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Giving up again, though givers down

Giving up again, though givers down

PARISH giving has risen to its highest level on record, to almost £1 billion. But the figures for 2013, the latest available, also show that the number of donors has shrunk

Absconding rector turns himself in and goes to jail

Absconding rector turns himself in and goes to jail

THE Rector of Farnham, the Revd Simon Reynolds, has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, after being found guilty of stealing fees from his former parish and the diocese of Wakefield

Graveyard regulations are cause of distress

Graveyard regulations are cause of distress

A BEREAVED mother, Janet Dacombe, has spoken of the distress caused by the Church’s regulations on churchyards

Election analysis: C of E support for Conservative Party remains firm

Election analysis: C of E support for Conservative Party remains firm

MORE Anglicans voted for UKIP in the General Election than voted for the Liberal Democrats, the latest study of voting behaviour suggests.

Portsmouth to train priests

Portsmouth to train priests

FROM September, priests and Readers will be trained in Portsmouth for the first time after the diocese set up a joint venture with Ripon College, Cuddesdon

Distinctive

Distinctive

Donors to Truro Cathedral’s roof appeal are being invited to sign one of the 60,000 new slates being used

Church growth boosts ethical bank

Church growth boosts ethical bank

GROWING churches are an expanding market for Triodos, the bank that describes itself as a pioneer of ethical banking.

Plainsong ‘no longer endangered’

Plainsong ‘no longer endangered’

GREGORIAN chant is enjoying a revival, as new singers have their eyes opened to the beauties of the oldest continuously sung repertoire in Western Europe

Second Commissioner named in 1980s review

Second Commissioner named in 1980s review

A FORMER Second Church Estates Commissioner, Sir William van Straubenzee is among the former MPs named in documents to be passed to the national child-abuse inquiry led by Justice Lowell Goddard 

Aggression and stress identified in survey

Aggression and stress identified in survey

MINISTRY places a strain on marriages, a new survey of 200 priests, pastors, and leaders suggests

Centenary flower festival

Centenary flower festival

At St Hilda’s Priory, Whitby, the now international Order of the Holy Paraclete are recalling their origins

‘Modern-day miracle’ as wedding follows prayer

‘Modern-day miracle’ as wedding follows prayer

A MAN who had planned his funeral service at his church, having being diagnosed with advanced cancer, this week married his fiancée instead, after his cancer went into remission.

In the ascendant

In the ascendant

Two steeplejacks return the restored weathervane to its place at the top of St Edmund’s tower, in South­wold, on the Suffolk coast.

Defamed bronze of Durham monks to move

Defamed bronze of Durham monks to move

DURHAM CATHEDRAL has won planning consent to build four houses opposite the cathedral, despite objections from some of the city’s residents and the co-ordinator of the World Heritage Site (WHS) that includes the cathedral

Sanctification

Sanctification

The Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, conducts a blessing of the site of the Crossbones paupers’ burial ground, last week. Prostitutes licensed by the Bishops of Winchester were buried here. Dean Nunn conducted a service “with regret for the wrongs of the past; in remembrance...

UK news in brief

Professor John Hull dies, aged 80; Senior priest in Portsmouth diocese jailed; New inquiry into delivery of benefits; Valuable gravestones stolen from Leeds Minster

Clergy pensions are costing more

Clergy pensions are costing more

SPENDING on clergy pensions increased by almost £3 million in the past year, the Pensions Board’s annual report for 2014 has revealed.

We have not recovered yet, says Dean of Nepal

We have not recovered yet, says Dean of Nepal

NEPAL is still decades away from full recovery, nearly 100 days after an earthquake left thousands dead and many more injured and without homes, the country’s most senior Anglican cleric, the Dean of Nepal, the Very Revd Lewis Lew, said this week.

Aid convoys to Ukraine are blocked

Aid convoys to Ukraine are blocked

ONLY 20 per cent of the aid needed to help the five million people affected by the continuing conflict in Ukraine has reached the country, UNICEF has said. The UN has appealed for £35 million to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of children and families in eastern Ukraine, where...

