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Chester wins race for C of E’s first woman bishop

Chester wins race for C of E’s first woman bishop

A PARISH priest, the Revd Libby Lane, is to be the first woman bishop in the Church of England, it was announced on Wednesday, one month to the day after the passing of legislation to enable women's consecration

Pakistani Taliban condemned for school massacre

Pakistani Taliban condemned for school massacre

RELIGIOUS and political leaders have joined with public figures around the world to condemn the Pakistani Taliban's massacre this week of at least 132 children and nine staff at the Peshawar Army School

Bill will put women bishops at head of queue for House of Lords

Bill will put women bishops at head of queue for House of Lords

If enacted, the Bill enables women diocesan bishops to skip the queue - currently 14 bishops long

Reforms needed to halt decline, says Archbishop Welby

Reforms needed to halt decline, says Archbishop Welby

PLANS to transform the Church of England were trailed this week by the Archbishop of Canterbury

C of E leaders respond to ‘turbulence’ over Green report

C of E leaders respond to ‘turbulence’ over Green report

THE Archbishop of Canterbury and other bishops this week defended a radical overhaul of the process for training and selecting future church leaders, in the face of online denunciations by clerics and lay people

Commissioners hope money will grow on trees

Commissioners hope money will grow on trees

THE Church Commissioners have spent almost £50 million buying 15 forests across Scotland and Wales in a bid to make their investment portfolio more sustainable

Episcopal cloud over conversion of civil partnerships

Episcopal cloud over conversion of civil partnerships

THE Revd Richard Haggis always regarded his civil partnership with Ricardo Gonçalves as an "interim measure"...

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There is no divine right of managers

Business should be learning from the Church rather than the other way round, argues Justin Lewis-Anthony  Subscribe to read more

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I was there when the tsunami struck

I was there when the tsunami struck

Ten years ago, Maxwell Hutchinson and his wife were on holiday in Sri Lanka when it was torn apart by the tsunami. He tells how they survived  Subscribe to read more

Nativity play: theme and variations
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Humanism is suffocating the humanistic spirit, especially at Christmas, says Paul Vallely

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Books reviewed this week
When coercion is not an option

When coercion is not an option

A Polity of Persuasion: Gift and grief of Anglicanism by Jeffrey W. Driver 

Time to travel beyond Narnia

Time to travel beyond Narnia

Deep Magic, Dragons, and Talking Mice: How reading C. S. Lewis can change your life by Alister McGrath 

One more step along the road

One more step along the road

In Search of Deep Faith: A pilgrimage into the beauty, goodness and heart of Christianity by Jim Belcher 

Expressing the beauty of God

Expressing the beauty of God

Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully by John Piper 

Christmas celebrations banned because of Ebola

Christmas celebrations banned because of Ebola

CHRISTMAS celebrations are being banned in Sierra Leone, as the country tries to fight back against the Ebola virus

Prayers said for victims of 16-hour siege at Sydney cafe

Prayers said for victims of 16-hour siege at Sydney cafe

THE Primate of Australia, Dr Philip Freier, has called for an investigation into how the gunman at the centre of Monday's hostage crisis in Sydney had access to a gun

Cuts affect service for runaways

Cuts affect service for runaways

FINDING safe places for children who run away from home is becoming more difficult because of funding cuts, higher thresholds for intervention, and the declining availability of services, a new report suggests

Church’s flagship credit union is ready to launch

Church’s flagship credit union is ready to launch

THE Church of England's flagship credit union has been approved by the financial regulators, paving the way for it to open its doors officially in February

Dean Gordon decries Ireland's 'sick psyche'

Dean Gordon decries Ireland

REVELATIONS of physical and mental abuse by staff in a care home for people with severe learning disabilities was the latest in a catalogue of misuses of power that the Churches in Ireland have failed to address, the Dean of Leighlin, the Very Revd Tom Gordon, said on Sunday

Census finds the Force is still with us

Census finds the Force is still with us

MORE than 176,000 people described their religion as "Jedi Knight" in the last census in 2011, new figures have shown

Faith schools top DfE league tables across the country

Faith schools top DfE league tables across the country

AS THE Department for Education's latest statistics show a continued improvement in primary school standards, Church of England and Roman Catholic schools emerged as among the most successful in the country

Miliband praises Christians' efforts against poverty and injustice

Miliband praises Christians

CHRISTIANS share the same values as the Labour Party and play an important part in it, the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has said

St Paul’s objects to Garden Bridge over the Thames

St Paul’s objects to Garden Bridge over the Thames

THE Dean and Chapter of St Paul's have "serious misgivings" over the proposed Garden Bridge over the Thames, which has been approved by Westminster City Council

Photo: celestial woollies

Photo: celestial woollies

Celestial woollies: Mary Jane Montgom­erie's installation Inspiration and Meaning, in St Mary's, Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire, was inspired by textile art depicting the seven planets represented in Gustav Holst's The Planets, 

Passage

Jason Rohrer PC Passage is a game that has been around since 2007 but didn't enter my gaming habits until this year. Its unusual retro graphics, autobiographical intent and easily accessibl...  Read More

Job of the week

Lecturer in Biblical Studies

New Zealand

THE COLLEGE OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST LECTURER IN BIBLICAL STUDIES (known as 'The Sir Paul Reeves' Lecturer') St John's Theological College (An Anglican Seminary of the Province of Aotearoa, New ...  Read More

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