’s time for churches everywhere to renew their commitment to the struggle against racism. Dr. Fykse Tveit was addressing a WCC conference recently in Germany, commemorating 50 years in combatting racism.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Most Rev. Justin Welby has expressed concern over an increase in the UK, of homelessness, more food handouts, a rise in vitriolic language and less tolerance of minority groups who are experiencing a much harder time living there. The Archbishop made the remarks while delivering his annual Christmas message recently.
Reports are that over a million Christians are calling for the removal of a new Netflix comedy which depicts Jesus as gay. The film titled, The First Temptation of Christ is said to have sparked controversy within the Christian community since its release on December 3. There’s also a call for the creators of the film to be charged for the crime of “villainous faith”.
Jeff Mills, Director in South Sudan for Christian charity Tearfund says disasters caused by extreme weather often push people into poverty or trap them there. He warned that if we don’t limit global warming, 100 million more people could be living in extreme poverty by 2030.
Social media video and pictures appear to show Jews praying on the Temple Mount recently, having been banned from worshiping there for decades. Two consecutive Jewish temples once stood on the Temple Mount considered to be the holiest place in Judaism. However, the Muslims who control the site bar Jews and anyone else except Muslims from praying there.
The Union for Reform Judaism called for a US federal commission on reparations for African-Americans, at their biennial meeting in Chicago on Friday.