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Condemnation after flight MH17 disaster

Condemnation after flight MH17 disaster

CHURCHES throughout the world have been responding to the appar­ent shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amster­dam to Kuala Lumpur over Eastern Ukraine last Thursday, with the loss of all 298 passengers and crew

Peace moves in Gaza matched by appeals for aid

Peace moves in Gaza matched by appeals for aid

GROWING diplomatic pressure on Israel and Hamas to end the fighting in the Gaza Strip has been matched by appeals for humanitarian assistance for the Palestinians living there

Detention Inquiry launches with oral evidence

Detention Inquiry launches with oral evidence

MPs are shocked by testimonies they hear at Inquiry, writes Madeleine Davies

Welby: Provisions in women-bishops Measure express ‘love’ to opponents

Welby: Provisions in women-bishops Measure express ‘love’ to opponents

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has described the General Synod's provisions for those who are theologically opposed to the consecration of women to the episcopate as an "expression of love"

Challenge the ancient traditions, say FGM victims

Challenge the ancient traditions, say FGM victims

ENDING the "barbaric practices" of female genital mutiliation (FGM) and child- and forced marriage will require faith leaders to challenge ancient traditions and extremist voices, a gathering in London heard on Tuesday

Benefit halted after eucharist request refused

Benefit halted after eucharist request refused

IT HAS been celebrated in churches for more than 350 years; but a court has now ruled that attendance at a Book of Common Prayer (BCP) service of holy communion "could not be regarded as an established custom and practice" of the Church of England

Report on ‘Trojan horse’ letter finds claims justified

Report on ‘Trojan horse’ letter finds claims justified

ALLEGATIONS in the so-called "Trojan horse" letter of an organised attempt by some governors and senior staff to impose a hardline, politicised Islamic agenda on a group of Birmingham schools were largely true, the report of a top-level investigation into claims says

In this week's issue...
  • innocents mourned
    the loss of MH17

     

  • prayer book and tea urn
    the Church in action in WWI

     

  • PLUS: the need to protect girls from FGM

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Keeping the faith under fire

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With the banner of Christ unfurled

With the banner of Christ unfurled

Jesse Zink on African mission and migration

Anglican travelling attentively

Chris Chivers enjoys timely observations of global church life

Rebels and the risk they took

Rebels and the risk they took

Bernard Palmer recalls the ordination of the Philadelphia Eleven

All change at the Bible Society

Michael Doe reads an anthropologist on mission in transition

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim safe in Italy

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim safe in Italy

MERIAM IBRAHIM, the Sudanese Christian who was pardoned last month after being sentenced to death for apostasy, has finally left Sudan and flown to Italy

Photo: Royal prerogative

Photo: Royal prerogative

Royal prerogative: Paul Jesson, currently playing Cardinal Wolsey in an RSC production of Hilary Mantel's Bring up the Bodies, regards one of four bronze angels designed to adorn Wolsey's tomb, which was never completed; the figures were eventually separated. The V&A museum...

Abbey lights to go out in war commemoration

Abbey lights to go out in war commemoration

WESTMINSTER Abbey will be the centrepiece of commemorations, 100 years after Britain joined the First World War

Large payout for council worker sacked for speaking about Jesus

Large payout for council worker sacked for speaking about Jesus

A MAN who was dismissed from his post as civil engineer with Clonmel Borough Council, Co. Tipperary, for speaking about his faith during working hours, has been awarded €70,000 by the Irish Equality Tribunal

Photo: at rest

Photo: at rest

At rest: Botticelli's (1444/5-1510) Study for a seated St Joseph sold for £1,314,500, at Sotheby's, London, earlier this month

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Reprieve for C of E Free School after mayor steps in | Immigration Street   comes to Southampton | Police appeal after human skull delivered to church | Professor Woodhead to head Modern Church | Former Archbishop of Central Africa dies | Archbishop Welby to resign from the Travellers' Club 

Photo: sharing

Photo: sharing

Sharing: right: Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra and the Archbishop of Canterbury in a time of silent prayer before the first Iftar meal to be hosted at Lambeth Palace, last week (above). Members of the Muslim Christian Forum attended

Peers debate Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill

Peers debate Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill

A BILL that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill people to enable them to end their lives has passed its second reading in the House of Lords

A multi faith service

A multi faith service

A MULTI-FAITH service was scheduled to be held yesterday at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, for the victims of last week's Malaysian Airlines disaster, writes Muriel Porter, Australia Correspondent. Thirty-seven Australian citizens and residents, including 18 from Victoria and...

Christians flee from Mosul after Islamists’ death threats

Christians flee from Mosul after Islamists’ death threats

FOR the first time in nearly two millennia, the northern Iraqi city of Mosul is without Christians, after a warning from Islamic State mili-tants that they faced death if they did not convert to Islam or agree to pay a protection tax (jizya in Arabic)

Irish survivors call for wider homes probe

Irish survivors call for wider homes probe

SURVIVORS of Protestant-run mother-and-baby homes in the Irish Republic are hoping that these institutions, which operated between 1922 and 1960, will be included in a new inquiry which is to be led by a former Circuit Court judge, Yvonne Murphy

The Eric Thiman Collection

THE new Music Library in the recently refurbished Archbishop's Palace at Southwell Minster will soon house the Eric Thiman Collection

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Seeking recipes, and churches that were "the site of a remarkable event"

Crossword 1275

Crossword 1275

Across 1 Altar panel painted red, pale, blended with a touch of lilac (8) 6 King, one given nonsense as direction forprayer (6) 9 Bowl, putting double the energy into spin (6) 10 Hill with special gaol in which old German is imprisoned (8) 11 Priest is pinned by veritable...

Keep up with your VAT claims

Maggie Durran explains the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

Fighting the forces of evil

Fighting the forces of evil

The First World War demonstrates thatevil exists, argues J. John. It serves asa warning against dehumanisation, and the propensity forevil to hijack religion

Keeping the faith under fire

Keeping the faith under fire

Large numbers of clergy volunteered to be military chaplains during the Great War. They were responsible for a multiplicity of vital tasks, from keeping the troops entertained to burying the dead, says Peter Street

Conflict on the home front

Conflict on the home front

The Church of England broadly supported the war, and many clergy wanted to enlist. But the effects of fighting overseas meant a critical ministry in parishes. Robert Beaken explains

Salvation, with strong, sweet tea

Salvation, with strong, sweet tea

The First World War began on 28 July,100 years ago. The Church Army went quickly into action, following the troops with the tea urn - and much more. Johanna Derry  reports

Ethereal effects

Jamie Cable selects five perennials that stand out in the ethereal stakes

Diary

David Winter reflects on the centenary of the First World War

St Gargoyle

St Gargoyle

Shirley made sure Tim got to evensong on time

God the Father, God the Son . . .

Our readers discuss: "How can God be Jesus's Father and Jesus be God's Son if God and Jesus are the same person?"

Steve Goddard, co-editor of Ship of Fools, PR consultant, author

Steve Goddard, co-editor of Ship of Fools, PR consultant, author

'Some people have moments of doubt. I have moments of faith'

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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