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Cameron affirms partnership with Church

Cameron affirms partnership with Church

A CONFIDENT Church is a "vital partner" in the care of the nation, the Prime Minister writes in this week's Church Times

Churches' letter to PM and fast decry hunger in UK

Churches

FORTY-TWO Anglican bishops and more than 600 clerics and ministers have signed an open letter demanding that politicians act to stop people going hungry in the UK

Priest marries gay partner

Priest marries gay partner

A CHAPLAIN in Lincolnshire has become the first priest in the Church of England to be married to a same-sex partner, in defiance of House of Bishops' guidance

Life hangs in the balance for people of Ukraine

Life hangs in the balance for people of Ukraine

Stuart Robertson, Acting Anglican Chaplain in Kiev reports from Kiev

Holy Week marked with poppies and shoeshine

Holy Week marked with poppies and shoeshine

FROM Passion-inspired artwork set in 12 shipping containers across the north-east of England to 500 new poppy fields in Devon, the closing days of Lent are being observed in a variety of ways around the country

Yorkshire dioceses will celebrate Paschal rebirth

Yorkshire dioceses will celebrate Paschal rebirth

ON EASTER DAY, millions of people in Yorkshire will awake to a new reality. At 11.59 p.m. the previous day, three dioceses will have ceased to be. In their place will be the diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales, a new creation born after much debate

Parish is too well off to sell armour, court decides

Parish is too well off to sell armour, court decides

THE parish of Oakley with Wootton St Lawrence, in the diocese of Winchester, is not, after all, to be allowed to sell a rare artefact that hung in the church for almost 300 years 

In this week's issue...
  • Holy Week and Easter
    Barbara Brown Taylor, Andrew Davison, Caroline Chartres, Richard Harries, Stephen Cherry

  • PLUS: David Cameron writes on Christianity

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My faith in the Church of England

David Cameron expresses his pride in its openness, beauty, social action, and pastoral care  Read More

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Putting Passion into performance

Putting Passion into performance

Pat Ashworth talks to the originators of two home-grown Passion stagings, one musical and the other theatrical  Subscribe to read more

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Fri 18 Apr 14 @ 10:27
RT @seatroutExtremely long profile of Justin Welby (I wrote 3,800 words) in the Guardian today http://t.co/kDvwJoa6hW Not all nonsense.

Thu 17 Apr 14 @ 17:35
RT @barbararoutley“@RicStott: And finished... http://t.co/DTfRJmYKz9”. @churchtimes

Books reviewed this week
For a closer walk

For a closer walk

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller 

Not only for the eight-o’clockers

Not only for the eight-o’clockers

The Canterbury Companion to the BCP Gospels by Raymond Chapman 

Before the ending of the day

Before the ending of the day

Prayer as Night Falls: Experiencing compline by Kenneth V. Peterson 

A sacrificial priesthood

A sacrificial priesthood

Managing Clergy Lives: Obedience, sacrifice, intimacy by Nigel Peyton and Caroline Gatrell

The spirit of the game

John Saxbee learns that sport is a holy obligation

Church of England advises retaining civil partnerships

Church of England advises retaining civil partnerships

THE Government should not abolish civil partnerships, because it would create an "invidious choice" for gay couples who may not wish, for religious reasons, to get married, a Church of England submission has said

Rector is believed to have drowned during seaborne pilgrimage

Rector is believed to have drowned during seaborne pilgrimage

A RECTOR from Dorset whose body was discovered washed up on a beach on Monday of last week is thought to have drowned during a 150-mile seaborne pilgrimage to Cornwall

Make an Easter offering for priests

LENT is almost over, but it is not too late to give to the Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund appeal. It stays open during Eastertide.

Shropshire congregation repairs to garage

Shropshire congregation repairs to garage

AN INFORMAL gathering of two halves of a house-group that split after becoming too large, has turned into a regular ecumenical worship event - a local car repair garage

Burglary at ‘the Stump’ in Boston

Burglary at ‘the Stump’ in Boston

A BURGLARY at what is believed to be the tallest parish church in England, St Botolph's, in Boston, has been described as "devastating" by the Team Rector, Canon Alyson Buxton. Money from donation boxes and memorial candles at the church -known locally as "the Stump" - were...

