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The Bible Society's new teal-coloured wristband, calling for Christians to "live the story", was launched this month at the New Wine event. The bands carry the message in Braille, as well as embossed lettering.
Further information from www.biblesociety.org.uk .

Church tributes for Mo Mowlam
IRISH CHURCH LEADERS have paid tribute to Mo Mowlam, who died last Friday. She was Northern Ireland Secretary in the period leading up to the Good Friday Agreement. The RC Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd Seán Brady, praised her "unique and enduring contribution to Northern Ireland politics at a critical time". The Revd Desmond Bain, President of the Irish Methodist Church, and the Revd Ian Paisley also sent tributes.

Fabians call for disestablishment
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND should be treated in the same way as other religions, and bishops should no longer automatically sit in the House of Lords, says Sunder Katwala, the general secretary of the left-wing think tank the Fabian Society, in a book to be published next month. He argues that religions in Britain should be treated equally. Islam, Race and Being British, edited by Madeleine Bunting, is available through the Guardian newspaper.

Ex-Anglican ordained in Spain
THE REVD DAVID GLIWITZKI, a married former Anglican priest who served in Zimbabwe, was ordained priest in the Roman Catholic diocese of Tenerife on Sunday. His ordination is thought to be unique in the RC Church in Spain. He left Anglicanism after the vote in 1992 to ordain women to the priesthood in the Church of England.

Correction
The memorial service for Brother Roger of Taizé at Leicester Cathedral will be on Sunday 4 September at 2 p.m., and not as appeared last week. We apologise for the error.

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