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New Bishop for Guildford speaks up for moderate Muslims

New Bishop for Guildford speaks up for moderate Muslims

THE Bishop-designate of Guildford, the Rt Revd Andrew Watson, has echoed the Archbishop of Canterbury's call for the Church to work with Muslims to counter radicalisation and the appeal of jihadism

Welby backs airstrikes against IS but says wider vision is needed

Welby backs airstrikes against IS but says wider vision is needed

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has backed the proposed airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq but has warned that this "transgenerational struggle" will require more than just bombs

Ecumenism given a sporting chance in Canterbury

Ecumenism given a sporting chance in Canterbury

"HE CAUGHT me out, but I forgive him." Perhaps the cricket match between the Vatican and the C of E was different, after all

Chancellor lambasts ‘really stupid’ sale of painting

Chancellor lambasts ‘really stupid’ sale of painting

THE Diocesan Chancellor of the Gloucester sent out a strong message to Church of England clergy, churchwardens, parishioners, auctioneers, and antique dealers that they should not buy or sell any item belonging to a church unless they were sure that a faculty had been obtained

Obstacles to action on climate change are vanishing - Chartres

Obstacles to action on climate change are vanishing - Chartres

PEOPLE in more than a thousand places around the world took to the streets on Sunday, motivated by a single issue: climate change

Rumours of life in Wales counter report, says bishop

Rumours of life in Wales counter report, says bishop

Gavin Drake reports from the Governing Body meeting

Keep desire for change in Scotland going, says Kirk Moderator

Keep desire for change in Scotland going, says Kirk Moderator

CHURCH leaders in Scotland have begun to lay out their vision for the nation as it starts to move on from the referendum campaign

Screening a Christian marvel

Screening a Christian marvel

CIRCUS clown, fixture at Keele University for half a century, the Stoke City manager Lou Macari's "best-ever signing" - Neil Baldwin has an identity that is nothing if not multi-faceted. Now a BBC documentary will tell his story

Clerics endure ups and downs for good cause

Clerics endure ups and downs for good cause

TWENTY intrepid clerics, including the Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, descended on the theme park Blackpool Pleasure Beach on Wednesday to ride the biggest rollercoaster in the UK, "the Big One", to raise money for the Children's Society

Auckland Castle owner acquires ancient Roman settlement

Auckland Castle owner acquires ancient Roman settlement

PLOTS of land containing one of the most significant Roman settlements in Britain have been sold by the Church Commissioners to the trust that owns Auckland Castle, the neighbouring former home of the Bishop of Durham

Bath buskers drown out evensong at Abbey

Bath buskers drown out evensong at Abbey

A ROW has broken out after Bath Abbey was forced to cancel choral evensong for the first time in living memory because music from buskers outside the abbey was drowning out the choir

Welsh include Muslims in their call for peace

Welsh include Muslims in their call for peace

THE Church in Wales's Governing Body has expressed its "profound dismay" at the deaths of innocent Palestinians, and the expulsion of Christians from Iraq by Islamic State

C of E wins with five balls to spare

C of E wins with five balls to spare

The Archbishop's XI delivered a hard-fought victory in Canterbury, writes Bill Day

New York climate change summit puts leaders on the spot

New York climate change summit puts leaders on the spot

THE UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, spoke of a "bold new course of action on climate change" when he convened the first climate summit of world leaders for five years, in New York on Tuesday

Swedish church get out of fossil fuels

Swedish church get out of fossil fuels

THE Church of Sweden has completely disinvested from fossil fuels, after dropping remaining holdings in gas companies

High stakes as Arab countries join strikes on Islamic State

High stakes as Arab countries join strikes on Islamic State

SEVERAL Arab countries took a calculated gamble when they joined the United States in the extension of the air attacks against Islamic State (IS) to include targets in Syria this week

Photo: Cost

Photo: Cost

Cost: a Kurdish refugee carries her belongings as she flees into Turkey. More than 130,000 have fled from Syria since last week.

