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C of E equips investors to monitor climate impact

C of E equips investors to monitor climate impact

THE national investment bodies of the Church of England — the Church Commissioners, the CBF, and the Pensions Board — have launched an online data-analysis tool for investors to assess how effectively companies are addressing climate change

Croft: All-party report deepens integration debate

Croft: All-party report deepens integration debate

A NEW report on integration, recommending that immigrants must learn English before or immediately after arrival, and suggesting that a regional quota may be the way forward, is an improvement on “toxic” recent debate, the Bishop of Oxford, Dr Steven Croft, said last week

May confronts ‘hidden injustice’ of mental illness

May confronts ‘hidden injustice’ of mental illness

MENTAL illness has been a “hidden injustice” in the UK as a result of “unacceptable” social stigma, the Prime Minister said this week as she announced new measures to improve mental-health support in schools, universities, homes, and workplaces across the country

Deans defend cathedrals’ independence

Deans defend cathedrals’ independence

THE financial troubles at Peter­borough Cathedral should not be used as “a stick to beat the rest of the cathedrals with”, the Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber, has declared

McGuinness accuses DUP of bigotry

McGuinness accuses DUP of bigotry

A SERIOUS sectarian element lies in the background of the threatened collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly after the resignation of the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, it has emerged

Christians in Asia and India at risk amid rising religious nationalism, Open Doors warns

Christians in Asia and India at risk amid rising religious nationalism, Open Doors warns

RELIGIOUS nationalism is driving soaring levels of anti-Christian persecution across Asia and the Indian subcontinent, Open Doors warns this year, as it publishes its 25th World Watch List. The charity campaigns on behalf of persecuted Christians

Women's ordination campaigner Una Kroll dies at 91

Women

Linda Hurcombe writes:

IN NOVEMBER 1978, the General Synod of the Church of England voted against legislation allowing women to be priests. Dr Una Kroll, legs shaking, and supported by her friend Sue Dowell, stood and declared: “We asked for bread, and you gave us a stone — long live God!” Her cri de cœur and subsequent tireless campaigning found reward 14 years later when, in 1992, the first women were ordained to the priesthood of the Church of England

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Extending a ministry of welcome

Extending a ministry of welcome

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The local and the global cannot be separated

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Books reviewed this week
Tito’s turbulent priest

Tito’s turbulent priest

Michael Bourdeaux on the injustice done to Cardinal Stepinac

Justifying the ways of God to man
 
 

Justifying the ways of God to ma...

Mike Starkey looks at two books with an apologetic tendency

Horizons widen in the East

Horizons widen in the East

Christopher Hall reads about the founders of a Christian ashram

Williams: Refugees are not globetrotting

Williams: Refugees are not globetrotting

THE Prime Minister’s attack on the idea of global citizenship should not be used as an excuse to neglect the plight of refugees and people suffering overseas, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams writes in this week’s Church Times

Flint churches of Norwich hope to catch visitors knapping

Flint churches of Norwich hope to catch visitors knapping

THE medieval churches of Norwich and its medieval cathedral are to be at the heart of a new festival this spring which will celebrate their history, culture, and relevance in the 21st century

Ancient lavatory finds Pakistan ‘twin’

Ancient lavatory finds Pakistan ‘twin’

AN ANCIENT lavatory at St John the Baptist Hospital, an 11th century almshouse in Canterbury, has been “twinned” with a block of latrines in a school in Pakistan

Clergy aid was crucial, say SFC recipients

Clergy aid was crucial, say SFC recipients

MORE than a third of the recipients of financial aid from the charity Sons and Friends of the Clergy say that they could not have coped with­out this support, research suggests

Landmark anniversary for Welsh women

Landmark anniversary for Welsh women

Services were held at all six Anglican cathedrals in Wales last Saturday, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ordination of the first women priests in the Church in Wales. These included Llandaf...

A look at the scoreboard

A look at the scoreboard

An installa­tion at Birming­ham Cathedral, Measures of Us, displays the findings of an electronic survey about common experi­ences, completed by people across the city last month

Council rebuked for erecting fence round churchyard

Council rebuked for erecting fence round churchyard

LEEDS City Council had acted with “ineptitude, discourtesy, and illegality” when it erected a fence along the perimeter of the closed churchyard of St Peter’s, Bramley, without first seeking a faculty or planning consent, the Consistory Court of the diocese said when hearing an application for a confirmatory faculty

Campaigning groups to form double rainbow

Campaigning groups to form double rainbow

TWO of the Church of England’s largest pro-gay campaigning groups are to merge to create a unified voice in time for the debates on sexuality at the General Synod in February

‘New patterns’ for Cornhill church

‘New patterns’ for Cornhill church

A NEW life for St Michael’s, Cornhill, has been sketched by the Archdeacon of London, the Ven. Luke Miller, after an article in The Times warned that it was “on the verge of bankruptcy”

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Festival of Preaching to be launched in September; Church doors open after seven-year-old’s death; Qur’an chanted at Epiphany eucharist in Glasgow; Professor Keri Thomas appointed OBE; Tribute paid after Oak Hill Principal dies

Abortion debate held in Irish Citizens’ Assembly

Abortion debate held in Irish Citizens’ Assembly

TWO leading UK philosophers have clashed on the moral issues surrounding abortion at a weekend meeting of the Irish-government inspired Citizens’ Assembly

Proposals for Irish religious-teaching reform

Proposals for Irish religious-teaching reform

REFORMS proposed for the Irish primary-school curriculum include an option to spend more time — or less — on teaching religion. The idea, which will be brought forward for consultation in the spring with the schools, almost all of which are under Roman Catholic or Anglican patronage, has been welcomed by the main teachers’ union, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation

Seasonal greeting

Seasonal greeting

The President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, at the Coptic Orthodox Christmas liturgy celebrated by Pope Tawadros II (left) in St Mark’s, Cairo, last Friday

UN launches largest-ever appeal for Syrian aid

UN launches largest-ever appeal for Syrian aid

SYRIA will continue to need more humanitarian aid than anywhere in the world in 2017, the UN forecasts, but the need for international aid in countries such as Nigeria and the Yemen is also predicted to rise dramatically

Terrorism: never in God’s name, says the Pope

Terrorism: never in God’s name, says the Pope

THE world is grappling with a “homicidal madness which misuses God’s name in order to disseminate death”, Pope Francis has said in a New Year address to the diplo­matic community, in which he has called for peace

World news in brief

World news in brief

Venezuelan archbishop decries state of his nation; Ugandan bishop calls for reconciliation, not retribution; Maori Archbishop dies in office, aged 92; Charleston church killer sentenced to death; Prison sentence for Chinese dissident church leader; UN aid worker convicted of helping Hamas

Beware of the siege mentality

Beware of the siege mentality

Churches are investing in the wrong kinds of security measures, says Nick Tolson

That the 46,000 may be one

That the 46,000 may be one

EACH year, the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, based at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, publishes a one-page summary of the state of world Christianity

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