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Visits to Bell’s palace were my girlhood ordeal, paper told

Visits to Bell’s palace were my girlhood ordeal, paper told

THE survivor who raised allegations of sexual abuse by a former Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd George Bell, has given her account in public for the first time

Government revives plans to extend Sunday trading

Government revives plans to extend Sunday trading

PLANS to extend Sunday trading have been revived by the Government, despite the opposition of trade unions and churches, through an amendment to the Enterprise Bill

Mission targets C of E barriers to gay clergy

Mission targets C of E barriers to gay clergy

SAME-SEX marriage in churches, and full access to all three Holy Orders for those in such marriages, are among the goals of a new mission calling for “the full acceptance and affirmation of LGBTI people” in the Church of England

Archbishops launch evangelism week of prayer

Archbishops launch evangelism week of prayer

ALL serving clergy in the Church of England will soon receive a letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York asking them to take part in a week of prayer for evangelism at Pentecost.

Muslim converts find they are ‘suspect’

Muslim converts find they are ‘suspect’

BRITISH men who convert to Islam are often targeted by the security services, a report from the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge said this week

Syrian political solution still needed, say charities in response to record aid pledges

Syrian political solution still needed, say charities in response to record aid pledges

BLANKETS will not stop bombs, Christian Aid has warned, at the conclusion of a conference that has secured $10 billion (£7 million) of pledges in humanitarian aid for victims of the Syrian crisis

Mediators call off Syria talks after two days

Mediators call off Syria talks after two days

THE United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has suspended intra-Syrian talks in Geneva to end five years of bloody warfare

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Listen to the Spirit - on the bus

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Not only dancing in the aisles

Not only dancing in the aisles

From skateboarding to real ale, churches are being used to engage with their localities in ever more imaginative ways. Pat Ashworth reports  Subscribe to read more

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Who were Shakespeare’s friends and family? His neighbours and his rivals? His fellow actors and collaborators?

Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells, Michael Wood and Carol Rutter bring to life Shakespeare’s life and times through the stories of the people who were closest to him.

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Books reviewed this week
Going about doing good in Prishtina

Going about doing good in Prishtina

Things snowballed for a questioning visitor, says Caroline Bowder

Stored in the cloud (1)

Stored in the cloud (1)

Adam Ford reflects on faith and the brain

Something more than busybodies

Something more than busybodies

Fraser Dyer evaluates two contemporary spiritual prescriptions

Empowering black Christians

Empowering black Christians

Christopher Landau considers a call to ‘exorcise’ the Church

Church in Calais 'Jungle' demolished

Church in Calais

A CHURCH and a mosque in the “Jungle” camp in Calais were bulldozed by the French authorities on Monday morning.

New Wine leader under investigation

New Wine leader under investigation

THE leader of the Evangelical network New Wine, the Revd Mark Bailey, has resigned, and has “stepped back” from his parochial ministry in Cheltenham, as a result of an investigation under the Clergy Discipline Measure.

Church research advises smiling to bring in visitors

Church research advises smiling to bring in visitors

A FRIENDLY welcome, and a lavatory were the best ways to get people to visit a church, a survey published this week has suggested.

Commissioners agree extra £72.7m for mission

Commissioners agree extra £72.7m for mission

TWO key committees have agreed to mine the Church Commissioners’ reserves to find £72.7 million to help fund growth in the Church of England.

Authors of Columba Declaration seek to clarify its aims

Authors of Columba Declaration seek to clarify its aims

THE contentious agreement between the Church of England and the Church of Scotland is not intended to draw Anglicans in Scotland away from the Scottish Episcopal Church, its authors have insisted

Synod asked for views on amended vesture canon

Synod asked for views on amended vesture canon

THE CLERGY could be permitted to “depart on a general basis” from wearing wear robes or vestments for Sunday services if a possible amendment to Canon B8 contained in a consultation paper from the House of Bishops, circulated to General Synod members, is adopted

OFSTED chief: church schools are crucial to transmitting good morals

OFSTED chief: church schools are crucial to transmitting good morals

IT IS vitally important for Christians in Britain to stand up for their faith, the Chief Inspector of Schools and head of OFSTED, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has told teachers. Sir Michael said that Christians in the UK were confronted with rising intolerance from secularists at home, while...

London landmarks to be Stations of the Cross

London landmarks to be Stations of the Cross

THE Passion of Christ will be retold this Lent through a unique exhibition of religious artwork in landmark venues across central London

DfE seeks to push reforms at diocesan roadshows

DfE seeks to push reforms at diocesan roadshows

A DRAFT of the new Memorandum of Understanding between the Government and the Church of England Education Office is to be presented to diocesan directors of education (DDEs) this month, at a series of “roadshows” planned by the Department for Education

LGCM looks back on 40 years

LGCM looks back on 40 years

“THOSE involved in organising local Groups will often stop to wonder what the Group is achieving and whether the world would be poorer if it ceased to exist.” So reads the introduction to the Nottingham Gay Christian Movement Group newsletter

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Religion can make you happier, ONS figures suggest; Cloisters of Westminster to become Gucci catwalk; Group warns over human-embryo decision; Dons seek end to fossil-fuel investment; Vicar criticises Muslim politician for ‘insulting Christians’; Vicar warns over alms boxes after thieves jailed

Third Way to close

Third Way to close

On Wednesday, Hymns Ancient & Modern, the charity that owns the Church Times, announced the closure of Third Way, another of its periodicals.

Baptismal gift

Baptismal gift

Baptismal gift: a new hand-carved font takes its place in Exeter Cathedral. The 26-inch Gothic-inspired font in Purbeck Blue Stone was made by the Salisbury Cathedral works’ team, and was handed...

Barred

Barred

Barred: the Vicar of St David’s and St Michael and All Angels, Exeter, the
Revd Thomas Honey, has installed locked iron gates at the entrance of the
church to stop couples having sex on the steps

Royal Commission probes paedophile allegation

Royal Commission probes paedophile allegation

PAEDOPHILE activity in the Church of England Boys Society in the 1970s and ’80s is the focus of hearings currently being held in Hobart, Tasmania, by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Idowu-Fearon suggests pro-gay US Church has put others in Communion at risk

Idowu-Fearon suggests pro-gay US Church has put others in Communion at risk

THE Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion, the Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has told Episcopalians in the United States that he is “inspired” by the way that they defend the rights of gay people, but that their decision on same-sex marriage has put other Churches in the Communion at risk

Rwanda hits poverty with family focus

Rwanda hits poverty with family focus

A DEVELOPMENT scheme that has seen thousands of families in Rwanda pulled out of poverty without spending a penny of foreign money has been praised in a UK tour by two African Archbishops

World news in brief

World news in brief

Chinese church leader arrested in cross crackdown; Men and women to pray side-by-side at Wailing Wall; Anglican bishops speak out as South Sudan conflict worsens; SAT-7 television equipment returned by police after raid; Coptic teenagers to stand trial in Egypt for ‘insulting Islam’

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