SCHOOLS that apply religious criteria for admissions continue to
discriminate against poorer and ethnic-minority pupils, whatever
their faith background, those who have commissioned a new survey
THE report of the House of Bishops Working Group on Human
Sexuality, chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling, has prompted a wide range
of response and criticism.
THE Most Revd Patricia Louise Storey is the first female
bishop in Ireland and Britain. She was consecrated for the dioceses
of Meath & Kildare on Saturday, in Christ Church Cathedral,
LEVELS of food poverty in Britain have become a "public-health
emergency", senior doctors and academics warned the Government this
LOVE it or loathe it, perhaps the best-known modern worship song
has reached the landmark age of 25. "Shine, Jesus, shine", was
first released by the songwriter Graham Kendrick in 1988.
A FOREIGN OFFICE minister and a shadow spokesman for foreign
affairs were criticised by MPs on all sides of the House of Commons
this week during a debate on the persecution of Christians.
TWO bishops have accused payday lenders of unleashing a "tidal
wave of misery" by lending to the poor and trapping them in
THE funerals of the nine people who were killed when a
police helicopter crashed on the Clutha pub, in Glasgow, will be
held over the next few days, as the bodies of the victims are
released to their families.
DOZENS of new sleeping bags are being handed out nightly to
people who find themselves homeless on the streets of London,
thanks to a church-based charity.
Commissioners to move Bath & Wells; Sunday worship app
released; Call for precious gift at Christmas
SUPPORTERS of a retreat house are demanding to know why it may
close, despite an upturn in bookings in recent years. The Friends
of Ivy House, a retreat centre open to all faiths and none in
Warminster, Wiltshire, say that there has been "poor consultation
and insufficient time to consider all the options" for the future
of the centre.
A DISPUTE between the Revd Mark Sharpe and the Bishop and
diocese of Worcester must restart its long journey through the
courts after a ruling that an employment tribunal had erred in
deciding that clerics were office-holders. The judge declined,
however, to rule on whether they should be awarded employee
PARISHIONERS are being asked to nominate a particular hour each
day in which they will spend at least five minutes praying for
their church, their community, and the world.
Angel wings reflect the merchandise in the window of Church
House Bookshop, Westminster. The Christmas display was produced by
Sachiko Yabe, a theatre-design student.
A NEW course in happiness has been launched for churches and
workplaces by the UK's largest Christian disability charity,
Livability. The course, which is open to all, was sold out when it
ran its first training day last weekend.
THE National Churches Trust (NCT), at a service in Westminster
Abbey on Thursday of last week, celebrated 60 years of working with
endangered church buildings.
BRITISH viewers are now able to judge for themselves if the hype
over the American mini-series The Bible is justified. When it first
appeared on cable TV in the United States earlier this year, few
people expected its popularity to extend far beyond the Bible
THE diocese of Chichester is set to replace its youth and
children's team with a single youth officer, as part of a
"restructuring exercise" that will, in part, fund the creation of a
Brought to to life: left: part of Paolo Giovio's Vitae
illustrium vivorum (1549-57), one of 1.5 million pages from
manuscripts, early texts and Bibles, from collections currently
being digitised through a collaboration between the Bodleian and
THE Methodist Church has begun a consultation to assess its
members' views on same-sex marriage and civil partnerships.
THE contribution of the Church of England to social action was
celebrated in the House of Lords on Thursday of last week; but
bishops were warned about the risks of the Church of England's
developing too cosy a relationship with the State.
The text of the Pilling report
A long-running dispute between the Revd Mark Sharpe and the
Bishop and diocese of Worcester must restart its long journey
through the courts after a ruling that an employment tribunal had
erred in deciding that clerics were office-holders
A CHURCH in Lincoln has helped six people to escape from
contemporary slavery in the past few months, as part of its project
working with the homeless and marginalised
MORE than one in three non-church secondary schools and
academies are failing to fulfil their legal obligation to provide
religious education to under-16s, and one in four do not offer RE
to 14- to 16-year-olds, new research published this week
THE Supreme Court of the United Kingdom upheld a decision of the
Court of Appeal in February last year that the actions of two
hotel-owners in refusing to provide a double-bedded room for a
homosexual couple amounted to unlawful discrimination on the
grounds of sexual orientation