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West warned not to be faint-hearted in dealing with IS

West warned not to be faint-hearted in dealing with IS

THE crisis in Iraq, which has particularly affected Christians and other minority communities, has taken on new a dimension owing to increasing international support for Kurdish troops fighting the Islamic State (IS) forces

Police and BBC criticised for coverage of Cliff Richard raid

Police and BBC criticised for coverage of Cliff Richard raid

BOTH South Yorkshire Police and the BBC have been criticised after the Corporation broadcast footage of officers searching Sir Cliff Richard's home live on television last week

'Some are too traumatised to speak': Bishop pleads for South Sudan

WOMEN in South Sudan are crying "day and night, their children are dying at their hands", while their leaders put their personal interests first, a South Sudanese bishop said on Wednesday

Doubt cast on charities’ star turns

Doubt cast on charities’ star turns

SIGNING up a star brings little benefit to charities, which over-estimate the appeal of celebrity, a new survey suggests

Cameron promises 'family test' for Government policies

Cameron promises

THE Prime Minister this week pledged to put families at the heart of government policy, promising to carry out a "family test" on every new policy his Government introduces

Lessons learnt from Somerset floods

Lessons learnt from Somerset floods

CHURCHES need to be turned into community hubs, equipped with broadband and food services, so as to help communities through local emergencies, a new report suggests

C of E cricketers limber up for match

C of E cricketers limber up for match

As the day for the Vatican-Church of England Twenty20 cricket match draws closer,Paul Handley considers the teams and their chances

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An angry voice and a tear

An angry voice and a tear

Sinéad O'Connor headlines at the Greenbelt Festival this Sunday, despite her very public history of animosity against the Roman Catholic Church. Is she a troublemaker, a publicity-seeker, or a prophet? Cole Moreton makes an evaluation  Read More

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Books reviewed this week
Poverty on the agenda

Poverty on the agenda

Including Charity: The place of the poor in the biblical tradition by Gary A. Anderson 

Legal and biblical

Legal and biblical

Law and the Bible: Justice, mercy and legal institutions - Robert F. Cochran Jr. and David VanDrunen, editors 

Victims and antagonists

Victims and antagonists

Including Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian eyes by Mitri Raheb 

Qur’anic primer

Qur’anic primer

The Qur'an: A new annotated translation by A. J. Droge 

Evangelicals back Union but less sure about EU

Evangelicals back Union but less sure about EU

THREE in four Evangelicals would be unhappy if Scotland voted to become independent next month, a survey for the Evangelical Alliance has reported

‘Create safe routes for refugees’ says bishop after Tilbury discovery

‘Create safe routes for refugees’ says bishop after Tilbury discovery

THE discovery of 35 migrants at Tilbury Docks on Saturday morning  should alert Britain to its "proud and honourable tradition of offering sanctuary", the Bishop of Bradwell said on Tuesday

Greenbelt at ‘magical’ new site

Greenbelt  at ‘magical’ new site

"COME with an open mind, and wrap up warm": that's the advice for everyone travelling to this year's Greenbelt Festival, which gets under way today, writes Tim Wyatt. For the first time, the annual celebration of arts, faith, and justice is being held at Broughton House, near...

Jesus the Homeless statue seeks London base

Jesus the Homeless statue seeks London base

A CANADIAN sculptor, Timothy Schmalz, is appealing for help to find a site in London to place his statue Jesus the Homeless

Runner sets himself coastal-path challenge

Runner sets himself coastal-path challenge

A Somserset clergyman has embarked on an extreme fundraising challenge for Christian Aid

Ukrainian Orthodox elect new Metropolitan

Ukrainian Orthodox elect new Metropolitan

UKRAINIAN Orthodox believers have elected a new Metropolitan, but trouble may lie ahead

Photo: Solidarity

Photo: Solidarity

Palestinians and others gathered in an east London church to raise money for Gazans affected by the conflict

Inquiry to be held into Irish refugee abortion case

Inquiry to be held into Irish refugee abortion case

A YOUNG refugee, who was raped during a conflict in her native land, was denied an abortion in Ireland despite the agreement by a panel of experts that she was suicidal

