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Priest marries gay partner

Priest marries gay partner

A CHAPLAIN in Lincolnshire has become the first priest in the Church of England to be married to a same-sex partner, in defiance of House of Bishops' guidance

Holy Week marked with poppies and shoeshine

Holy Week marked with poppies and shoeshine

FROM Passion-inspired artwork set in 12 shipping containers across the north-east of England to 500 new poppy fields in Devon, the closing days of Lent are being observed in a variety of ways around the country

Yorkshire dioceses will celebrate Paschal rebirth

Yorkshire dioceses will celebrate Paschal rebirth

ON EASTER DAY, millions of people in Yorkshire will awake to a new reality. At 11.59 p.m. the previous day, three dioceses will have ceased to be. In their place will be the diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales, a new creation born after much debate

Parish is too well off to sell armour, court decides

Parish is too well off to sell armour, court decides

THE parish of Oakley with Wootton St Lawrence, in the diocese of Winchester, is not, after all, to be allowed to sell a rare artefact that hung in the church for almost 300 years 

Church of England advises retaining civil partnerships

Church of England advises retaining civil partnerships

THE Government should not abolish civil partnerships, because it would create an "invidious choice" for gay couples who may not wish, for religious reasons, to get married, a Church of England submission has said

Rector is believed to have drowned during seaborne pilgrimage

Rector is believed to have drowned during seaborne pilgrimage

A RECTOR from Dorset whose body was discovered washed up on a beach on Monday of last week is thought to have drowned during a 150-mile seaborne pilgrimage to Cornwall

Make an Easter offering for priests

LENT is almost over, but it is not too late to give to the Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund appeal. It stays open during Eastertide.

Shropshire congregation repairs to garage

Shropshire congregation repairs to garage

AN INFORMAL gathering of two halves of a house-group that split after becoming too large, has turned into a regular ecumenical worship event - a local car repair garage

Burglary at ‘the Stump’ in Boston

Burglary at ‘the Stump’ in Boston

A BURGLARY at what is believed to be the tallest parish church in England, St Botolph's, in Boston, has been described as "devastating" by the Team Rector, Canon Alyson Buxton. Money from donation boxes and memorial candles at the church -known locally as "the Stump" - were...

Cemetery chapel is destroyed

Cemetery chapel is destroyed

THE chapel in the cemetery in Nottinghamshire where the parents of the author and poet D. H. Lawrence are buried was reduced to little more than a shell by a severe fire last week

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Welby: Why Rev. doesn't get me down; Bishop of Oxford announces retirement; Urquhart sounds note of caution on schools probe; Lord Carey comes to Mr Kuttner's defence

Churchgoers rejoice in their beds

Churchgoers rejoice in their beds

PEOPLE who attend church regularly are more likely to be happy with their love lives, a new study by researchers at the University of Porto in Portugal suggests

Evangelicals embrace Bible apps

Evangelicals embrace Bible apps

EVANGELICAL Christians are embracing smart technology to keep up their daily Bible-reading schedules, a new report suggests

Cameron affirms partnership with Church

Cameron affirms partnership with Church

A CONFIDENT Church is a "vital partner" in the care of the nation, the Prime Minister writes in this week's Church Times

Bishop recalls Hillsborough tragedy

Bishop recalls Hillsborough tragedy

TWENTY-FIVE years after watching the Hillsborough disaster unfold before his eyes, the Bishop of Brechin can still vividly recall the fateful day

Churches' letter to PM and fast decry hunger in UK

Churches

FORTY-TWO Anglican bishops and more than 600 clerics and ministers have signed an open letter demanding that politicians act to stop people going hungry in the UK

Keep civil partnerships, Bishops tell Government

Keep civil partnerships, Bishops tell Government

THE Government should not abolish civil partnerships because it would create an "invidious choice" for gay couples who may not wish, for religious reasons, to get married, a Church of England submission has said

‘We face attacks if C of E marriage policy changes’

‘We face attacks if C of E marriage policy changes’

BISHOPS in South Sudan have confirmed the Archbishop of Canterbury's warning that Christians in their country face a violent reaction if the Church of England permits same-sex marriage and blessings.

Officials look for ways to fast-track women into Lords

Officials look for ways to fast-track women into Lords

CHURCH officials and advisers are considering ways to speed up the entry of women bishops into the House of Lords, the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, confirmed on Monday.

A personal expression of thanks

A personal expression of thanks

THERE are often personal reasons why readers give to the Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund. Among the donations we received this week was one marked: "In gratitude to those who funded my ordination training", and another: "To my brother for his birthday and Christmas gift".

O’Connor headlines at Greenbelt

O’Connor headlines at Greenbelt

ALTHOUGH the Greenbelt festival relocates to a new site in Northamptonshire in August, familiar names will be there to welcome visitors. 

Pickles fights ‘PC atheists’

Pickles fights ‘PC atheists’

THE Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has urged "militant atheists" to accept that Britain is still a Christian country.

Archbishops devote week to poor

Archbishops devote week to poor

THE Archbishop of Canterbury and the RC Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, made a joint visit to a north-London centre for asylum-seekers last Sunday, at the start of a joint week of prayer for the poor.

Have you heard the one about the clergy doing stand-up jokes?

Have you heard the one about the clergy doing stand-up jokes?

THE third series of Rev has given the nation an opportunity to laugh at them for three weeks now, but members of the clergy in London turned the tables on Tuesday, by spending a day learning how to crack jokes.

Park View governor defends school against critics

Park View governor defends school against critics

AN ANGLICAN governor of Park View Academy, the Birmingham school suspected of being infiltrated by religious extremists, has hit back at critics. 

Bishop calls for help for UK Roma community

Bishop calls for help for UK Roma community

THE Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has called for action to tackle the "commonplace" persecution faced by members of the Roma community in Britain.

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Putting Passion into performance

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My faith in the Church of England

David Cameron expresses his pride in its openness, beauty, social action, and pastoral care  Read More

Sat 19 Apr 14 @ 10:57
RT @martindsewellPlease pray for Denise Inge http://t.co/SzGeeoek7a @BishopWorcester

Fri 18 Apr 14 @ 10:27
RT @seatroutExtremely long profile of Justin Welby (I wrote 3,800 words) in the Guardian today http://t.co/kDvwJoa6hW Not all nonsense.