Church of Sweden to Use Gender-neutral Terms for God

The Church of Sweden decided in November, 2017 to drop the terms "He" and "Lord" to refer to God when conducting services.

Poland to Ban Sunday Shopping

Polish lawmakers have approved a bill that would eventually end Sunday shopping by 2020. The idea was initiated by trade unions to allow workers have a day to spend with their families, according to Catholic Herald.

Bakery Chain Faces Boycott Over Sausage Roll Nativity

Several groups condemned Greggs, a bakery chain giant in the UK, for releasing an advent calendar showing a half-eaten sausage roll in the Nativity scene.

Chinese Christians Urged to Replace Jesus Images with Xi Jinping

In another move to persecute Christians in China, the government has ordered residents of a poverty-stricken village in southeast China to remove posters of Jesus from their walls and put up portraits of President Xi Jinping instead.

London Churches Retract Policy Following Row with Musicians

The Diocese of London has launched on November 1, 2017 a website to cater to musicians looking for church facilities for hire in the city.

Most Brits Value Six out of the Ten Commandments

According to a latest poll, most British declared that only six out of the Ten Commandments are "important principles to live by".

Christians in Indonesia Demand the Right to Worship

A Christian congregation in Indonesia is demanding the local government to honor its right to worship in its church.

Key to Progress is in the Church—Nigerian VP

An ecumenical center was formally opened in Yenagoa, Nigeria on October 31, 2017. The 10,000-capacity center was built by the Bayelsa State government and the inauguration was organized by Nigerian pastors, reports Information Nigeria.

Chocolate Factory Launches Christian-based Contest

Marshall hopes that the contest will be a means of evangelization that is fun and enjoyable to the children. He said many children learn about the story of Christmas for the first time through advent calendars.

Australian Churches are More Diverse than Ever—Survey

To reach out to local communities, local churches usually organize community meals and musical events. Members are encouraged to invite guests for these events. However, many church goers wanted new meaningful activities.