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Archbishops propose new way forward on sexuality after Synod reject Bishops’ report

Archbishops propose new way forward on sexuality after Synod reject Bishops’ report

THE Archbishops have sketched out how they hope to move forward following the vote against the House of Bishops' report on sexuality at the General Synod

Hackles rise during pre-Synod manoeuvring

Hackles rise during pre-Synod manoeuvring

THE days before the General Synod debate on same-sex relationships and marriage were increasingly acrimon­ious, as momentum grew behind the call to vote against the “take-note” motion on the Bishops’ report

Synod united in call for action against gambling machines

Synod united in call for action against gambling machines

THE General Synod has unanim­ously called on the Government to take action on Fixed Odd Betting Terminals (FOBTs), sometimes re­­ferred to as “the crack cocaine of gambling” (News, 28 October). They were described by the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, as “an anomaly on the high street”

Welby: Brexit Britain needs the Church

Welby: Brexit Britain needs the Church

THE Church of England must take part in reshaping post-Brexit Britain or risk seeing the country ruined by its current problems, the Arch­bishop of Canterbury has said

MND-sufferer’s blinking eyes convict historical abuse cleric

MND-sufferer’s blinking eyes convict historical abuse cleric

A FORMER chorister who was paralysed by motor neurone disease was able to convict his abuser, using eye-tracking technology, before his death last week, the Metropolitan Police have reported

Church hails ruling on Trump’s ban

Church hails ruling on Trump’s ban

EPISCOPALIANS in the United States have welcomed a ruling by the federal appeals court that blocked the reinstatement of President Trump’s executive order on immigration, which includes a temporary ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspends the refugee admissions programme

Fears in Eastern Europe over Russian ‘toxic cocktail’

Fears in Eastern Europe over Russian ‘toxic cocktail’

THE resignation of President Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, over undisclosed contact with the Kremlin, has added to anxiety in Eastern Europe over the growing influence of Russia

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Contest for the great caliphate

Contest for the great caliphate

Anthony McRoy on competitive jihadism and a response to it

 

An instructive fable
 
 

An instructive fable    

Fiona Hook relaxes with a Christian novel

Fatherly counsels

Fatherly counsels

Simon Ross Valentine reads a progressive Muslim’s manifesto

Reflections for those facing death

FOR the series Bible Readings for Special Times, Rachel Boulding, deputy editor of the Church Times, has contributed Facing Death, a booklet of reflections on scripture and her own experience of having terminal cancer. She has tried to be

Churches condemn child-refugee limit

Churches condemn child-refugee limit

CHURCH leaders have joined the Archbishop of Canterbury in condemning the Government’s announcement last week that only 350 unaccompanied refugee children will be transferred to the UK from Europe

Lottery plaque judged too tasteless for church porch

Lottery plaque judged too tasteless for church porch

THE Chancellor of the diocese of Leicester refused a petition for a faculty to permit the mounting of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) plaque on an inside wall of the porch of St Bartholomew’s, Welby. The church, a Grade II* listed building, had recently been improved by substantial repair works and upgrading with assistance from the HLF

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Memorial exception made for ‘son of the village’

Memorial exception made for ‘son of the village’

THE Consistory Court of the diocese of Blackburn has made an exception to the general principle that living donors should not be commemorated in stained glass or other church artworks

BBC Welsh hymn series celebrates 75 years

BBC Welsh hymn series celebrates 75 years

THE BBC radio series of Welsh hymn-singing, Caniadaeth y Cysegr, is celebrating 75 years on air this month. The show is broadcast on BBC Radio Cymru, on Sunday afternoons

WATCH concerned at figures

WATCH concerned at figures

AN EQUAL number of men and women were ordained last year but women are still “significantly” underrepresented in senior posts, the latest report from Women and the Church (WATCH) has concluded

Record keeping

Record keeping

A crowdfunded project to digitise the catalogue at Pusey House Library, Oxford, has been completed by volunteers

Community rallies after Salford church fire

Community rallies after Salford church fire

A GRADE II-listed church in Salford that was nearing the end of a 10-year make-over, which had cost £750,000, was reduced to a smouldering shell in a suspected arson attack last Sunday night

Gloucester Cathedral faith exhibition vandalised

Gloucester Cathedral faith exhibition vandalised

AN ART exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral, which sparked controversy when it opened with an imam’s singing the Muslim call to prayer, has now been vandalised and items stolen

First Anglican evensong to be held at St Peter’s, Rome

First Anglican evensong to be held at St Peter’s, Rome

ANGLICAN choral evensong is to be celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, in Rome, for the first time in the church’s history, next month. Permission was granted by the Archpriest of St Peter’s, Cardinal Angelo Comastri, during a meeting with the director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, Archbishop David Moxon, who is to preside over the service on 13 March

Welby and Carney talk of God and Mammon

Welby and Carney talk of God and Mammon

REDISTRIBUTING wealth “does not work” in a trickle-down economy dominated by Mammon, the Archbishop of Canterbury has argued. But, should humanity view wealth as a responsibility and gift from God, global inequality may be countered

Architects bid to design monument to prayer

Architects bid to design monument to prayer

A CHRISTIAN businessman and former football chaplain from Leicester has unveiled an ambitious plan to build Britain’s answer to Rio de Janeiro’s famous statue of Christ the Redeemer — a million-brick monument to answered prayer

Same-sex views sought

Same-sex views sought

HALF of those in Britain who identify as Anglicans believe that there is “nothing wrong at all” with same-sex relationships, new data re­­leased to co­­incide with the General Synod’s sexuality debate on Wed­nesday sug­gests

New see for Leicester minorities

New see for Leicester minorities

THE General Synod has given its support to a proposal requesting the creation a new suffragan see of Loughborough to “support and grow” black and ethnic-minority (BAME) Christian communities in the diocese of Leicester

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Scottish Episcopalian Primus to retire; Bell-ringer lowered on winch after freak accident; Dean’s wife takes her ‘ditties’ on the road; Rural churches support start-ups; Bells of York Minister may ring again; Jesuits condemn ‘right to rent’ scheme

 

 

Royal Commission to investigate Tasmanian bishop

Royal Commission to investigate Tasmanian bishop

THE current Bishop of Tasmania, the Rt Revd Richard Condie, has begun a disciplinary investigation into a retired bishop of the see, the Rt Revd Philip Newell, in response to a report issued by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

UN seeks £1.7 billion for Yemeni relief

UN seeks £1.7 billion for Yemeni relief

HUMANITARIAN agencies in the UK and elsewhere have issued urgent appeals for financial donations to the work of caring for millions of people caught up in the war in Yemen

Ukraine situation critical

Ukraine situation critical

A DROP in the intensity of fighting in Ukraine has allowed power to be restored to 16,000 people in Avdiyivka, the town at the centre of the latest clashes between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces

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