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‘We face attacks if C of E marriage policy changes’

‘We face attacks if C of E marriage policy changes’

BISHOPS in South Sudan have confirmed the Archbishop of Canterbury's warning that Christians in their country face a violent reaction if the Church of England permits same-sex marriage and blessings.

Officials look for ways to fast-track women into Lords

Officials look for ways to fast-track women into Lords

CHURCH officials and advisers are considering ways to speed up the entry of women bishops into the House of Lords, the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, confirmed on Monday.

Keep civil partnerships, Bishops tell Government

Keep civil partnerships, Bishops tell Government

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

Park View governor defends school against critics

Park View governor defends school against critics

AN ANGLICAN governor of Park View Academy, the Birmingham school suspected of being infiltrated by religious extremists, has hit back at critics. 

Welby addresses gun culture in the US

Welby addresses gun culture in the US

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

Have you heard the one about the clergy doing stand-up jokes?

Have you heard the one about the clergy doing stand-up jokes?

THE third series of Rev has given the nation an opportunity to laugh at them for three weeks now, but members of the clergy in London turned the tables on Tuesday, by spending a day learning how to crack jokes.

Charities unite to combat spread of Ebola virus

Charities unite to combat spread of Ebola virus

AT LEAST one faith-based charity has joined the fight to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the West African states of Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone. 

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First the rape. Then the stigma. Now the healing?

First the rape. Then the stigma. Now the healing?

Sexual violence is endemic in many African countries. Tim Wyatt reports on efforts to combat it  Read More

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Books reviewed this week
Messy means inclusive

Messy means inclusive

Messy Church Theology: Exploring the significance of Messy Church for the wider church - George Lings, editor 

Pledges yet to be fulfilled

Pledges yet to be fulfilled

Inherit the Earth? Millennium Development Goals - so near and yet so far by Barbara Butler 

Faith has doubt built into it

Faith has doubt built into it

The Book of Job: A biography by Mark Larrimore 

Truth-teller about global warming

Truth-teller about global warming

In the Eye of the Storm: The autobiography of Sir John Houghton - John Houghton with Gill Tavner 

Fears escalate after murder of Jesuit

Fears escalate after murder of Jesuit

POPE FRANCIS has joined church leaders and politicians around the world in condemning the murder in Syria of a Dutch Jesuit priest, Fr Frans van der Lugt, on Monday. 

A personal expression of thanks

A personal expression of thanks

THERE are often personal reasons why readers give to the Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund. Among the donations we received this week was one marked: "In gratitude to those who funded my ordination training", and another: "To my brother for his birthday and Christmas gift".

O’Connor headlines at Greenbelt

O’Connor headlines at Greenbelt

ALTHOUGH the Greenbelt festival relocates to a new site in Northamptonshire in August, familiar names will be there to welcome visitors. 

Pickles fights ‘PC atheists’

Pickles fights ‘PC atheists’

THE Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has urged "militant atheists" to accept that Britain is still a Christian country.

Archbishops devote week to poor

Archbishops devote week to poor

THE Archbishop of Canterbury and the RC Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, made a joint visit to a north-London centre for asylum-seekers last Sunday, at the start of a joint week of prayer for the poor.

Bishop calls for help for UK Roma community

Bishop calls for help for UK Roma community

THE Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has called for action to tackle the "commonplace" persecution faced by members of the Roma community in Britain.

Pentecostals and Anglicans begin talks in

Pentecostals and Anglicans begin talks in

THE first formal "consultation" between the Church of England and Pentecostals has taken place this week, ending with a pledge of continued dialogue.

Welby supports ‘slavery law’

Welby supports ‘slavery law’

THE report of a parliamentary committee into a proposed modern-slavery law has been welcomed by charities, and by the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

NY project inspires scheme in Solihull

NY project inspires scheme in Solihull

A GROUND-BREAKING anti-poverty project in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in New York is the inspiration for a new scheme to help deprived children and families in the West Midlands.

CRE makes its début in Wales

CRE makes its début in Wales

THE Christian Resources Exhibition in Cardiff, at the end of last month, was the first "one-day road-show version" to take place in Wales.

