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Commissioners shift investments to protect assets

Commissioners shift investments to protect assets

THE Church Commissioners have sold hundreds of millions of pounds in shares to protect themselves from instability in global stock markets

Queen's Speech sets out plan to better young people's 'life chances'

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THE Government has set out a new post-EU-referendum course focus­ing on key domestic policies, after attracting criticism for its series of U-turns on issues such as schooling and disability benefits in recent months

Prayer Wave brings ‘Purple Wonders’ to St Paul’s

Prayer Wave brings ‘Purple Wonders’ to St Paul’s

THE congregation at St Paul’s Ca­­thedral on Saturday night, at the end of nine days’ “wave of prayer” sum­moned by the Archbishops, de­­parted with a clear mandate: the re-evangelisation of the nation

Diocese backs wind farm despite local opposition

Diocese backs wind farm despite local opposition

A PROPOSAL to construct a wind farm near Bude, in Cornwall, opposed by ten parish and district councils, has won the support of the diocese of Truro’s environment group

Readers celebrate 150 years with an exciting future

Readers celebrate 150 years with an exciting future

AN “EXCITING” future was predicted for Readers — who were not “priests lite”, but specialists in “God-talk” — on the 150th anniversary of the revival of the office

Christian Aid warns of future coastal flooding

Christian Aid warns of future coastal flooding

MORE than a billion people are likely to be exposed to coastal flooding by 2060, through a combination of rising sea-levels, storm surges, and extreme weather patterns, Christian Aid has concluded in a new report

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The great polar survival

The great polar survival

One hundred years ago today, Lionel Greenstreet, a member of Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, was stranded on an island in the Antarctic, unaware that a rescue mission had just begun. Jemima Thackray reports  Subscribe to read more

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A bold but difficult step closer to the Kirk

The Columba Declaration raises tough questions, but is more of a problem for Scottish Episcopalians, argues Andrew Hayes  Read More

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Books reviewed this week
Atheists on to something

Atheists on to something

If Christendom is finished, what next? Keith Ward detects a crisis of confidence


Moralism’s triumph over dogmatis...

Nick Spencer finds this account of the origins of unbelief essential reading

 


The Jews’ path to monotheism

The Jews’ path to monotheism

Recent scholarship is made accessible here, says John Barton


Now for some systematic editing

Now for some systematic editing

Edward Dowler finds a learned text prunable

1st Sunday after Trinity

Proper 4: I Kings 8.22-23, 41-43; Psalm 96.1-9; Galatians 1.1-12; Luke 7.1-10

Nigeria is a country with potential, Welby tells President

Nigeria is a country with potential, Welby tells President

NIGERIA is a country of enormous potential, the Archbishop of Canter­bury said last week at a meeting with the President of Nigeria, Muham­madu Buhari, at Lambeth Palace, shortly after President Buhari had attended an anti-corruption conference in London

Progress is ‘too slow’ on tax havens

Progress is ‘too slow’ on tax havens

THE Prime Minister has missed his big chance to stamp out secrecy in UK tax havens, Christian Aid said last week, at the end of an anti-corruption conference in London

Improve diversity, Trust tells BBC

Improve diversity, Trust tells BBC

THE Sandford St Martin Trust has said that diversity in broadcasting should include “full representation of faith and faith minorities”, in response to the Government’s BBC Charter White Paper, published last week

OFSTED warns of illegal schools

OFSTED warns of illegal schools

HUNDREDS of unregistered schools — many of them faith schools — have sprung up across Britain, putting thousands of chil­dren at risk of “harm and indoc­trination”, the chief inspector of OFSTED, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has warned

Bakers await judgment in cake case

Bakers await judgment in cake case

ASHERS, the Belfast-based Christian bakers who were found guilty of discrimination last year for refusing to ice a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan (News, 22 May 2015), are waiting to hear whether their appeal has been successful

Oxford cricket team return in style

Oxford cricket team return in style

THE 2016 Church Times Cricket Cup competition has got off to a good start, with hard-fought matches in the north-west, an unexpected win for Lincoln, and a decisive victory for Oxford, back after a year’s rest from the competition

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

C of E primary schools receive awards; New group to build ties in Scotland; Churches to be advised on broadband project; Bishop James Jones granted Freedom of Liverpool

On show

On show

The Bohemian crown jewels are on special display in Prague Castle until 29 May, to mark the 700th anniversary of the birth of Charles IV in the city

Puffed up

Puffed up

The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman, pulling carriages of the Cathedrals Express, arrives from Edinburgh Waverley station at Tweedbank, in the Scottish Borders, on Sunday. A tour of the UK is currently under way, following a ten-year restoration of the engine

Yazidis still live in fear in Greek camp

Yazidis still live in fear in Greek camp

After the massacre of Sinjar, Yazidis fled to Europe. As borders closed, an informal refugee camp grew up at Idomeni. Francesco Moises Bassano visited it

Yazidi leaders urge international intervention to protect Iraq’s minorities

Yazidi leaders urge international intervention to protect Iraq’s minorities

“WE are not alone.” This is the message that a group of leaders from Iraq’s Yazidi community will take back to their embattled and displaced people from a visit to the UK last week

Pope agrees to study having women deacons

Pope agrees to study having women deacons

THE Pope has agreed to form a com­­­­­mission to study the question whether there were women deacons in the Early Church

WHO issues first guidelines for FGM health-workers

<span>WHO issues first guidelines for FGM health-workers</span>

THE World Health Organization (WHO) has published its first guidelines to help health workers treat women and girls suffering physical and mental trauma as a result of female genital mutilation (FGM)

Refugee team to enter Rio Olympics

<span>Refugee team to enter Rio Olympics</span>

A YOUNG Syrian refugee, 12-year-old Hanan Dacka, was chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through Brasilia on the first leg of its journey across Brazil

Charity condemns conditions for migrants in Greece

Charity condemns conditions for migrants in Greece

THOUSANDS of refugees who have fled to Greece in recent months have been forced to stay in overcrowded detention centres, in poor conditions, because of the deal struck between the European Union and Turkey, the head of Christian Aid’s humanitarian division, Nick Guttmann, has said

Same-sex blessings put on hold

Same-sex blessings put on hold

A DECISION on the blessing of same-sex couples has been delayed by the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

‘Apathy and nimbyism’ as C of I fails to unite dioceses

‘Apathy and nimbyism’ as C of I fails to unite dioceses

A PROPOSAL to reduce the num­ber of Irish dioceses from 12 to 11 had been withdrawn, it was an­­nounced at the Church of Ireland’s General Synod on Thursday of last week

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