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TWO ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in north London have been
allowed to delete questions on GCSE science papers which infringe
their community's beliefs
Mrs Beaumont, an artist, who is married to the Revd Adam
Beaumont, Assistant Curate of Holy Trinity, Westbury-on-Trym,
Bristol, has been commissioned to contribute to the Birth
Online: Birth Offline art project, which will explore
perspectives on public birth.
Tim Wyatt joined royalty, politicians,
church leaders, and past campaigners at Nelson Mandela's
Westminster Abbey memorial service
A female teacher at a Church of England School in Somerset was
suspended this week after allegedly putting sticky tape over the
mouths of noisy ten-year-old pupils during a lesson
A PROGRAMME of the Church Urban Fund that funds interfaith
community projects will be boosted by additional funding of £3
million, it was announced last week.
Near Neighbours, which was set up in 2011, is funded by the
Department for Communities and Local Government. The money...
THE "bicycling bishop" is getting back on his machine again. The
Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Edward Condry, who in 2012 cycled 1500 miles
from Olympiain Greece to the London Olympic stadium in 15 days, is
giving upthe episcopal motor for Lent.
AFTER being accused of presiding over a "débâcle" that left the
Second Church Estates Commissioner, Sir Tony Baldry, facing a
"baying mob", the Church Commissioners have announced that they
will stick to their decision to move the home of the Bishop of Bath
& Wells from the Palace
BISHOPS welcomed the Government's restated commitment to
tackling child poverty, but said that "clear leadership" and
"cross-party consensus" were needed if ambitious targets were to be
met. The Government unveiled its new strategy last week, but a
consensus appeared unlikely...
The marble monument to Florence Nightingale and her family in
the graveyard of St Margaret's, East Wellow, in Hampshire, was
damaged on 14 February, after an 80-foot tree was blown down.
Quotes are currently being sought for its repair.
CHAPLAINS in care homes play a vital part in building community
and helping residents to come to terms with ageing, a new study has
THE first four diocesan synods to consider the women-bishops
legislation referred by the General Synod have voted overwhelmingly
FIFTY ministers, including some C of E clergy, have signed up to
wear a rainbow-coloured clerical collar during Lent, in response to
the House of Bishops' statement on same-sex marriage.
A PASTORAL visit to a mother whose baby died a year ago was the
first subject of a new year-long Twitter campaign designed to show
the variety of work undertaken by the Church of England.
End Hunger Fast gathers pace; State school chosen by education
reformer; Yorkshire retreat centre closes; Greaves murder officer
honoured; Royal correspondence delights pupils; Mrs Welby writes
for International Women's Day; New leader for NTCG
IF Muslims and Jews refuse to allow animals to be stunned before
they are killed, the Government should ban their traditional
methods of slaughter, the president-elect of the British Veterinary
Association (BVA) said on Thursday
A PASTORAL visit to a mother whose baby died a year ago is the
first subject of a new year-long Twitter campaign designed to
showcase the variety of work undertaken by the Church of
THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, has described the House of
Bishops' pastoral statement on same-sex marriage, which he signed a
fortnight ago, as "Anglican fudge"
PRIMATES from the Global South of the Anglican Communion have
announced that they intend to offer pastoral oversight to
dissenting parishes and dioceses in other provinces
A FLURRY of initiatives has been launched to urge people to mark
Lent in more creative ways than giving up chocolate
A NEW report for the Government has concluded that people are
being driven to use foodbanks by job losses and problems getting
CHURCH leaders in Somerset, one of the counties worst affected
by recent storms and flooding, have written to the Prime Minister
to call for measures to be taken to prevent any repetition of an
emergency on this scale.
THE Church of England is reviewing the operation of Common
Tenure, after complaints have been made that its provisions are too
inflexible to meet the requirements of dioceses and the clergy.
Four members of a Roman Catholic ecumenical community have
officially taken up residence at Lambeth Palace.
THE Government was charged this week with "rank discrimination"
against religious education in schools. The accusation, by Mark
Chater, a director of the Culham St Gabriel's Trust, a leading RE
research organisation, was made in protest at ministers' refusal to
reinstate £9000 bursaries for graduates training to be RE
THE proportion of those recommended for ordination who are under
30 increased last year, new figures from the Church of England have