New campaign launched

New campaign launched

The legal officer at Human Rights First Rwanda Association, Brenda Kayitesi, who was in London on Monday for the launch of a new campaign, "Unlocking Potential", by the charity Feed the Minds, says that she aims at seeing poor women in rural areas sharing in this process of empowerment

Virus threatens Liberian children’s education

Virus threatens Liberian children’s education

CHILDREN in Liberia, the country worst hit by the epidemic of the Ebola virus, may be out of school for more than a year, in a society "gripped by fear", an education manager reported this week

News in brief

News in brief

Bathurst debt crisis continues; Chibok girls 'have not been rescued'; Prize for professor who investigated Jesus in toast

Dr Makoni ignores order to reinstate two sacked priests

Dr Makoni ignores order to reinstate two sacked priests

THE Bishop of Manicaland, in Zimbabwe, Dr Julius Makoni, has ignored an order by the Archbishop of Central Africa, the Most Revd Albert Chama, to reinstate the licences of two priests who complained about his behaviour, one of the priests reported this week

Peshawar church ‘still in pain’

Peshawar church ‘still in pain’

ONE year after a suicide-bomb attack on All Saints', Peshawar, in northern Pakistan, the situation for Christians in the town remains bleak

Lavender ladies

Lavender ladies

Blackburn: ON A recent visit, the Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Revd Julian Henderson, took the opportunity to thank the group of volunteer gardeners for their dedication in looking after the gardens of Whalley Abbey, in the Ribble Valley

Adventure holiday

Adventure holiday

London: FOR the first time since the start of the recession, the young people of St George's, Hanworth Park, were able to go on a holiday to Adventure International, in Bude, Cornwall, thanks to a Lottery grant

Twinning it

Twinning it

Salisbury:  Amanda Williams has started a twice-monthly Twins Club for parents of twins, triplets, and other multiple siblings, with the help of an NSM at St Denys's, Warminster, the Revd Carole Owen

Steeplechase singing

Steeplechase singing

Chelmsford: TWENTY-FIVE singers sang their way round 28 churches in Chelmsford diocese, all in one day, in a Choral Steeplechase, to raise funds for historic churches in north Essex

Ten this year

Ten this year

St Edmundsbury & Ipswich:  ALREADY this year, the Archdeacon of Sudbury, the Ven. Dr David Jenkins, has completed ten sponsored races - each of them 10k - to raise awareness and thousands of pounds to help families cope with autism

First match between the Vatican and the C of E ends in a close finish

First match between the Vatican and the C of E ends in a close finish

Paul Handley reports from Kent Cricket Club on a historic game

Welby calls for reconciliation in referendum aftermath

Welby calls for reconciliation in referendum aftermath

CHURCH leaders have been reacting to the news, announced early this morning, that Scotland has voted to stay in the UK

'Time is running out to fix the world'

Christina Manning previews next week's UN Climate Summit in New York

Scotland votes 'No' and Cameron promises to deliver

Scotland votes

SCOTTISH voters have rejected the opportunity to become an independent nation - 55 per cent of them chose to remain within the UK in the referendum yesterday

Welsh Bishops announce new code

Welsh Bishops announce new code

INDIVIDUALS in the Church in Wales who cannot accept the consecration of women of bishops can seek sacramental provision under a code of practice prepared by the Bench of Bishops

C of E to pay Living Wage in schools

C of E to pay Living Wage in schools

ALL Church of England schools will become accredited Living Wage employers under a plan announced by the National Society and the trade union Unison on Monday

Sculptor can find no place to lay his bench in London

Sculptor can find no place to lay his bench in London

SEARCHING for a London home for his sculpture Jesus the Homeless, which features Christ huddled under a blanket, and sleeping on a park bench, the Canadian sculptor Tim Schmalz thought that he had found the perfect host 

A bell’s tone is part of its heritage, says chancellor

A bell’s tone is part of its heritage, says chancellor

BECAUSE it is irreversible, the tuning of a complete old ring of bells is a serious matter, a Consistory Court has heard 

Palimpsest Codex stays in Cambridge

Palimpsest Codex stays in Cambridge

ONE of the most important early biblical manuscripts, the Codex Zacynthius, is to stay in the UK, after Cambridge University Library successfully raised the £1.1 million needed to buy it

Extremism talks held

Extremism talks held

COMBATING extremism was the topic of a conference held in Bradford on the anniversary of 9/11 last week

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Wed 1 Oct 14 @ 10:54
RT @greenbeltAnd here, editor Paul Handley explains the quest and how they reached their verdicts: http://t.co/R9Q4YCOI9L 2/2

Wed 1 Oct 14 @ 10:53
RT @BPGUKGood to see 3 @dlt_books titles (so far!) in the @churchtimes 100 Best Books. Will there be more in parts 2 and 3 I wonder! #CT100