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Baptist wife wanted to lay hands on husband

Baptist wife wanted to lay hands on husband

A BAPTIST minister married to a Church of England priest has criticised the rules that prevented her from playing a significant part in his ordination service

RC line on women put under scrutiny

RC line on women put under scrutiny

THE "cork in the bottle" - the papal ban on the discussion of the ordination of women in the Roman Catholic Church - must be removed, an audience at Cambridge heard this week

Anniversary

Anniversary

Anniversary: Emily Watson playing the Revd Julie Nicholson, in a new BBC drama about the 7/7 attacks

Commissioners to divest from SOCO

Commissioners to divest from SOCO

THE Church Commissioners are to dump their £1.6 million holding in the British oil-exploration company SOCO International

Harmondsworth priest voices concerns over Heathrow runway proposal

Harmondsworth priest voices concerns over Heathrow runway proposal

THE priest of a west London parish which stands to be partly demolished if a third runway were to be built at Heathrow has spoken about his congregation's anxiety

HSBC branch closure prompts Vicar's protest walk

HSBC branch closure prompts Vicar

AN UNUSUAL pilgrimage to save the last bank in his town has been undertaken by the Vicar

Saxon carving stolen from Yorkshire church

Saxon carving stolen from Yorkshire church

POLICE are hunting thieves who stole an unusual Saxon carving (below) from the family church of the Duchess of Kent

Methodist Conference hears call to evangelise

Methodist Conference hears call to evangelise

THE new President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Steve Wild, has urged every church to bring at least one new person to faith this year

BBC poll finds that many are baffled by Ramadan

BBC poll finds that many are baffled by Ramadan

MOST people believe that cultural diversity is a good thing, a new survey suggests, but only half of those questioned understood what Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, was about

Ancient and modern

Ancient and modern

Ancient and modern: relief of scene from the life of St James the Greater, Austrian, Passau, c.1510, one of three reliefs on sale at Sotheby's in London next Thursday

Gospel of Jesus’s Wife is a forgery, say theologians

Gospel of Jesus’s Wife is a forgery, say theologians

AN ANCIENT "Gospel" fragment that appeared to suggest that Jesus was married has been denounced as a forgery by a group of theologians and scholars

Conference hears of value of finding balance in life

Conference hears of value of finding balance in life

RETREATS and silence are a way of trying to find balance in a society dominated by a "left-brain" approach, delegates at the Retreat Association Conference heard

Floral instal­lation

Floral instal­lation

Floral installation: a display at "Cascades", the Winchester Cathedral flower festival, held last week. Staged by the Wessex and Jersey Area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, flowers were used to create contemporary and traditional designs, under the...

Keep faith with us, says Traidcraft

Keep faith with us, says Traidcraft

AFTER four consecutive years of making losses, Traidcraft plc is pleading with Christians to support it because, it says, the fight for fair trade is not over

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Charities told to clean up fund-raising | Bishop of Guildford to take forward RME process  | Shropshire church has new memorial for infants | Archbishop returns to subject of capitalism 

Toddler groups grow churches as well as children

Toddler groups grow churches as well as children

CHURCH-BASED parent-and-toddler groups are having a significant impact on the lives of the children and parents who attend, as well as on the group leaders, the first detailed report to examine their influence suggests

Court orders foster care for child ‘harmed by religious beliefs’

Court orders foster care for child ‘harmed by religious beliefs’

A CHILD caught in a battle between his devout Jehovah's Witness mother and non-belieiving and estranged father has been placed in foster care following a court ruling

Twin benefits from PACT

Twin benefits from PACT

THE charity Parents and Children Together (PACT) has placed its first children for adoption under a new scheme to find families for children who have been in care the longest

Church school head sacked over doctored results

Church school head sacked over doctored results

STEPHANIE O'GRADY, the former head teacher of St Patrick's C of E Primary Academy, Solihull, has been sacked by the governing body after an investigation into Standard Assessment Tests (SATS) taken by 30 Year-6 pupils last summer

Welby defends Idowu-Fearon appointment

Welby defends Idowu-Fearon appointment

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has defended the appointment of the next Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, after a statement on the website of the Church of Nigeria said that it had not approved his acceptance of the post

Two more women, and one man, for the College of Bishops

Two more women, and one man, for the College of Bishops

THE number of Church of England women bishops is to rise to six, after two further appointments were announced this week

Three more archdeaconries for the diocese of Liverpool

Three more archdeaconries for the diocese of Liverpool

A REORGANISATION in the diocese of Liverpool will create three new archdeaconries as the first step in reducing the administrative burden across the diocese

Leaving the Qur’an for the Gospels

Leaving the Qur’an for the Gospels

THE "greatest turning of Muslims to Jesus Christ in history" is taking place across the world, the author of a new book, on tour in the UK, suggests

Synod to hear calls for a low-carbon future

Synod to hear calls for a low-carbon future

MOTIONS calling for urgent action to address climate change will be at the heart of the next sessions of the General Synod, which meets five months before a landmark international summit in Paris

New Bishop of Richmond announced

New Bishop of Richmond announced

New bishop: the Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven, the Ven. Paul Slater, after being introduced to the media and local dignitaries as the next Bishop of Richmond at Leeds Minster last week

Waterloo remembered: 'Recall past to cement Britishness'

Waterloo remembered:

COMMEMORATING historic events such as the Battle of Waterloo helps to cement our Britishness, the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, said at a service marking the bicentenary of the Duke of Wellington's victory over Napoleon

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