Photo: Eye to eye

Photo: Eye to eye

Pope Francis takes in a tour of South Korea, and a fly-over of China

World news in brief

World news in brief

Fire sale boosts Minster's funds | Steep fall in insurance claims by churches | Parents told to teach children, rapture or no rapture

Welby: Church seen as nasty

Welby: Church seen as nasty

ANGLICANS are "like one of those families that, rather than having their arguments in private, hissing at each other and sulking, goes out in the garden and shouts", the Archbishop of Canterbury said on Wednesday of last week, during a visit to Australia

Learning with Lego

Learning with Lego

Durham: FOR months, visitors to Durham Cathedral have been helping to rebuild the cathedral in Lego at £1 a brick, raising money for the cathedral's Open Treasure project to improve the way in which it displays its great wealth of historic artefacts.

Sacred cycling

Sacred cycling

St Davids: A new map of Sacred Trails has just been produced by the charity Sustrans, together with the Church in Wales and Cadw, the Welsh government's historic-environment service. 

And now the girls. . .

And now the girls. . .

Truro: THE Chapter has been thinking about introducing girl choristers for many years, the Dean of Truro, the Very Revd Roger Bush, says. Now, at last, they are to have a girls' choir, starting this autumn.

Local support

Local support

Canterbury: DID you know that the world's most popular fruit is the tomato? This was one of the answers required at the quiz and competition night held by more than 130 members of staff, volunteers, and friends of Canterbury Cathedral. 

Reach for new life

Reach for new life

Southwell: THERE was just one nun left when the Convent of St Laurence, Southwell, finally closed. The Community of St Laurence had been founded in Norwich, in 1874, and had done much devoted work through the years, but it had lived out its natural life. 

Cross of bullets

Cross of bullets

Salisbury: THE longest-serving bishop still in office in the Anglican Communion, the Rt Revd Dinis Sengulane, was recently in the UK. On his visit to Salisbury, he presented the Bishop of Salisbury with a pectoral cross made from two bullets and the firing bolt of a rifle

Did King Charles I have Asperger’s syndrome?

Did King Charles I have Asperger’s syndrome?

New research suggests that the King's medical condition may have affected his decision-making, but it did not prevent his saving the Church of England, argues Robert Beaken

How teens can deal well with death

How teens can deal well with death

Young people often confront their grief better than adults, says Tess Kuin Lawton

Violence in St Louis

Leader: The presence of pastors and congregation members among the protesters in Feguson is welcomed, but TV images of heavily armed troops battling with looters will send the wrong message

Seek renewal for the long haul, not a quick fix

Angela Tilby: David Cameron was right to resist vehement cries from the press and elsewhere to recall Parliament in the wake of an apparently worsening crisis in northern Iraq

Focus on the opposition to all faiths

Religious people need to decry persecution more widely, says Paul Vallely

Business in church: first steps

Maggie Durran: Our architect recommended that we contact you for advice on how to move forward with our idea for setting up a community business in our church - a business that will help to build links with and serve local people. Can you help us to get started?

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe takes in his late-summer garden, leaning on a new stick

Death of Pope Pius

100 years ago:  HASTENED by the cataclysm which has fallen upon the European world, the death of the Pope has come as a shock to those whose thoughts have been absorbed by the news from the area of war

Challenge of the Islamic State extremists in Iraq

From Mr R. H. Stansfield; From the Ven. Alan Davis

Talking about death, and This Happy Breed

From the Revd David Primrose; From Helen Innes

Making Nothing Happen / My Bright Abyss

Making Nothing Happen: Five poets explore faith and spirituality Gavin D'Costa, Eleanor Nesbitt, Mark Pryce, Ruth Shelton and Nicola Slee Ashgate, 215pp My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a ...  Read More

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Vicar

London and Home Counties

Diocese of Oxford Archdeaconry of Berkshire - Deanery of Newbury The Bishop of Reading seeks to appoint a VICAR for St. Mary the Virgin, Greenham Greenham is a single parish benefice on the sou...  Read More

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