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Sir John Cass: C of E school acts fast to counter ‘extremism’ charge

Sir John Cass: C of E school acts fast to counter ‘extremism’ charge

INTENSIVE lessons on the dangers of Islamic extremism were already taking place at Sir John Cass and Redcoat School, in east London, last week as the Church of England school, one of the most successful of its kind in the country, was placed in special measures by OFSTED

‘New phase’ as Synod vote goes through

‘New phase’ as Synod vote goes through

CLEARING the last legal hurdle to enable women to become bishops has started "a completely new phase of our existence as the Church", the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. Speaking on Monday after the General Synod had formally voted to enact the women bishops Measure into...

Forward in Faith looks to the future

Forward in Faith looks to the future

THERE was talk of "going forward with confidence" at this year's National Assembly of the traditionalist organisation Forward in Faith (FiF). It was held last Saturday in St Alban's, Holborn, in London, on the eve of the legalisation of women bishops in the Church of England. A...

Catastrophe, not carelessness, prompts visits to a foodbank

Catastrophe, not carelessness, prompts visits to a foodbank

THE tough, complex lives of those who use foodbanks are laid bare in a new report that documents how "life-shocks", including illness, bereavement, and job-loss, are compounded by a benefits system that leaves families struggling to put food on the table. Published on Wednesday...

New Bishop for St Edmundsbury & Ipswich announced

New Bishop for St Edmundsbury & Ipswich announced

HAVING been nominated as a Bishop, one of Canon Martin Seeley's first considerations is whom to nominate as an episcopal colleague. On Thursday, Downing Street announced that Canon Seeley, at present Principal of Westcott House, Cambridge, is to be the next Bishop of St Edmundsbury...

Church censures prison-like detention

Church censures prison-like detention

THE holding of asylum-seekers in conditions more like prison, with no obvious end to their detention, is causing stress and insecurity, an official C of E submission has told the Government. In a submission to a parliamentary inquiry into immigration detention, the Mission...

Sainsbury’s Christmas ad criticised

Sainsbury’s Christmas ad criticised

A PRIEST from West Yorkshire is among at least 240 people who have complained about the Christmas advertisement for the supermarket Sainsbury's. The Revd Nicholas Clews, Priest-in-Charge at St Margaret of Antioch, Thornbury, and St James the Great, Woodhall, in the diocese...

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Fighting inequality and corruption in the world

Efforts are being made to combat corruption and sharp practice in global finance. Peter Selby has seen this at first hand  Subscribe to read more

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Finding life over death

Finding life over death

Denise Inge, who died on Easter Day this year, discovered that her home was built over a charnel house. This prompted her to write a book exploring the challenge of living well in the face of mortality  Subscribe to read more

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In the past, ordination of young adults in the Church of England was not encouraged. Six years on from its launch,  Pat Ashworth considers the Call Waiting? initiative

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Books reviewed this week
Regulating public worship

Regulating public worship

Beyond Common Worship: Anglican identity and liturgical diversity by Mark Earey 

In the dark with a shoebox of beliefs

In the dark with a shoebox of be...

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor 

Relating to Romanism

Relating to Romanism

Paul Avis looks at how High Anglicans stood their ground despite high-profile secessions

Exchange of experience

Exchange of experience

Prayer: Christian and Muslim perspectives - D. Marshall and L. Mosher, editors 

Church leaders condemn murder of US hostage

Church leaders condemn murder of US hostage

THE Archbishop of Canterbury was among church leaders and politicians who denounced the murder of another foreigner by the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria last week. Archbishop Welby tweeted the following message: "Utter injustice seen in reported terrible murder of Abdul-Rahman...

New slave-owners face life imprisonment

New slave-owners face life imprisonment

THE Government's Modern Slavery Bill will introduce new offences of holding a person "in slavery or servitude" and requiring somebody "to perform forced or compulsory labour"

Victims ask to be part of inquiry

Victims ask to be part of inquiry

AN ORGANISATION representing Protestant people who suffered by being in "mother-and-baby homes" in Ireland says that it will take a case to the European Court of Human Rights and the United Nations, if its members are not included in a government inquiry 

‘Homeless Jesus’ in earshot of Big Ben

‘Homeless Jesus’ in earshot of Big Ben

A SCULPTURE of Christ sleeping rough should soon find a home at the Methodist Central Hall, London

Prince hears of suffering of Iraqi Christians

THE Armenian Archbishop of Iraq, the Most Revd Avak Asadourian, has warned of the end of Eastern Christianity in its birthplace

Savings-clubs trials to be held in C of E primary schools

Savings-clubs trials to be held in C of E primary schools

A NETWORK of primary-school savings clubs to teach children how to manage money has been proposed by the Archbishop of Canterbury's Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings

Study of scriptures helps, teachers say

Study of scriptures helps, teachers say

ALMOST three-quarters of teachers questioned in a new survey believe that the education system can play a bigger part in resolving interreligious and ethnic strife

Mark inwardly digested

Mark inwardly digested

A PRIEST from Wiltshire has performed a dramatised reading of St Mark's Gospel, reciting the 11,000 words from memory

Faith links celebrated

Faith links celebrated

THE sixth national Inter-Faith Week was celebrated this week, and events were held around the country to strengthen and mark good faith relations

Projects win prizes

Projects win prizes

THE Christian Funders' Forum gave its first social-action awards at Lambeth Palace, on Wednesday of last week

Getting the call

At Blue Peter Simon Thomas went sky diving with the RAF Falcons, racing with the world's top sprinters, and to meet the Queen to award her one of the show's celebrated badges. He now presents ...  Read More

Job of the week

Professor of Divinity

London and Home Counties

Gresham CollegeFounded 1597 Gresham Professor of Divinity Gresham College has provided free public lectures for over 400 years in the City of London and now operates worldwide via the internet. Fo...  Read More

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