News in brief
Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
Schools ‘will teach about other faiths’
LEADERS of the main faiths have promised to teach pupils about religions
other than their own in faith schools, it was announced on Wednesday, writes
Margaret Holness, Education Correspondent. Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and
Sikh representatives have signed the pledge, as have senior Church of England
and Roman Catholic educationists, in a move welcomed by the Education
Secretary, Ruth Kelly, as an important way of promoting mutual respect between
different faith communities. The RE curriculum in C of E aided and voluntary
controlled schools has included teaching about other faiths for many years,
said the Church’s chief education officer, Canon John Hall.
PM Brown might pass on bishops
THE CHANCELLOR, Gordon Brown, is planning to allow the Church of England to
choose its own bishops if he becomes Prime Minister, according to a Sunday
newspaper report. The Sunday Times said that Mr Brown, who is a member of the
Church of Scotland, is thought to believe that Downing Street’s control over
episcopal appointments is anachronistic, and would leave the choice completely
to to the Crown Nominations Commission.
Bookshops discuss collaboration
THE Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK) and the Wesley Owen
Retail Group announced on Friday that they had begun discussions that may lead
to the combining of their bookshop networks later this year. The two
organisations said in a joint statement that discussions were at an initial
stage. Collaboration would produce a network of Christian bookshops in more
than 60 cities throughout the UK.
Tongan to be Lambeth 2008 chaplain
DR WINSTON HALAPUA, the Anglican Bishop for the diocese of Polynesia in
Aotearoa, New Zealand, is to be chaplain of the 2008 Lambeth Conference, it was
announced last week. Dr Halapua is Principal of the college of the diocese of
Polynesia at St John’s College in Meadowbank, Auckland, and until last year was
a member of the Anglican Consultative Council. His father was the first Tongan
Archbishop condemns immigration facilities
CHAPLAINCY arrangements in detention centres are "all too often profoundly
inadequate", the Archbishop of Canterbury said last week. Speaking in a House
of Lords debate on immigration, Dr Williams said that, "despite the best
efforts of many dedicated individuals", a lack of proper professional and
pastoral support for those made vulnerable "simply aggravates the problem".
Anti-Semitic incidents drop
THE Community Security Trust recorded 455 anti-Semitic incidents in 2005,
representing a fall of 14 per cent on the 2004 total. But this was still the
second-highest annual total since the trust began recording incidents in 1984,
it said last week.
Archbishop Luwum trust launched
THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, launched the Archbishop Janani Luwum
Memorial Trust at Westmister Abbey, on Saturday. Archbishop Luwum was murdered
28 years ago in Uganda for criticising the dictatorship of Idi Amin, and is one
of the 20 martyrs commemorated on the west front of the Abbey. Dr Sentamu, also
a Ugandan, is president of the trust.
Youth Council discussions
THE Church of England Youth Council discussed the Government’s Green Paper
on young people and the situation in the Middle East at its first- anniversary
meeting in Buckinghamshire last week. More than 30 members from 17 dioceses
also discussed the C of E’s Mission Shaped Church report.
Bishop’s call for fuel compromise
THE BISHOP of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd George Cassidy, called
for compromise in the use of nuclear power in a House of Lords debate on energy
policy and nuclear power on Thursday of last week. Bishop Cassidy said that he
refused to be pessimistic about "what I believe is our growing energy debate".