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Sexuality tensions threaten to undermine C of E's 'shared conversations'


Sexuality tensions threaten to undermine C of E

SHARP divisions over sexuality mean that as many as 20 per cent of the Church of England may become disaffected, it emerged last week

Winston Churchill 'in the hand of God'

Winston Churchill

WINSTON CHURCHILL will be remembered at Westminster Abbey this evening in a service marking 50 years since his state funeral

Campaigning groups limber up for autumn General Synod elections

Campaigning groups limber up for autumn General Synod elections

CHURCHGOERS who represent "the inclusive instincts of most people in England" are being urged to stand in the forthcoming elections to General Synod

‘Fear prevents churchgoers from inviting friends’

‘Fear prevents churchgoers from inviting friends’

A "CULTURE of fear" is preventing many churchgoers from inviting friends or relatives to services, a co-founder of the Back to Church Sunday campaign, Michael Harvey, says

OFSTED questioned as two schools face closure

OFSTED questioned as two schools face closure

DURHAM Free School, a 90-pupil secondary school with a Christian foundation, is to close at Easter, after learning that its government funding is to be withdrawn

Sizer apologises after 'absurd' 9/11 link

Sizer apologises after

A VICAR who linked on social media to an article entitled "9/11 Israel did it?" has apologised

Syrian refugees find compassion in Jordan

Syrian refugees find compassion in Jordan

MOHAMMED, who is 15, and from Homs, gets up at seven o'clock every morning. He tries to bring his mother "whatever she needs", including bread from the bakery. Once, during this journey, some children decided to pick on him, but the family's Jordanian neighbour intervened to...

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Dissing the D-word

Angela Tilby: Discipleship as a convenient term to ramp up the commitment of the laity sounds alien to Anglican instincts, and it is. I hope Synod members are gearing up for creative revolt  Read More

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Called on to build a new kind of bridge

Called on to build a new kind of bridge

Two days after her consecration in York, Gavin Drake meets the new Bishop of Stockport  Subscribe to read more

Interview: Maggie Ross
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Maggie Ross is a solitary and theologian. 

'A life that is prayer is about being, not doing'

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Fri 30 Jan 15 @ 16:35
RT @waltonandyGreat to read stories of Syrian refugees in @churchtimes in their own words rather than just seeing them as stats. http://t.co/xdFEljbATR

Fri 30 Jan 15 @ 16:25
.@stephensizer has now apologised for his 9/11 link on social media http://t.co/kFW9Cp6H9p

Books reviewed this week
The Church and il Duce

The Church and il Duce

The Pope and Mussolini: The secret history of Pius XI and the rise of Fascism in Europe by  David I. Kertzer

Reflective pilgrims

Reflective pilgrims

Occupied Territories by Garth Hewitt; Peace-ing Together Jerusalem by Clare Amos 

Bringing out old and new

Bringing out old and new

The Pioneer Gift: Explorations in mission - Jonny Baker and Cathy Ross, editors 

Low percentage of Evangelical anxiety

Low percentage of Evangelical an...

Mike Starkey misses the hard questions in this invitation to faith

Church buildings benefit all, NCT research suggests

Church buildings benefit all, NCT research suggests

MOST British people see church buildings as an important part of the country's heritage and history, and a useful community asset, a poll for the National Churches Trust suggests

Sanctions move likely as Ukraine violence grows

Sanctions move likely as Ukraine violence grows

FIGHTING in the eastern break-away regions of Ukraine has intensified over the past week, leading to the greatest loss of life since a ceasefire agreed last September in Minsk

Bishops from near and far see C of E enter ‘new stage’

Bishops from near and far see C of E enter ‘new stage’

IT WAS, the Dean of York, the Very Revd Vivienne Faull, said, a "wonderful and glorious morning". The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, described it as "a great day of rejoicing"...

