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Synod delivers a confident vote for women bishops

Synod delivers a confident vote for women bishops

Eighteen months after the collapse of the previous women-bishops draft Measure, a new creation was awaiting approval at the General Synod...

Ecumenical unity still vital despite women bishops vote, says Welby

Ecumenical unity still vital despite women bishops vote, says Welby

THE Archbishop of Canterbury admitted on Thursday that allowing women into the episcopate will be a "further difficulty" on the road to unity with other Churches

Synod seeks to amend robes canon

Synod seeks to amend robes canon

WEARING robes could become optional for those officiating at some services, after the General Synod passed a motion calling for draft legislation to relax the current rules

Welby gives warning ahead of assisted dying Bill


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THE Archbishop of Canterbury has joined forces with 22 other faith leaders to warn that a change in the law on assisted dying would have a "serious detrimental effect" on society

Abuse survivor joins criticism of Butler-Sloss over inquiry

Abuse survivor joins criticism of Butler-Sloss over inquiry

A MAN who was abused as a choirboy, Phil Johnson, has added his voice to the criticism of Baroness Butler-Sloss, who resigned on Monday from chairing the Government's inquiry into historical allegations of child-abuse in institutions

Black Church seeks to have more say in politics

Black Church seeks to have more say in politics

THE first Black Church political manifesto to be drawn up in the UK has urged black and ethnic-minority Christians to engage in social and political action

Gaza: prayers for peace as violence escalates

Gaza: prayers for peace as violence escalates

THE Egyptian-led diplomatic efforts to end the violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel have been conducted against a background of calls from church leaders for prayers for peace

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A poet who sets puzzles

A poet who sets puzzles

After the publication of a new edition of Rowan Williams's poems, Cole Moreton asks the priest-poet what goes on behind the verse  Subscribe to read more

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Tue 22 Jul 14 @ 9:59
RT @JustinWelbyPraying for the well-being of girls and progress at @GirlSummit #girlsummit, campaign against FGM and child/forced marriage very important

Tue 22 Jul 14 @ 9:59
RT @David_CameronI'll make reporting FGM mandatory for doctors, teachers and social workers. Let's end this abhorrent practice once and for all. #GirlSummit

Books reviewed this week
From Wojtyła to Bergoglio

From Wojtyła to Bergoglio

Including The Church of Mercy: Pope Francis -  Giuliano Vigini, editor

Cure for the ‘me’ obsession

Cure for the ‘me’ obsession

The Big Ego Trip: Finding true significance in a culture of self-esteem by Glynn Harrison 

Choosing of paths

Choosing of paths

Including Twelve Steps to Spiritual Health by David Usher 

Ill-at-ease estates of the realm

Ill-at-ease estates of the realm

Parliament: The biography. Volume 1: Ancestral voices by Chris Bryant 

Wonga chairman acknowledges need to repair reputation

Wonga chairman acknowledges need to repair reputation

A NEW mood of penitence could be detected at Wonga, the payday lenders, this week. 

Priest takes on Treasury over ‘unfair charity tax’

Priest takes on Treasury over ‘unfair charity tax’

A PRIEST in Warwickshire has begun a David and Goliath battle with the Treasury over the imposi­tion of insurance premium tax (IPT) on listed places of worship.

Bishop Frith translated to Hereford See

Bishop Frith translated to Hereford See

CONSERVATIVES and traditionalists who cannot accept women bishops will still flourish in the diocese of Hereford, its next Bishop has said

Clerics get hot around the hob

Clerics get hot around the hob

A CLERICAL cookery challenge set two priests to cook the best nutritious meal, using only items found in a typical foodbank parcel, in front of a live audience. They were given only 30 minutes.

New home for Comper

New home for Comper

A REREDOS dating from 1908, created for St Luke's Hospital for the Clergy by Sir Ninian Comper, has found a new home at St Mark's, Regent's Park, London

Pope Francis advances British nun's canonisation cause

Pope Francis advances British nun

POPE FRANCIS has advanced the cause of the canonisation of Sophie Leeves, a British former Anglican, just a month after he recognised the "heroic virtue" of Frances Taylor, the daughter of a former Rector of Stoke Rochford, in Lincolnshire

‘Trojan horse’ Trust members resign

‘Trojan horse’ Trust  members resign

IN A SURPRISE step, announced days before the end of the school year, members of the Park View Academy Trust - which is responsible for three Birmingham schools at the centre of the "Trojan horse" allegations - resigned on Tuesday.

Apology over state of graveyard

Apology over state of graveyard

CHURCH officials have apologised to a woman after she stumbled over human remains in a graveyard.

