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Sir John Cass: C of E school acts fast to counter ‘extremism’ charge

Sir John Cass: C of E school acts fast to counter ‘extremism’ charge

INTENSIVE lessons on the dangers of Islamic extremism were already taking place at Sir John Cass and Redcoat School, in east London, last week as the Church of England school, one of the most successful of its kind in the country, was placed in special measures by OFSTED

New Bishop for St Edmundsbury & Ipswich announced

New Bishop for St Edmundsbury & Ipswich announced

HAVING been nominated as a Bishop, one of Canon Martin Seeley's first considerations is whom to nominate as an episcopal colleague. On Thursday, Downing Street announced that Canon Seeley, at present Principal of Westcott House, Cambridge, is to be the next Bishop of St Edmundsbury...

‘New phase’ as Synod vote goes through

‘New phase’ as Synod vote goes through

CLEARING the last legal hurdle to enable women to become bishops has started "a completely new phase of our existence as the Church", the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. Speaking on Monday after the General Synod had formally voted to enact the women bishops Measure into...

Forward in Faith looks to the future

Forward in Faith looks to the future

THERE was talk of "going forward with confidence" at this year's National Assembly of the traditionalist organisation Forward in Faith (FiF). It was held last Saturday in St Alban's, Holborn, in London, on the eve of the legalisation of women bishops in the Church of England. A...

Catastrophe, not carelessness, prompts visits to a foodbank

Catastrophe, not carelessness, prompts visits to a foodbank

THE tough, complex lives of those who use foodbanks are laid bare in a new report that documents how "life-shocks", including illness, bereavement, and job-loss, are compounded by a benefits system that leaves families struggling to put food on the table. Published on Wednesday...

Church censures prison-like detention

Church censures prison-like detention

THE holding of asylum-seekers in conditions more like prison, with no obvious end to their detention, is causing stress and insecurity, an official C of E submission has told the Government. In a submission to a parliamentary inquiry into immigration detention, the Mission...

Sainsbury’s Christmas ad criticised

Sainsbury’s Christmas ad criticised

A PRIEST from West Yorkshire is among at least 240 people who have complained about the Christmas advertisement for the supermarket Sainsbury's. The Revd Nicholas Clews, Priest-in-Charge at St Margaret of Antioch, Thornbury, and St James the Great, Woodhall, in the diocese...

New slave-owners face life imprisonment

New slave-owners face life imprisonment

THE Government's Modern Slavery Bill will introduce new offences of holding a person "in slavery or servitude" and requiring somebody "to perform forced or compulsory labour"

Victims ask to be part of inquiry

Victims ask to be part of inquiry

AN ORGANISATION representing Protestant people who suffered by being in "mother-and-baby homes" in Ireland says that it will take a case to the European Court of Human Rights and the United Nations, if its members are not included in a government inquiry 

‘Homeless Jesus’ in earshot of Big Ben

‘Homeless Jesus’ in earshot of Big Ben

A SCULPTURE of Christ sleeping rough should soon find a home at the Methodist Central Hall, London

Prince hears of suffering of Iraqi Christians

THE Armenian Archbishop of Iraq, the Most Revd Avak Asadourian, has warned of the end of Eastern Christianity in its birthplace

Savings-clubs trials to be held in C of E primary schools

Savings-clubs trials to be held in C of E primary schools

A NETWORK of primary-school savings clubs to teach children how to manage money has been proposed by the Archbishop of Canterbury's Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings

Study of scriptures helps, teachers say

Study of scriptures helps, teachers say

ALMOST three-quarters of teachers questioned in a new survey believe that the education system can play a bigger part in resolving interreligious and ethnic strife

Mark inwardly digested

Mark inwardly digested

A PRIEST from Wiltshire has performed a dramatised reading of St Mark's Gospel, reciting the 11,000 words from memory

Faith links celebrated

Faith links celebrated

THE sixth national Inter-Faith Week was celebrated this week, and events were held around the country to strengthen and mark good faith relations

Projects win prizes

Projects win prizes

THE Christian Funders' Forum gave its first social-action awards at Lambeth Palace, on Wednesday of last week

