Faith groups are delivering essential services during the pandemic, but there may be tension as they fill gaps in welfare provision while retaining their distinctive ethos.
Rabbi Alex Goldberg has won an equality, diversity and inclusion award from Surrey university for his work in the chaplaincy, which includes seven world faiths, alongside other beliefs and spiritual practices.
Places of worship can remain open during the lockdown in England, but Imam Qari Asim urges caution in the face of a serious threat to health and life; and Bishop Sarah Mullaly says some churches will continue online only.
Christopher Lamb outlines four religion stories to look out for in 2021 – faith groups dealing with the pandemic, a new faith department in UK government, Pope Francis in Iraq and Joe Biden’s faith values impacting America.
The Jewish community has reacted with anger to the decision to readmit Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour Party over comments on antisemitism. But the decision to withhold the whip has been welcomed.
A report from the Woolf Institute suggests religion is a greater driver of prejudice than racism or xenophobia. Workplace friendships are key to breaking down misconceptions but working from home could lead to an increase in racism and prejudice.
The tidal wave of condolences triggered by the death of Rabbi Lord Sacks, honour him as a towering intellect, beloved mentor and most wonderful and compassionate man.