Dispute over VC headstone

Dispute over VC headstone

A STONEMASON, Daniel Mooney, who traced the lost grave of his town's only holder of the Victoria Cross has been told that he must remove the "unlawful" headstone that he erected to mark the burial site. 

Tougher sentences proposed

Tougher sentences proposed

THIEVES who remove plaques from war memorials will face tougher sentences from courts, under proposed new guidelines.

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Dr Atkins to step down from Methodist post; Cambridge given longer for Codex fund-raising; New general secretary nominated for URC; Dorset rector believed to have died in boat accident

Photo: Flood Victim

Photo: Flood Victim

A diptych by Giovanni Rimini depicting, among other things, the coronation of the Virgin Mary, is one of 80 items put on sale by the Duke of Northumberland to fund repairs to buildings on his estates after they had been damaged by flooding

Photo: In memoriam

Photo: In memoriam

Two new original sculptures by Gerry Judah are being installed in the nave of St Paul's Cathedral on Palm Sunday, and will be on display until the end of November.

Patriarch visits defaced monastery

Patriarch visits defaced monastery

THE Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem, the Most Revd Fouad Twal, is urging the Israeli authorities to apprehend those responsible for spraying anti-Christian and anti-American graffiti on the walls of the Deir Rafat monastery, west of the city.

Christians in China guard church

Christians in China guard church

ABOUT 3000 Christians are reported to have formed a human shield at Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou, China, after Communist Party officials threatened to demolish it.

Irish mixed on gay marriage

Irish mixed on gay marriage

THE new marriage laws in England and Wales have been given a mixed reception in Ireland. After the first same-sex marriages in England and Wales, the Evangelical Alliance (EA) in Northern Ireland welcomed the fact that the Province retained the old law, after its Assembly rejected a motion to extend same-sex marriage to its jurisdiction.

Photos: Commemoration

Photos: Commemoration

Performers at a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide enter Amahoro stadium in Kigali on Monday

Photo: Lucky dip

Photo: Lucky dip

Lucky dip: the Queen points to a bottle of whisky, held by Prince Philip, part of the hamper of British produce which they gave to Pope Francis on their visit to him on Thursday of last week

Cathedral ahoy!

Cathedral ahoy!

Wakefield: THE word "nave" comes from the Latin for "ship"; so what could be more appropriate than to have a boat laid up in the cathedral nave to launch some serious fund-raising?

Loaves and fishes

Loaves and fishes

Blackburn: IT WILL be a huge picnic, whether on the seashore, in a parish hall, in a school, or round the table in a private house; but the aim will be the same. Planned for Pentecost Week, the build-up to the initiative Loaves and Fishes has begun in the parishes and communities around Morecambe Bay.

Well-earned cross

Well-earned cross

Truro: WHEN the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton, arrived in his diocese in 2008, he soon became aware of the large numbers of lay people who had given years of service to their churches and communities, which were not always recognised.

Very, very old

Very, very old

Birmingham: FOR two years, professional and volunteer archaeologists have been digging around the site of Polesworth Abbey. Last year, they discovered the remains of 15 Polesworth ancestors, and at the time were unable, the Revd Philip Wells says, to tell whether they were "old, very old, or very, very old".

Knitted love

Knitted love

Southwell & Nottingham:  WHEN Canon Paul Bentley, of Mansfield, had a heart attack four years ago, a package arrived from friends in Ohio, containing a woven shawl. The card that came with it said that it had been woven with prayer by a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry of St Paul's, in Akron.

No grey gloop, but lively cities of distinct groups

No grey gloop, but lively cities of distinct groups

The energy of northern communities is attracting talented ministers and fostering local vocations, says Catherine Pickford

No compassion or common sense

No compassion or common sense

Did the Home Office need to deport an 18-year-old, weeks before A levels, asks Steve Chalke

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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

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The Church of England, Birmingham "As the youngest urban population in one of the most lively and diverse regions, Birmingham is a great place to be. The rich variety of social contexts in the Archd...  Read More

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Greenbelt ­­– a field of dreams
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This August Bank Holiday, the Greenbelt Festival moves to a new home, Boughton House, in Northamptonshire. With the help of the Church Times cartoonist, Dave Walker, we imagine what the site might look like.

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