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GAFCON plans to touch more Anglican lives

GAFCON plans to touch more Anglican lives

GAFCON is receiving increasing calls for affiliation from Anglicans who feel they are regarded as "pariahs" and want to "know we are not alone", one of its leading figures said on Friday

Rare glass fragments returned

Rare glass fragments returned

MEDIEVAL stained glass that was removed from a church 70 years ago, and almost forgotten about, is to be returned. The rare fragments of glass (right), which date from the 14th century, came from St Andrew's, Heckington, near Sleaford, Lincs. The pieces were taken away in...

Christians in survey satisfied with life

Christians in survey satisfied with life

PEOPLE from black ethnic groups in the UK are less happy than those from white British, Chinese, or Indian ethnic backgrounds, who are the most likely to say that their lives feel worth while, the largest survey of national well-being ever undertaken suggests

Old school tie helps secure internships, Debrett's poll finds

Old school tie helps secure internships, Debrett

A PRIVILEGED background, private schooling, and a network of contacts are the key to getting an internship in Britain today, a poll published by the Debrett's Foundation suggests, writes a staff reporter. Seventy-two per cent of "privileged" young British people said that...

Cleric says report on church growth belies the research

Cleric says report on church growth belies the research

A RECTOR in Chester diocese, the Revd Dr Mark Hart, has challenged the measures of church growth which are at the heart of the Church of England's "Reform and Renewal" programme

Treating the Bible like the Bard

Treating the Bible like the Bard

At the Globe Theatre in London on Tuesday evening an appeal was launched to raise £1 million for the refurbishment of accommodation at Ripon College, Cuddesdon

New pennies

New pennies

New pennies: Christian Richards, a bike manufacturer, rides his 60-inch-diameter penny farthing outside St Bartholomew's, Aldbrough, in Yorkshire

TAP: It’s not too late to TAP

TAP: It’s not too late to TAP

THERE is still plenty of time to donate to the Church Times TAP (Train-A-Priest) Fund, which supports candidates in training for ministry. Please consider making an Easter offering; and encourage other people to give to TAP, too. A colour leaflet can be downloaded from our website. We...

Peterborough churches' housing scheme set for national roll-out

Peterborough churches

AN INNOVATIVE church-based housing scheme in Peterborough looks set to be rolled out nationally, after delegates from around the country gathered in the city at the end of last month to hear how the initiative was helping to release millions of pounds for affordable housing

Refashioned Auckland castle will be a ‘must-see destination’

Refashioned Auckland castle will be a ‘must-see destination’

NEW developments for the former residence of the Bishops of Durham at Auckland Castle have been given the go-ahead

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

New college head named | Psychiatrists accused of 'misleading' public  | Professor McGrath appointed | C of E priest 'took his own life' | Call for Titanic  priest to be a saint 

Conservative right-to-buy pledge is immoral, Walker says

Conservative right-to-buy pledge is immoral, Walker says

THE Conservative Party's pledge to extend the Right to Buy scheme to 1.3 million families in housing association homes is "economic nonsense and immorality", the Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, said on Wednesday

Green Party and its Christians

Green Party and its  Christians

THE expulsion of a Christian councillor from the Green Party's ruling group in Brighton in 2012 should not dissuade people from voting for the party, Professor Tim Cooper, the founder of Green Christian (formerly the Christian Ecology Link), has said

Respectful dialogue at Bradford Cathedral hustings

Respectful dialogue at Bradford Cathedral hustings

Gavin Drake goes to a surprisingly polite hustings at Bradford Cathedral

Prinknash Abbey bells to be sold

Prinknash Abbey bells to be sold

A RING of eight bells from Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire, is to be auctioned next month

Methodists tackle issue of bullying

Methodists tackle issue of bullying

BULLYING and harassment within the Methodist Church are to be tackled by new guidelines, it was announced on Monday

Warning given on DBS check

Warning given on DBS check

ABUSERS may be getting into churches because safer recruitment practices are not followed, new research warns

Derby Cathedral holds services in RC church

Derby Cathedral holds services in RC church

DERBY Anglican Cathedral is to hold services in a neighbouring Roman Catholic church, St Mary's, for the next five months, while it undergoes a government-funded refurbishment