‘Gracious restraint’ for Burnley

‘Gracious restraint’ for Burnley

THE Archbishop of York will not lay on hands at the consecration of the Bishop-elect of Burnley, Fr Philip North CMP, in February

‘British values’ affirmed amid concern for their survival

‘British values’ affirmed amid concern for their survival

A DECLARATION of what "British values" mean to one ecumenical Christian group, the Maranatha Community, was sent this week to hundreds of people in leadership positions in Britain, including the Queen and the Prime Minister

Christians are urged to do their duty by voting

Christians are urged to do their duty by voting

WITH fewer than 100 days to go until the General Election in May, the Archbishop of Canterbury is calling on Christians to see voting as part of their duty to seek the common good

Humanists make school complaint

Humanists make school complaint

THE children of parents who do not practise religion are faced with having to undergo "pragmatic baptisms" to obtain a place in Irish schools, because 90 per cent of primary schools in the country are under Roman Catholic control, the Humanist Association of Ireland has said

Lobbying act is stifling us, say charities

Lobbying act is stifling us, say charities

THE voice of charities is being stifled by legislation and an intimidatory political climate, new research suggests

Papyrus may be oldest Gospel copy

Papyrus may be oldest Gospel copy

ARCHAEOLOGISTS at a Baptist theological college in Canada believe that they have uncovered the oldest known copy of a Gospel - inscribed on a fragment of papyrus used to make an Ancient Egyptian mummy mask

Welby deplores wealth inequality

Welby deplores wealth inequality

ACCEPTING widespread inequality without question is "complacent [and] lazy", the Archbishop of Canterbury has said

Zimbabwean grandparents denied funeral visa

Zimbabwean grandparents denied funeral visa

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, and the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, have joined a growing campaign to allow the Zimbabwean grandparents of a five-year-old girl killed in a car crash to attend her funeral

Photo: Mark of respect

Photo: Mark of respect

The flag at Westminster Abbey flies at half-mast as a mark of respect for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who died last Friday

Ecclesiastical to give away £23 million

Ecclesiastical to give away £23 million

THE church insurer Ecclesiastical has celebrated a hugely successful 2014 by giving £23.5 million to its charitable owner, the Allchurches Trust. The donation is almost half of Ecclesiastical's three-year target of giving away £50 million by 2017

Women more likely to believe than men, survey finds

Women more likely to believe than men, survey finds

WOMEN are more likely than men to believe in life after death, a survey carried out by the UCL Institute of Education suggests

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Lichfield to appoint Online Pastor; Priest suspended after indecent-assault allegation; Group launches Richard III RC burial campaign; Insurers raise limit on metal-theft cover; Red top causes red faces; Christian Aid leads campaign against tax avoidance; Meet and greet, says Welby: don't tweet

Photos: Bravura

Photos: Bravura

Bravura: four drawings by Giambattista Tiepolo, from a series of about 75 variations on the theme of the Holy Family (c.1754-62), auctioned by Sotheby's, New York, on Wednesday

Small steps make a big difference to Albanian women

Small steps make a big difference to Albanian women

PRIMROSE PEACOCK last year raised funds to provide 18 sewing machines to enable destitute Albanian women, or older girls with family responsibilities, to train as factory outworkers or village "sewing ladies"

Ebola cases fall but battle is not over

Ebola cases fall but battle is not over

THE director of the World Health Organization, Dr Margaret Chan, has warned against complacency and "donor fatigue" in the fight against the Ebola virus, as it was announced that the number of cases is in decline

Videogames: 2014 round-up

Compiling a definitive list of the year's best games is still a popular pastime, and certainly seen as less crass than crowning the top ten paperbacks or paintings. Bracketing out this and othe...  Read More

Job of the week

Priest in Charge

South East

Diocese of Chelmsford is currently looking to fill the following posts Priest-in-charge, St Mary, Prittlewell This ancient parish, in Southend-on-Sea is looking for a priest in the Liberal-Cathol...  Read More

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