One positive story to come out of the tragedy of Woolwich in May took place at the East London mosque, in Tower Hamlets, when leaders of the Christian...
Archbishop Welby, the chap that, in his work costume, looks like a luminous yellow chess piece from space, has said that the church should apologise to gay people because of the way it has treated them. I expect he won't have to speak very loudly, or go very far to do so.
A rumour going around for, oh, several millennia, is that God's divine m.o. includes sending suffering to teach us to love Him. That view has always mystified me.
The ink is not yet dry on David Cameron's gay marriage Bill and already two stories in the news this week show that the Bill's critics have been proved right. A wealthy gay couple say they "have launched" legal action to force gay weddings on the Church of England; and the BBC is cheerleading for polyamory (mutiple-partner relationships).
Today is the first day of Christian festival Greenbelt, which similar to Limmud for Jews, provides an opportunity for Christians to come together, share ideas and debate issues. Taking place over four days in Gloucestershire, there was one speaker on the bill in particular that caught our attention.
Welcome to the slaughter mad house that has become Egypt. I have no words of comfort. Freedom always has a price, and often the generation that pays it never gets to reap what they sow. Patriots hope to live to see such freedom, but know their actions and those of their fellow countrymen and women can bring such an end that they may never see. In history, it is the only thing that ever has.
Despite this posturing, the Church of England has no official position on fracking. Somehow, the Church of England has also managed to uncover a Book of Europe in their ever expanding bible. Attacking Cameron for exercising opt out of a fiscal union of Europe under Germany's economic command, they demanded a more 'constructive and positive approach'.
I'm glad David Cameron appreciates and values the Christian Scriptures. I hope he increasingly encounters and engages with them. I'm confident that, as he does, he'll discover the Bible is a much bigger story than anything so small as a 'handbook for moral guidance'.
The criticism is unfair because it always focuses on the APR. Companies like Wonga offer a very specific product, which is fast cash for a short period of time. The media uses the APR rate as a comparison, but APR doesn't work very well when loans are quoted over a short period of time.
The word Qur'an means 'to read'. Yet, for many non-Muslims, we remain remarkably ignorant (perhaps wilfully) to its contents. We do not read the Qur'an. We digest our knowledge about the religion from the media. But ordinary Muslims are often marginalised from newspaper pages and television screens.
This week's news has been a bit like one of those Oprah's Favourite Things Episode, with every story either ornately ridiculous, scarcely believable or causing mass gasps and borderline hysterics. Let's start low and go from there.
There has been a great deal of praise directed at the Church for their stance on pay-day lending. I'm an atheist and I too think they're doing the right thing, even though I'm still uneasy with the Church unilaterally trying to increase the role it plays in our daily lives. But the fact remains that the Church shouldn't have to intervene.
There's plenty in Scripture - in the form of laws, sayings, parables and stories - about money-lending and financial practices. So, going by his own church's sacred text, does Welby's suggestion take things too far?
Widow Debbie Dorling's husband was tragically killed by an HGV driver when both crossed red lights at an intersection. Instead of baying for justice when he walked free from court on Tuesday she wholeheartedly embraced the driver and forgave him.
The Church has been ominously quiet on the subject, despite the fact that in most jurisdictions where the Anglican Communion thrives criminalization remains.
The pope has some solace for those unable to make the trip to Brazil for World Youth Day next week - an occasion that by attending helps the soul in purgatory. By making use of social media and the internet to watch these events, and read speeches made there the user with a genuine spiritual heart (there is the catch) may obtain an indulgence.