Aid agencies urge action to help Gaza

Aid agencies urge action to help Gaza

AT A conference in Cairo six months ago, international donors pledged $3.5 billion (£2.5 billion) for the reconstruction of Gaza, after the conflict between Israel, Hamas, and other Palestinian groups. Only 26.8 per cent of the money has so far been released

US bishops anticipate historic Castro meeting

US bishops anticipate historic Castro meeting

TWELVE Episcopalian bishops travelled from the United States to Cuba last week, days before the Presidents of the two countries had an historic meeting in Panama City

Renewed child-soldier recruitment drive feared in South Sudan

Renewed child-soldier recruitment drive feared in South Sudan

RELIEF workers helping refugees caught in the South Sudan civil war fear a new wave of child-soldier recruitment

Dadaab refugees threatened by backlash to Garissa massacre

Dadaab refugees threatened by backlash to Garissa massacre

CLOSING the world's largest refugee camp would have "extreme" humanitarian consequences, the UN said on Tuesday, as it urged the Kenyan authorities to reconsider a decision taken in the wake of the worst terrorist attack there in 15 years

Faithful to ‘soar’ in number, but not in the UK or US

Faithful to ‘soar’ in number, but not in the UK or US

ATHEISTS and people not affiliated to any religion will find themselves in a shrinking minority over the next four decades, as the faithful soar in number, projections in a report by Pew suggest

World news

World news

Orthodox Archbishop offers help with Greece's debts | Pakistani Christian teenager burnt to death  | IS turns Mosul cathedral into mosque

Aden church and clinic close as fighting intensifies

Aden church and clinic close as fighting intensifies

CHRIST CHURCH, Aden, and the associated Ras Morbat Clinic are locked and under armed guard as the civil war in Yemen continues

Turkey warns Pope Francis over Armenian history

Turkey warns Pope Francis over Armenian history

POPE FRANCIS's use of the word "genocide" to characterise the killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey 100 years ago has led to a diplomatic row between Ankara and the Vatican, and has reawakened the controversy surrounding those events

BP agrees to come clean about its carbon footprint

BP agrees to come clean about its carbon footprint

A RESOLUTION passed by BP is an "unprecedented response" by an energy company to shareholders' concerns about climate change, a Church Commissioner said today

Tories can count on the C of E, voters tell polls

Tories can count on the C of E,  voters tell polls

NEARLY half the Anglicans in the UK are planning to vote Conservative in next month's election, an analysis commissioned by the Church Times suggests. 

Britain ‘has become less Christian’

Britain ‘has become less Christian’

THREE in four people believe that the UK has become less of a Christian country over the past five years, a new poll has suggested

Pickles glad to have taken on 'secularist bigots'

Pickles glad to have taken on

THE Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, has defended the place of faith in public life. He said that it was illiberal to expect people to "leave their faith at the doorstep"

Welby: Murdered Kenyan students are martyrs

Welby: Murdered Kenyan students are martyrs

THE Kenyan students who died on Maundy Thursday were among the "many martyrs" of the past year, the Archbishop of Canterbury said in his Easter sermon

UK should do more to tackle persecution

UK should do more to tackle persecution

The Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander writes in the wake of the Garissa killings

Filmgoers, you might remember this

Filmgoers, you might remember this

A Christian charity is teaming up with a professor of ageing to research whether films could help to prevent the development of dementia

Easter sermons get political

Easter sermons get political

POLITICIANS across the board "fight shy" of stating the truth about the country's moral roots in the Bible, the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, said last week

Ordinands sign gender theology statement

Ordinands sign gender theology statement

A STATEMENT of unity over the theology of gender signed by more than 100 priests and ordinands was launched on Sunday

Allegations of historic abuse continue to rise

Allegations of historic abuse continue to rise

DOZENS of new allegations of historic child sex abuse in the Church of England have been made since September, a survivors' organisation has told ITV News

Church schools' admissions procedures under attack

Church schools

A SUGGESTION that the admissions system at many Church of England schools is being misused has been strongly dismissed

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