A RETIRED priest and his wife are planning to use
their bus passes for a coast-to-coast sponsored ride in aid of
their village hall.
JUST one in four speakers at Christian conferences in the UK are
women, a new survey has revealed
THE "strikingly warm and friendly" tone noted by the Archbishop
of Canterbury after the women-bishops debate at the General Synod
last week was reflected in reactions issued in the days that
THE Methodist Church has denied that it ignored complaints about
the former chairman of the Co-operative Bank, the Revd Paul
Flowers, who has been embroiled in a scandal after he was filmed
allegedly buying drugs
THE Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken in support of attempts
to tighten regulations covering money-laundering
A ROW has broken out after a gay-rights charity was asked by the
Church of England to assist its work tackling homophobic bullying
IN the week before World AIDS Day, a charity has
entered into partnership with churches to tackle the high rate of
HIV among Africans in the UK
THE Church of England has expressed concerns about the
firm whose platinum mine was the setting for the killing of 34
striking miners in South Africa last year. Both the Church
Commissioners and the C of E's pension fund hold shares in Lonmin,
which owns the Marikana mine, near Rustenberg.
THE Government has failed to put enough pressure on the Iraqi
Prime Minister to answer the charge that Iraqi military forces are
responsible for the deaths of 52 people at Camp Ashraf in
September, the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard has
said this week
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THE Dean of Jersey, the Very Revd Bob Key, said this week that
he was "thrilled", after the Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Revd Tim
Dakin, announced that he would not be taking disciplinary action
against any member of the clergy in relation to the handling of a
A LEGAL hearing this week that could have determined whether the
remains of Richard III should be buried in Leicester Cathedral was
halted prematurely amid procedural confusion
Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Monday, at Mansion House, the home of
the Lord Mayor of the City of London, where he was awarded the
Freedom of the City.
THE claim of the Yoido Full Gospel Church to have the world's
largest congregation has long attracted attention, but now it is in
the spotlight for different reasons. The former leader of the South
Korean Pentecostal church has been accused by church elders of
misappropriating church funds.
THE Anglican Church of Hong Kong is awaiting judgment on its
long-running legal dispute over a £14-million tax bill. The dispute
centres on the sale of the Church's former orphanage, St
Christopher's Home, which was redeveloped for luxury homes in the
1990s, earning the Church millions of pounds.
THE Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Richard Clarke, has led warm
ecumenical tributes to the late Fr Alec Reid, the Redemptorist
priest who was instrumental in the conclusion of the Northern
Ireland peace process.
THE Christian Church has a "tremendous potential" to bring
reconciliation in the Middle East, the Israeli Ambassador to the
UK, Daniel Taub, said after a fringe meeting of the General Synod
AT THE UN climate summit in Warsaw, Poland, last week, an
agreement was struck to help the world's most vulnerable countries
to deal with the impact of climate change.
Ancient & modern: rare Bibles created in the United States -
one produced in a 17th-century Puritan colony, and another that
went into orbit during the space race - have gone under the hammer
in the past week.
THE General Synod restarted the legislative process for women
bishops on Wednesday afternon, after spending the morning in a
debate on the steering committee's report. The committee's
proposals are a package that includes not only legislation, but a
declaration to be made by the House of Bishops.
THE Archbishop of York, Dr
Sentamu, used his presidential address to deliver a lengthy
critique of contemporary poverty in the UK, and speak of the
growing numbers of working people impoverished by wages that had
failed to keep up with the rising cost of living.
The Archbishop of Canterbury gave a
presentation outlining his work since the previous Synod
THE General Synod debated the report Challenges for the
Quinquennium: Intentional evangelism on Monday afternoon,
and supported the formation of an Archbishops' Task Group on
CHURCH OF ENGLAND schools perform on average, better in OFSTED
ratings than their community-school equivalents, the
Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, who chairs
the Board of Education, said in a speech introducing a debate on
the Board's report The Church School of the
CHANGES to the faculty system, in the form of the Draft Care of
Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction (Amendment) Measure,
received first consideration by the Synod on Tuesday morning.
THE Synod has requested legislation to enable a diocese to be
named after a "geographical area" as well as a city or town.
A MOVE to change the electorate (currently lay deanery-synod
members) for the Houses of Laity of the diocesan synods and the
General Synod was rejected by the General Synod on Wednesday. But
it did pursue recommendations for online elections and nominations