Cemetery chapel is destroyed

Cemetery chapel is destroyed

THE chapel in the cemetery in Nottinghamshire where the parents of the author and poet D. H. Lawrence are buried was reduced to little more than a shell by a severe fire last week

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Welby: Why Rev. doesn't get me down; Bishop of Oxford announces retirement; Urquhart sounds note of caution on schools probe; Lord Carey comes to Mr Kuttner's defence

Churchgoers rejoice in their beds

Churchgoers rejoice in their beds

PEOPLE who attend church regularly are more likely to be happy with their love lives, a new study by researchers at the University of Porto in Portugal suggests

Evangelicals embrace Bible apps

Evangelicals embrace Bible apps

EVANGELICAL Christians are embracing smart technology to keep up their daily Bible-reading schedules, a new report suggests

Welby addresses US violence

Welby addresses US violence

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has urged Episcopalians in the United States to challenge a culture of violence by being reconcilers

Australian Archbishops' disquiet over offshore detentions

Australian Archbishops

ANGLICAN Archbishops in Australia have expressed their "profound disquiet" that about 1000 asylum-seeker children are being held in detention centres across the country

Sunday smiles

Sunday smiles

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, in New Zealand, with the Dean, the Very Revd Dr Trevor James, after attending a Palm Sunday service

Assad forces retake Maaloula

Assad forces retake Maaloula

GOVERNMENT forces in Syria have once again captured the small town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, where inhabitants converse in both Arabic and Aramaic, the language spoken by Christ

World news in brief

World news in brief

Pakistani Christians sentenced to death | Nigerian Church welcomes Muslims

Opportunity seized

Opportunity seized

Lichfield: IN 2007, the local authority in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, decided to build a new library to replace the old one directly across the road from St Thomas's. 

Mothers appreciated

Mothers appreciated

Llandaff: SURELY it is the first time that the Mothers' Union has had its logo embroidered on the collar of a rugby shirt. The South Wales Scorpions' Rugby League Club held a collection for the MU "Make a Mother's Day" appeal on Mothering Sunday, 

Knitting an egg

Knitting an egg

Portsmouth: THEY are quite the strangest-looking Easter eggs - but the worshippers at St Cuthbert's, Copnor, have knitted 12 of them, and hidden them in shops and the library along the Tangier Road as an Easter-egg trail for families to discover.

Happy outcome

Happy outcome

St Albans: NOT so much an expenses scandal as one of simony. Herbert de Losinga, the French-born Abbot of Ramsey, paid £1900 to the King, William Rufus, to be made Bishop of Thetford. 

Carrying the cross

Carrying the cross

Norwich: THEY may not be as heavy to carry as the original Cross, but they will still have been burdensome if the Revd Martin Hartley, in Newton Flotman, and the Team Rector, the Revd Sally Gaze, have been able to stick to their plan of carrying these crosses with them wherever they have gone during this Holy Week.

Episcopal service

Episcopal service

Birmingham:  LESS impressive than a mitre, the Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Revd David Urquhart, put on a plastic shower-cap and rolled up his sleeves to help players from the rugby team the Worcester Warriors to prepare and serve a hot breakfast to a group of vulnerable people and rough-sleepers from across the city.

The language of God — now more than ever

The language of God — now more than ever

Sacred music provides a way in to religious experience, even for those who do not recognise the divine, argues Jonathan Arnold

Riding westward

Leader: The noisy joy of Easter Day has the power to bring disparate people together. Again, for some, immediate circumstances prevent participation, or even attendance; but the infectious, healing qualities of joy can overcome much. 

Ordination vows under appraisal

Angela Tilby: ALL round the dioceses on Maundy Thursday, members of the clergy renew their ordination vows. For many, the Chrism Mass is a highlight of the year, a chance to reconnect with vocation, on the brink of the great three days that are the climax of Holy Week.

Shunning foreign students

Other countries will reap the rewards of an arbitrary policy, says Paul Vallely

Finding funding, filling forms

Maggie Durran:  Our church plans to enlarge and improve its old Church Room for both existing and potential use by new groups. Have you written any books on the subject of fund-raising and about church-related building projects? We are a small group with ex-teachers and some IT support.

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Thomas Hardy's tree reminds Ronald Blythe of a childhood mystery

Morning Phase

Beck Capitol records Everyone needs sad songs occasionally. A little musical wallow can be an important part of the healing process - whether you're getting over loneliness (Nilsson's 'With...  Read More

Job of the week

Ecumenical Chaplain

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G4S An equal opportunities employer Ecumenical Chaplain HMP Parc, Bridgend £29,920 pa | Full time As the world's leading security solutions group with operations in over 120 countries an...  Read More

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Broadcasting Handel with care
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This Saturday, BBC2 revisits one of the earliest known benefit concerts, the first London performance of Handel's Messiah at the Foundling Hospital. Olly Grant goes behind the scenes

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