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Goddard Inquiry begins to sift through Church’s evidence

Goddard Inquiry begins to sift through Church’s evidence

THE Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has begun a “rapid evidence assessment” as part of its investigation into the Anglican Churches in England and Wales, the Inquiry’s Counsel, Ben Emmerson QC, said this week

Churches in UK put on alert after attack in Rouen

Churches in UK put on alert after attack in Rouen

WHILE prayers and condemnation flooded in from faith leaders, police urged churches to review their security, after a priest was killed in an attack in a church in northern France on Tuesday morning

Chaplains help out as BHS failure hits 11,000 workers

Chaplains help out as BHS failure hits 11,000 workers

AS THE demand grows for Sir Philip Green to be stripped of his knighthood over the failure of BHS, his former employees are wonder­ing how to cope with the conse­quences of the chain’s demise

UN appeals for ceasefire to help reach besieged Syrians

UN appeals for ceasefire to help reach besieged Syrians

THE United Nations has appealed to all sides in the Syria conflict to observe an immediate 48-hour ceasefire, to enable aid to reach tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the besieged northern city of Aleppo

Chains of history 'still bind black men'

Chains of history

“SONS Arise”, a service of celebration and reflection to enable black men to remember and honour their enslaved ancestors, is to be held at Holy Trinity, Birchfield, in Birmingham diocese, on Sunday

Shakespeare re-imagined as liturgy

Shakespeare re-imagined as liturgy

A NEW liturgy based on Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is to be performed at Holy Trinity Stratford, and at St Martin in the Fields, in London, in August, to mark the 400th anniversary year of the playwright’s death

Music and dancing: it’s all on a holiday at a church near you

Music and dancing: it’s all on a holiday at a church near you

CHURCHES across the UK are breaking out the bunting and throwing open their doors this summer to host holiday camps for the elderly

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Divine service with a sense of style

Divine service with a sense of style

In the final instalment of our series on ecclesiastical and vesture, Joanna Jepson argues that vocation and style are not incompatible — for men or women  Subscribe to read more

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Our age needs prophets. Where have they gone?

Paul Oestreicher laments the dearth of Christian leaders who can read the signs of the times, and speak out  Subscribe to read more

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Books reviewed this week
Islington religion in Calcutta

Islington religion in Calcutta

William Jacob recalls a courageous bishop in the subcontinent

 

Seriously, . . . a grand job

A book demolishing recent Archbishops of Canterbury is naïve, says Robin Gill

Between the cradle and cross

Peter Price considers a case for the gospel as social and radical

 

Islamic scripture read like the Bible

Islamic scripture read like the ...

Simon Valentine finds a critical consideration of the Qu’ran timely

Priest resigns then marries gay partner

Priest resigns then marries gay partner

A CHURCH of England priest married his gay partner three days after his resignation, after being warned that he would face disciplinary proceedings if he married while still in post

How churches and charities are riding to the rescue

How churches and charities are riding to the rescue

Madeleine Davies learns how Coventry churches are helping plug the gaps left by cuts in state funding

Leicestershire church wins faculty to install an aumbry

Leicestershire church wins faculty to install an aumbry

THE Consistory Court of the diocese of Leicester reflected on the legality of the reservation of the sacraments when dealing with a petition for a faculty for the installation of an aumbry, which is a small locked cupboard or safe whose principal purpose is the reservation of the sacraments

Bishop urges statehood for Palestine

Bishop urges statehood for Palestine

THE Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has urged the Government to recognise the state of Palestine, in a House of Lords debate on the living conditions of Palestinian children

Organist plays all 94 organs in British cathedrals

Organist plays all 94 organs in British cathedrals

A CHURCH organist was due to set a record yesterday by having played every cathedral organ in England, Scotland, and Wales

Churches to make bid for security cash

Churches to make bid for security cash

CHURCHES and other places of wor­ship at risk from religiously moti­vated hate-crime have eight weeks to apply for Government cash to improve their security, after the announcement of a new fund this week

Hadrian's Wall church is site of first UK Africans

Hadrian

THE home of the first Africans to live in Britain was on the site of what is now a church, a new documentary series will reveal

Headstone ruling forces compromise

Headstone ruling forces compromise

THE Consistory Court of the diocese of Worcester was called on to resolve the question of who, if anyone, had the right or duty to erect a commemorative memorial over the grave of a deceased person

Anthropologist takes up post as Archbishop's reconciler

Anthropologist takes up post as Archbishop

A THEOLOGIAN who specialises in Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations has been appointed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s adviser for reconciliation

Spires could help drones take off

Spires could help drones take off

CHURCH spires could be drafted into a high-tech network of charg­ing stations for autonomous flying deliv­ery drones, the US e-com­merce company Amazon has suggested

Still too poor to buy food

Still too poor to buy food

FOODBANKS are “here to stay”, an Oxford researcher warned last week, as a two-year study that has explored the factors driving people to seek emergency food supplies was published

Have a beer, and do yoga

Have a beer, and do yoga

FIND the church cat, scale the steeple, enjoy a beer festival, give blood, and go skateboarding: just a few of the more surprising suggestions included in “50 things to do in a church” — the latest campaign from the National Churches Trust

Mother-love

Mother-love

A still from a new video installation at St Paul’s Cathedral, by the internationally renowned artist Bill Viola

 

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

New Bishop of Tewkesbury announced; Peterborough Cathedral in ‘cash flow crisis’; United Society changes its name... again; Bishop of Sodor and Man to retire; PBS collates prayers known to Somme’s soldiers

Australian bishop exposes cover-up of serial abuse

Australian bishop exposes cover-up of serial abuse

THE Bishop of Newcastle, New South Wales, the Rt Revd Greg Thompson, has publicly condemned his diocese’s previous handling of sexual-abuse cases, accusing former diocesan personnel of removing documents and covering up serial offending

Children still affected by El Niño in Africa

Children still affected by El Niño in Africa

TENS of thousands of children in the southern regions of Africa are dropping out of school and being forced into early marriage or child labour as a direct result of El Niño, aid agencies have warned in a new report

Iranian is pastor re-arrested

Iranian is pastor re-arrested

AN IRANIAN pastor acquitted of apostasy after being sentenced to death has been re-arrested and charged with “acting against national security”, the religious freedom charity Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CWS) has said

World news in brief

World news in brief

Communion responds to South Sudan’s cry for help; Agencies prepare for ‘devastating’ impact of Mosul action; Agencies prepare for ‘devastating’ impact of Mosul action; South Africa prepares for a decade of discipleship

The 25 best fundraising ideas
Ecclesiastical

Have your church's fundraising cake sales gone stale? Are you struggling to find ways to persuade people to chip in to your roof fund?

Church Times and Ecclesiastical Insurance competition last year brought in dozens of innovative and effective new ways of raising money. Here are the top 25