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Cheers ring out after women are consecrated

Cheers ring out after women are consecrated

Pat Ashworth reports from Canterbury Cathedral on the first woman diocesan

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

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.

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

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A vase? You must be kidding

A vase? You must be kidding

Flower festivals have become big business, attracting visitors and funds. Jemima Thackray plots their growth  Subscribe to read more

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Smug and weird — no wonder it’s a turn-off

Congregations need to welcome newcomers with a sensitivity to their questions and doubts, says Christopher Whitby  Read More

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