NSKK supports Security Bills protests

NSKK supports Security Bills protests

TWO new Bills that undermine the specifically pacifist constitution in Japan have been passed by the lower house of its parliament, despite huge public protests

 

Grave doubts cast on Yeats burial

Grave doubts cast on Yeats burial

THE many pilgrims who make their way to the designated grave of the poet W. B. Yeats in Drumcliffe Church of Ireland graveyard

Appeal as violence rises against women in Delhi

Appeal as violence rises against women in Delhi

THE Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, has urged the public to intervene if they see violence against women, in the wake of the stabbing of a 19-year-old woman by two men in a busy marketplace in the city, writes a staff reporter.

World news in brief

World news in brief

Archbishop Desmond Tutu in hospital; Third-generation Templeton is appointed president 

Absconding rector hands himself in after three days on the run

Absconding rector hands himself in after three days on the run

A PRIEST who absconded from court last week, just as a jury was finding him guilty of stealing fees, has handed himself in

Cameron, Welby seek to root out Islamist violence

Cameron, Welby seek to root out Islamist violence

A CAMPAIGN to quash conspiracy theories suggesting that the West, in league with Israel, is seeking to undermine Islam is needed as part of a strategy to tackle Islamist extremism in Britain, the Prime Minister said in a speech on Monday

Compassionate Conservatism now at an end, says Timms

Compassionate Conservatism now at an end, says Timms

THE Government’s abolition of the legally binding targets on child poverty are "the final nail in the coffin for compassionate Conservatism", the Chair of Christians on the Left said on Monday

Will we split? Who gets hurt? Sex talks leave questions

Will we split? Who gets hurt? Sex talks leave questions

In the West Midlands the C of E’s Shared Conversations on sexuality took place last month. Five participants speak to Madeleine Davies

C of E voices opposition to latest Assisted Dying Bill

C of E voices opposition to latest Assisted Dying Bill

THE latest attempt to change the law on assisted dying, which is to be debated by MPs in a Second Reading in September, has faced opposition from critics from the Church of England and elsewhere

ECHR upholds UK law against claim on assisted suicide

ECHR upholds UK law against claim on assisted suicide

THE European Court of Human Rights dismissed complaints that the UK violated the right to respect for private life

Fulham Palace seeks funds for makeover

Fulham Palace seeks funds for makeover

THE trustees of the former residence of the Bishops of London, Fulham Palace, are seeking £1.45 million to complete restoration of the historic house and gardens, and attract more visitors.

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

British expect justice, but employees abroad suffer; Airtime for religion programmes declines; Director of CA England retires

Church's Fake or Fortune? painting is Old Master

Church

Save or sell? A large painting in the Renaissance style, The Deposition of Christ, which has hung in St John the Baptist’s, Tunstall, for more than 200 years, has been revealed to be worth more than £100,000 after research by BBC’s Fake or Fortune?.

Child killed by tree mourned

Child killed by tree mourned

THE head teacher of the school attended by Alexia Walenkaki, aged five, who was killed last Friday when a tree trunk fell on her in a park in east London, has said that the community was in "state of shock and grief".

"Explore our differences", 3FF says

"Explore our differences", 3FF says

SOCIAL and educational policy relating to diversity should be developed to encourage deeper engagement between different ethnic and faith communities, a new report from the Three Faiths Forum (3FF), published this week, says

Holy day to honour the Studds

Holy day to honour the Studds

THE Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, has marked 16 July as a holy day in London, in memory of the three Studd brothers (right), whose family name is inscribed on the Ashes urn, writes Hattie Williams.

Bosley community grieves after mill explosion

Bosley community grieves after mill explosion

THE Vicar of St Mary’s, Bosley, near Macclesfield, has spoken of a community “locked in grief” after an explosion and fire at the Wood Flour Mills, Bosley, last Friday.

Clubs man

Clubs man

The US golfer Zach Johnson holds the Claret Jug trophy as he celebrates winning The Open tournament, at St Andrews, on Monday.

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Fri 31 Jul 15 @ 18:59
@steveLIVS @RhodesWriter @c_of_e It wasn't our data, it was a survey by the British Election Study. HS

Fri 31 Jul 15 @ 15:25
Giving in @c_of_e up to £1 billion. But number of givers falling http://t.co/XTRi469vxv http://t.co/DZOtKmFWHH