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Giving up again, though givers down

Giving up again, though givers down

PARISH giving has risen to its highest level on record, to almost £1 billion. But the figures for 2013, the latest available, also show that the number of donors has shrunk

Absconding rector turns himself in and goes to jail

Absconding rector turns himself in and goes to jail

THE Rector of Farnham, the Revd Simon Reynolds, has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, after being found guilty of stealing fees from his former parish and the diocese of Wakefield

Graveyard regulations are cause of distress

Graveyard regulations are cause of distress

A BEREAVED mother, Janet Dacombe, has spoken of the distress caused by the Church’s regulations on churchyards

Election analysis: C of E support for Conservative Party remains firm

Election analysis: C of E support for Conservative Party remains firm

MORE Anglicans voted for UKIP in the General Election than voted for the Liberal Democrats, the latest study of voting behaviour suggests.

We have not recovered yet, says Dean of Nepal

We have not recovered yet, says Dean of Nepal

NEPAL is still decades away from full recovery, nearly 100 days after an earthquake left thousands dead and many more injured and without homes, the country’s most senior Anglican cleric, the Dean of Nepal, the Very Revd Lewis Lew, said this week.

Aid convoys to Ukraine are blocked

Aid convoys to Ukraine are blocked

ONLY 20 per cent of the aid needed to help the five million people affected by the continuing conflict in Ukraine has reached the country, UNICEF has said. The UN has appealed for £35 million to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of children and families in eastern Ukraine, where...

NSKK supports Security Bills protests

NSKK supports Security Bills protests

TWO new Bills that undermine the specifically pacifist constitution in Japan have been passed by the lower house of its parliament, despite huge public protests

 

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Fri 31 Jul 15 @ 18:59
@steveLIVS @RhodesWriter @c_of_e It wasn't our data, it was a survey by the British Election Study. HS

Fri 31 Jul 15 @ 15:25
Giving in @c_of_e up to £1 billion. But number of givers falling http://t.co/XTRi469vxv http://t.co/DZOtKmFWHH

Books reviewed this week
Mix of courage and innocence

Mix of courage and innocence

Graham James on the latest assessment of Ramsey’s primacy

The transfiguration and Mary

The transfiguration and Mary

A helpful book about Jesus and his mother, says William Scott

Lasting legacy of Cookham

Lasting legacy of Cookham

Malcolm Doney on an artist’s life shaped by unconventional genius

Sister of our Lord

Sister of our Lord

Rachel Harden reads an imagined story of life in Nazareth

Portsmouth to train priests

Portsmouth to train priests

FROM September, priests and Readers will be trained in Portsmouth for the first time after the diocese set up a joint venture with Ripon College, Cuddesdon

Distinctive

Distinctive

Donors to Truro Cathedral’s roof appeal are being invited to sign one of the 60,000 new slates being used

Church growth boosts ethical bank

Church growth boosts ethical bank

GROWING churches are an expanding market for Triodos, the bank that describes itself as a pioneer of ethical banking.

Plainsong ‘no longer endangered’

Plainsong ‘no longer endangered’

GREGORIAN chant is enjoying a revival, as new singers have their eyes opened to the beauties of the oldest continuously sung repertoire in Western Europe

Second Commissioner named in 1980s review

Second Commissioner named in 1980s review

A FORMER Second Church Estates Commissioner, Sir William van Straubenzee is among the former MPs named in documents to be passed to the national child-abuse inquiry led by Justice Lowell Goddard 

Aggression and stress identified in survey

Aggression and stress identified in survey

MINISTRY places a strain on marriages, a new survey of 200 priests, pastors, and leaders suggests

Centenary flower festival

Centenary flower festival

At St Hilda’s Priory, Whitby, the now international Order of the Holy Paraclete are recalling their origins

‘Modern-day miracle’ as wedding follows prayer

‘Modern-day miracle’ as wedding follows prayer

A MAN who had planned his funeral service at his church, having being diagnosed with advanced cancer, this week married his fiancée instead, after his cancer went into remission.

In the ascendant

In the ascendant

Two steeplejacks return the restored weathervane to its place at the top of St Edmund’s tower, in South­wold, on the Suffolk coast.

Defamed bronze of Durham monks to move

Defamed bronze of Durham monks to move

DURHAM CATHEDRAL has won planning consent to build four houses opposite the cathedral, despite objections from some of the city’s residents and the co-ordinator of the World Heritage Site (WHS) that includes the cathedral

Sanctification

Sanctification

The Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, conducts a blessing of the site of the Crossbones paupers’ burial ground, last week. Prostitutes licensed by the Bishops of Winchester were buried here. Dean Nunn conducted a service “with regret for the wrongs of the past; in remembrance...

UK news in brief

Professor John Hull dies, aged 80; Senior priest in Portsmouth diocese jailed; New inquiry into delivery of benefits; Valuable gravestones stolen from Leeds Minster

Clergy pensions are costing more

Clergy pensions are costing more

SPENDING on clergy pensions increased by almost £3 million in the past year, the Pensions Board’s annual report for 2014 has revealed.

Grave doubts cast on Yeats burial

Grave doubts cast on Yeats burial

THE many pilgrims who make their way to the designated grave of the poet W. B. Yeats in Drumcliffe Church of Ireland graveyard

Appeal as violence rises against women in Delhi

Appeal as violence rises against women in Delhi

THE Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, has urged the public to intervene if they see violence against women, in the wake of the stabbing of a 19-year-old woman by two men in a busy marketplace in the city, writes a staff reporter.

World news in brief

World news in brief

Archbishop Desmond Tutu in hospital; Third-generation Templeton is appointed president 

Smug and weird — no wonder it’s a turn-off

Smug and weird — no wonder it’s a turn-off

Congregations need to welcome newcomers with a sensitivity to their questions and doubts, says Christopher Whitby

When God plays biased dice

When God plays biased dice

Small miracles can happen; it is well worth praying for them, argues Adrian Low

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Evangelicals in Brazil have launched a social network on which bad language or sexual content is completely banned. Facegloria, which has attracted 100,000 members since its launch in June, lis...  Read More