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Immigration stories horrify parliamentary group

Immigration stories horrify parliamentary group

A NEW parliamentary inquiry has called for a 28-day cap on the time that anyone can be held in immigration detention in the UK, to end the indefinite detention of migrants and asylum-seekers

Chartres sets out plan for ‘Bishop for church-plants’

Chartres sets out plan for ‘Bishop for church-plants’

A NEW "bishop for church-plants" has been proposed by the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres. The aim is to support the burgeoning movement as it spreads across the country

Sacked nursery worker challenges EU and English law

Sacked nursery worker challenges EU and English law

A BELGIAN nursery worker is arguing that EU law requires the UK to protect the "social norms of other EU states and the religious views of workers who come to the UK", and that any English law that conflicts with the expression of religious views should be set aside

Welby: Evangelism a Gospel imperative, not Church survival strategy

Welby: Evangelism a Gospel imperative, not Church survival strategy

EVANGELISM is not simply a "survival strategy" for the Church of England, but a fundamental imperative for all those who know Christ, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said

‘Good disagreement’ breaks out at CEEC meeting

‘Good disagreement’ breaks out at CEEC meeting

HOPES for the shared conversations about sexuality appear to have been raised by an outbreak of "good disagreement" at a conference held by the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC) in London on Saturday

Reform asylum system for persecuted Christians, says conference speaker

Reform asylum system for persecuted Christians, says conference speaker

THE UK asylum system's "ridiculous" approach to persecuted Christians in the Middle East must be reformed, a conference heard on Saturday

Bristol churches open doors for community grieving Becky Watts

Bristol churches open doors for community grieving Becky Watts

CHURCHES in Bristol have been helping the family and friends of the Bristol teenager Becky Watts grieve their loss, on the day her step-brother appeared in court charged with her murder

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Teenagers are surprisingly interested in God, but they have an unerring instinct for authenticity, suggests Tess Kuin Lawton  Read More

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The message is ‘Less is more,’ more or less

The message is ‘Less is more,’ more or less

James Wallman's new book argues that having more does not make us happy. Cole Moreton tackles his assumptions  Subscribe to read more

‘Give us this day our daily Bread’
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If we are one Body, then every part of that body should be properly fed, writes Sara Miles

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Books reviewed this week
God known in pop and dance

God known in pop and dance

Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture: Responses to the work of David Brown - Robert McSwain and Taylor Worley, editors 

It’s good to talk

It’s good to talk

Why Can't They Get Along? A conversation between a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian - Dawoud El-Alami, Dan Cohn-Sherbok, and George D. Chryssides

Search for a theology that works

Search for a theology that works

Dorothee Soelle: Life and work by Andrew Francis 

Longing for God

Longing for God

Including Fully Alive: The transforming power of prayer by John Main

Now you don’t see it — Abbey sneaks in tower

Now you don’t see it — Abbey sneaks in tower

WESTMINSTER ABBEY is to have a new tower and its museum and gallery are to be expanded, in the most significant changes to the building since the 18th century

Teenagers having faith top moral poll

Teenagers having faith top moral poll

TEENAGERS in the UK who profess a faith are more likely to make good choices when faced with a moral dilemma than those who do not, new research suggests

‘Thank goodness the TAP Fund was there’

‘Thank goodness the TAP Fund was there’

ANDREW RACE is in his final year of training for the priesthood at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. The TAP Special Hardship Fund has made all the difference

Churches urge review of ‘harsh’ benefit sanctions

Churches urge review of ‘harsh’ benefit sanctions

FIVE British churches are calling for a "full and independent review" of the sanctions regime for claimants of unemployment benefits, and an "urgent reform of the hardship-payments system" 

Make sex education compulsory, MPs urge

Make sex education compulsory, MPs urge

THE Government should back sex-and-relationships education (SRE) that is "age-appropriate" for all school-age children by making it compulsory, a group of MPs said last month

Bottley takes on £1-a-day challenge

Bottley takes on £1-a-day challenge

THE Revd Kate Bottley, who appears on the Channel 4 programme Gogglebox, will live on just £1 a day as part of the campaign "Live Below the Line"

Cycling convert’s charity marathon

Cycling convert’s charity marathon

A CYCLING enthusiast is pedalling his way to all 42 Anglican cathedrals in mainland England in memory of his brother. In all, David Graham expects to cover about 2500 miles, and raise £4000 for the charity Rethink Mental Illness

Bishop criticises threat to Welsh primary school

Bishop criticises threat to Welsh primary school

THE Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, has strongly criticised Denbighshire County Council for attempting to close a Church in Wales primary school at Llanbedr Dyffryn Ceiriog twice in 12 months

New insurer enters the church market

New insurer enters the church market

A NEW insurer has entered the market for churches, promising customers an annual share in profits. ParishCare from Trinitas Insurance Services was launched last Friday. It is being underwritten by Aviva

‘We must report abuse to protect children’

‘We must report abuse to protect children’

CLERICS and other church workers should be sent to prison if they fail to act to protect children suffering from sexual abuse, the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) has said

Emwazi school remains silent about ‘Jihadi John’ link

Emwazi school remains silent about ‘Jihadi John’ link

THE C of E primary school attended by Mohammed Emwazi - identified last week as the Islamic State terrorist "Jihadi John" - has remained silent about his time at the school

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Bishop of Lichfield to retire in September; Applications to 'spend a year in God's time' welcomed; New notice period to combat sham marriages; Former police chaplain sentenced to prison

Doctrine of headship linked to cases of domestic violence

Doctrine of headship linked to cases of domestic violence

THE teaching of male headship, a key doctrine among conservative Evangelicals in the diocese of Sydney, is coming under scrutiny in the Australian media as a potential cause of domestic violence

Easter cards for world’s persecuted Christians

Easter cards for world’s persecuted Christians

FOR 31 years, the ecumenical charity Action by Christians Against Torture (ACAT) has sent Christmas cards to victims of torture and Christians imprisoned for their faith around the world. At Easter, for the first time, it is asking supporters to pick up their pen again

Join me in fighting tax avoidance, says Zambian minister

Join me in fighting tax avoidance, says Zambian minister

A ZAMBIAN ecumenist has called on British Christians to join her fight to make mining companies in Zambia pay a fair amount of tax on their profits

World news in brief

World news in brief

Archbishops calls for end to conflict in South Sudan; Indian prayers to end attacks on churches; ACO head of communications returns to World Vision

Photo: Last rites

Photo: Last rites

An Orthodox priest swings a censer over the coffin of the murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, during a burial ceremony at Troekurovskoye Cemetery in Moscow

Why religion shouldn’t be too cool for school

Why religion shouldn’t be too cool for school

Teenagers are surprisingly interested in God, but they have an unerring instinct for authenticity, suggests Tess Kuin Lawton

This just one thing

Late, you don't know the half, and at the end of the day I'm at it, the tethered end: this selfreflexive, monographical effort. '[N]o acceptable religious position that is not a reinforcement o...  Read More

Job of the week

Rector

North West

DIOCESE OF CHESTER RECTOR for the Parish of Heswall, Wirral Is God calling you to lead our large, lively, outward looking local parish? We value Biblical teaching highly, focus on mission in th...  Read More

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