Twelfth of July passes off peacefully

Twelfth of July passes off peacefully

THE Orange Order and Northern Irish politicians were praised by the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland after the peaceful end to a contentious Twelfth of July parade in Belfast on Saturday, which, in former years, sparked off days of rioting by Loyalist and Nationalist factions.

Dissenters air grievances during women bishops debate

Dissenters air grievances during women bishops debate

"AS DELIGHTED as I am for the outcome of this vote, I am also mindful of those within the Church for whom the result will be difficult and a cause of sorrow." The Archbishop of Canterbury had in mind on Monday evening the group of conservative Evangelicals who, throughout...

Mission goes at full throttle

Mission goes at full throttle

A SCHEME aimed at engaging churches with young adults through their interest in motorbikes was launched this week. The REV Project uses the iconic imagery of motorcycling as a way of sharing the gospel to generate interest and engage young people. 

‘More pressing needs’ should not halt replacing pipe organ

‘More pressing needs’ should not halt replacing pipe organ

THE fact that there might be more pressing needs than that of a new church organ was not a matter that should prevent the grant of a confirmatory faculty for the replacement of an existing pipe organ with a digital organ, the Commissary General of the diocese of Canterbury, Morag Ellis QC, stated

Dig reveals medieval Welsh convent

Dig reveals medieval Welsh convent

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have found hard evidence of a rare medieval convent, long known to have existed in west Wales. Until now, mystery surrounded the exact location of the Llanllyr nunnery in the Aeron Valley, near Aberaeron. 

Photo: Illumination

Photo: Illumination

The Missal of Ludwig of Teck (1430-35), a newly discovered work by the Master of the Prayerbook, Albrecht V, a Habsburg Duke of Austria, was sold for £1,082,500, at Sotheby's on Wednesday

Photos: from the dust of the earth

Photos: from the dust of the earth

Ronald Blythe, artist, writer, and Church Times columnist, with the sculpture of his head created by the artist Jon Edgar.

Photos: God’s acre

Photos: God’s acre

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, consecrates a new burial ground, next to the graveyard at St Wulfran's, Ovingdean. Known as "Daphne's Field", bought with a generous legacy from a parishioner, it overlooks the sea. 

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Bishop welcomes new Education Secretary; Bishop Jones to chair hospital inquiry; Mother feels her son's heart beat again; Lay pioneers recognised; Rediscovered manuscript adds weight to canonisation call

Agencies warn of famine in South Sudan


Agencies warn of famine in South Sudan

THE spectre of famine is looming over South Sudan, three years after it celebrated its independence, charities are warning

Malala campaigns for the release of schoolgirls

Malala campaigns for the release of schoolgirls

THE Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, Malala Yousafzai, this week met the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan. She pressed for the release of the 200 schoolgirls captured almost 100 days ago by the Islamist group Boko Haram

Dean Jensen to resign

Dean Jensen to resign

THE Dean of St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, the Very Revd Phillip Jensen, has announced that he will resign at the end of the year.

Schori urges compassion on migrants

Schori urges compassion on migrants

RELIGIOUS leaders have called on President Obama to respond "compassionately" to the mounting humanitarian crisis along the Texas border, where thousands of unaccompanied children have been trying to cross over from Central America.

Synod: Synod finds spirit of agreement about women

Synod: Synod finds spirit of agreement about women

Women bishops: THE issue of women bishops dominated the General Synod's sessions in York.

Synod: Case is made for relaxing rules on robing

Synod: Case is made for relaxing rules on robing

Vesture Canon: THE Synod has asked for draft legislation to amend the canon on the vesture of the minister during divine service, by carrying a private member's motion from the Revd Christopher Hobbs (London). 

Synod: Ecumenical greeting

Synod: Ecumenical greeting

Ecumenical greeting: DR IRMGARD SCHWAETZER, who chairs the Synod of the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD, Evangelical Church in Germany), brought a greeting on behalf of the ecumenical guests, as well as "cordial greetings from the Council of the EKD, the Plenary Church Conference, and the Presidium of the Synod.

Synod: Celebrating liberty and politics

Synod: Celebrating liberty and politics

Magna Carta: MOVING a Guildford diocesan-synod motion about the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Keith Malcouronne, described the Archbishop of Canterbury Cardinal Stephen Langton as both "gifted remarkably and used remarkably" by God.

Synod: Collaboration urged for common good

Common good: CHURCHPEOPLE have been urged by the General Synod to challenge political parties to "promote the common good" in the next General Election. The Church is also being encouraged to develop further its own efforts in this area.

Synod: Plainer words for use at christenings

Synod: Plainer words for use at christenings

Alternative baptism: FOR many people, "the devil has been turned into a cartoon-like character of no particular malevolence," the Bishop of Sodor & Man, the Rt Revd Robert Paterson, said as he introduced the first consideration debate on the Additional Texts for Holy Baptism.

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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