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Commissioners clarify business rates proposal

Commissioners clarify business rates proposal

CHURCH property is unlikely to be significantly affected by government plans to increase business rates in April, the Church Commissioners have indicated this week. The Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced the first revaluation of rates for seven years while Parliament was still in recess, last Friday

Hundreds of clergy sign up for long-term Ministry study

Hundreds of clergy sign up for long-term Ministry study

LAST month, the Ministry Division began recruiting participants for its own longitudinal study. More than 1000 priests have been con­tacted, with a view to discovering “what enables ministers to flourish in ministry”

Brexiteers’ decision was ‘quixotic’, bishop says

Brexiteers’ decision was ‘quixotic’, bishop says

THE decision of those who voted to leave the European Union has been described as “quixotic” by the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun

Council thwarts Guildford Cathedral’s endowment plan

Council thwarts Guildford Cathedral’s endowment plan

THE future of Guildford Cathedral was thrown into jeopardy last week after long-term plans to sell off a nearby housing development to pay for its upkeep were rejected by the council

Bristol aims to be world’s first ‘transparent' slave-free city

Bristol aims to be world’s first ‘transparent

BRISTOL, once one of the world’s biggest slave ports, has pledged to become the world’s first “trans­parent city”, eliminating all slavery in the city council’s supply chains

Aid called for as thousands face famine in South Sudan

Aid called for as thousands face famine in South Sudan

FAMINE has been formally declared in Unity State, South Sudan: it is the first in the world since 2011. The Archbishop of Canterbury has called on the Church to pray for peace, as aid agencies warn of a narrow window during which aid can be delivered before the rainy season

Church bells to ring out against racism

Church bells to ring out against racism

CHURCH bells will ring out all over the world in defiance of racism and xenophobia on 19 March, as a result of an initiative by the Dean of Waterford, the Very Revd Maria Jansson, at Christ Church Cathedral, in the south-east of the city

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Rather more than a hosepipe ban

Rather more than a hosepipe ban

The international links between dioceses are raising awareness of the effects of climate change overseas, says Huw Spanner  Subscribe to read more

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No longer content to pray, pay, and obey

The Synod’s rejection of the Bishops’ report was the result of shifting power dynamics, says John Saxbee  Subscribe to read more

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Books reviewed this week
Wrestling with the Word: Preaching tricky texts — Kate Bruce and Jamie Harrison

Wrestling with the Word: Preachi...

Martyn Percy relishes sermons that are not afraid to deal with scriptural difficulties

Let There Be Science — David Hutchings and Tom Mcleish

Let There Be Science — David Hut...

Belief in God has always encouraged scientific inquiry, says Adam Ford

Ruin and Restoration: On violence, liturgy and reconciliation — David Martin

Ruin and Restoration: On violenc...

Duncan Dormor on a difficult disciplinary hybrid that can be called socio-theology

Out of the Silence: Memories, poems, reflections — Terry Waite

Out of the Silence: Memories, po...

Martyn Halsall enjoys the literary output of ‘God’s diplomat’

No disciplinary proceedings to follow rapist ordinand Timothy Storey case

No disciplinary proceedings to follow rapist ordinand Timothy Storey case

TWO clergy in the diocese of London who were strongly criticised for safeguarding failures in the case of an ordinand who was a rapist will not face proceedings under the Clergy Discipline Measure (CDM)

Yorkshire restaurant chain backs Christian-Muslim water project

Yorkshire restaurant chain backs Christian-Muslim water project

AN ASIAN restaurant chain in Yorkshire is raising money for a clean-water project, set up by the diocese of Leeds, which seeks to bring Christians and Muslims to­­gether and ease tensions between faith communities

Balloons and seeds: Pentecost initiative launches new resources

Balloons and seeds: Pentecost initiative launches new resources

ORGANISERS hope that at least 80 per cent of the C of E’s churches and cathedrals will take part in Thy Kingdom Come — a global prayer movement compared by the Archbishop of Canterbury to an “avalanche”

Hanging on

Hanging on

St Paul’s Cathedral has launched an appeal to raise £360,000 to restore the bells

Foodbank users to receive extra help

Foodbank users to receive extra help

CHRISTIANS Against Poverty (CAP) and the Trussell Trust have entered into a partnership that will allow foodbank clients to receive help more easily with debt problems, joblessness, and addic­tion

Five-year project and £5m for bats

Five-year project and £5m for bats

HELP could be on the way for churches invaded by bats, after the announcement of a £5-million pro­­ject to investigate the problem

Baptist church ‘raises eyebrows’ with chapel

Baptist church ‘raises eyebrows’ with chapel

IN A rare move for a Baptist church, a small prayer chapel has been included in the £5-million Millmead Centre being built in Guildford, Surrey. The space includes two specially commissioned works by a former member of the community, the sculptor Stephen Owen

Thirteenth-century figure

Thirteenth-century figure

The “Coombes cru­cifix”, a rare fragment of early medieval sacred metalwork acquired by Chichester Ca­thedral

Bishops press ahead after Synod defeat

Bishops press ahead after Synod defeat

THE Archbishops have sketched out how they hope to move forward after the vote against the House of Bishops’ report on sexuality at the General Synod last week

Art of illusion

Art of illusion

A collection of everyday objects, including lampshades, umbrellas, and books, has been suspended on fishing lines from the nave of St John’s, Great Yarmouth, as part of a new exhibition, Suspended between Art, Architecture, and Preservation, which opened on Monday.

Oasis says teaching on sex is damaging health

Oasis says teaching on sex is damaging health

TRADITIONAL Christian teaching on same-sex relationships is perpetuating an epidemic of mental-health problems among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people in Britain, a new report from the Oasis Foundation suggests.

Churches urged to join tree-planting initiative

Churches urged to join tree-planting initiative

CHURCHES in Greater London are being urged to sign up to a tree-planting scheme that seeks to make the capital one of the greenest cities in the world

Royal visit

Royal visit

The Prince of Wales at Holy Trinity, Hull, this month on a visit for the city’s year as UK City of Culture

Rydal Hall project helps recovery

Rydal Hall project helps recovery

A DIOCESAN retreat house is to become home to military veterans and emergency personnel, as part of a project to help in their recovery from addictions

Young refugees to receive support from new project

Young refugees to receive support from new project

A PROJECT to mobilise support in churches for young refugees is coming to Liverpool next month, after a pilot event in Canterbury

Legendary

Legendary

An image of a unicorn, on display at the exhibition “Beasts!” in Durham Cathedral’s new exhibition space, Open Treasure, which opened on Monday

Families failing to benefit from fuel discount, warns Children’s Society

Families failing to benefit from fuel discount, warns Children’s Society

AS many as 2.3 million children from poor families could be missing out on staying warm over winter because their families have not claimed the discounts on their fuel bills they are entitled to.

Protest

Protest

A message urging the UK to cancel its offer of a state visit to Donald Trump was projected onto the side of the Houses of Parliament by the campaign group Global Justice Now, one day before thousands of anti-Trump demonstrators filled Parliament Square

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