Villages want share of funds

Villages want share of funds

VILLAGERS have told the Church Commissioners that they deserve to share the proceeds of the sale of their redundant church - because their forebears built it

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

New safeguarding adviser for Church of England; New Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon; New Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs; Hark: carols to play 365 days a year over the airwaves; Bishop of Leicester to retire; Next Dean of Chichester announced; Rape-survivor worker honoured by Coventry award; Government warned against diluting banking reforms

Photo: dancefloor outreach

Photo: dancefloor outreach

2000 people attend "Light in Darkness", a mission event led by the Archbishop of York, at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, on 4 November

Photo: Chance to shine

Photo: Chance to shine

Chance to shine: Tom King and Helena Paish were named Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year at St Paul's Cathedral, last week

Photo: Artistic endeavour

Photo: Artistic endeavour

Views of Bruce Munro's installation Star of Bethlehem, in Salisbury Cathedral

Photo: Steely

Photo: Steely

Steely: one of 12 plates with life-sized silhouettes which form a sculpture by Dallas Pierce Quintero, Towards Stillness, depicting Richard III's final journey, from Bosworth to Leicester. The work stands in the gardens of Leicester Cathedral, planted with tall grasses and marsh...

Photo: chipping away

Photo: chipping away

Stonemasons take part in four days of training at the York Minster stone yard

Church leaders condemn murder of US hostage

Church leaders condemn murder of US hostage

THE Archbishop of Canterbury was among church leaders and politicians who denounced the murder of another foreigner by the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria last week. Archbishop Welby tweeted the following message: "Utter injustice seen in reported terrible murder of Abdul-Rahman...

On trial for feeding homeless

On trial for feeding homeless

A PRIEST in the Episcopal Church in the United States is to appear in court after defying tough new regulations in the state of Florida, restricting where and how food can be given out to homeless people

U-turn on climate change

U-turn on climate change

CLIMATE change was forced on to the agenda at this week's G20 meeting of world leaders in Brisbane, after sustained pressure from activists including churches and the intervention of President Obama

World news in brief

World news in brief

Greek chaplaincy celebrates official recognition; Monks to create digital Advent calendar; Pentecostalists pay tribute to international leader

Picture: Interfaith gesture

Picture: Interfaith gesture

Muslim women pray in the north transept during the first celebration of Muslim Jumaa (Friday) prayers in Washington National Cathedral

Synod: Road now clear for women bishops

Synod: Road now clear for women bishops

Women bishops: IT WAS a largely symbolic and somewhat archaic process, by which the Measure to enable women to be consecrated as bishops was formally incorporated into English Law on Monday afternoon

Synod: Anglican Communion: ‘flourishing but fragile’

Synod: Anglican Communion: ‘flourishing but fragile’

Presidential address: 'The Anglican Communion exists and is flourishing in roughly 165 countries, despite reports to the contrary'

Synod: Christians ‘abandoned, not defeated’

Synod: Christians ‘abandoned, not defeated’

Iraq and Syria: THE Synod spent Tuesday morning exploring violence against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria

Synod: Members tell stories of plight under ‘bedroom-tax’ rules

Synod: Members tell stories of plight under ‘bedroom-tax’ rules

Spare-room subsidy: THE General Synod carried a motion on Tuesday afternoon which expressed its concern over the reported impact of the spare-room subsidy

Synod: Duty to penitents and the vulnerable

Synod: Duty to penitents and the vulnerable

Clergy guidelines: THE seal of the confessional came under discussion when the General Synod debated the revised guidelines for clergy conduct from the Convocations of Canterbury and York 

Synod: Reconciliation of ministries back on Synod’s to-do list

Synod: Reconciliation of ministries back on Synod’s to-do list

Anglican-Methodist Covenant: A MOTION carried by the Synod on Tuesday afternoon endorsed the three recommendations made in the recent Anglican-Methodist report, and began to put them into effect

Synod: Care of churches

Care of churches: A brief take-note debate on Monday

Synod: PCCs and property

PCCs and property: The final drafting of the Draft Church of England Ecclesiastical Property Measure

Synod: Administering communion

Administering communion: THE Synod went on to revise Draft Amending Canon No. 35

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