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Pray for Trump, but protest, too, says Curry

Pray for Trump, but protest, too, says Curry

THOSE who follow Jesus must pray for Donald Trump as he assumes office, whatever their politics, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, the Most Revd Michael Curry, has said

Both sides take heart from PM’s Brexit speech

Both sides take heart from PM’s Brexit speech

CHRISTIANS who campaigned to Remain and to Leave the EU have issued a cautious welcome to Theresa May’s speech laying out how the Government hopes to conduct the Brexit negotiations

Poll uncovers obstacles for conservative Evangelical women

Poll uncovers obstacles for conservative Evangelical women

Women who hold conservative evangelical views are discouraged from ordination, Madeleine Davies reports

Archbishops repent over Reformation’s lasting damage

Archbishops repent over Reformation’s lasting damage

THE Reformation brought “great blessings”, but also did “lasting damage . . . to the unity of the Church”, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York said in a statement on Tuesday, issued the day before the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sentamu speaks up for the north

Sentamu speaks up for the north

THE north of England must get more money and more power as a result of Brexit, two of the Church of England’s most senior clerics have said

C of E working party sets out a case for acceptable fracking

C of E working party sets out a case for acceptable fracking

FRACKING may be morally acceptable in the UK if the process does not “distract or delay” efforts to expand low-carbon renewable energy, or meet the carbon reduction targets agreed in Paris (News, 18 December 2015), the Church of England has concluded in a briefing paper this week

Blind eye turned as refugees freeze, agencies say

Blind eye turned as refugees freeze, agencies say

REFUGEES in Serbia and Greece are “freezing to death”, and in desperate need of international aid, as temperatures continue to plummet across Southern Europe, Christian Aid has warned

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Holding fast in troubled waters

William Sancroft, born 400 years ago this month, was Archbishop of Canterbury in turbulent times; his period in office included incarceration in the Tower of London. John Tiller tells his story  Subscribe to read more

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Books reviewed this week
‘Perfections’ of grace in Paul

‘Perfections’ of grace in Paul

James Carleton Paget on a re-evaluation of a prominent theme

 

Washed and putting on Christ

Washed and putting on Christ

Henry Wansbrough on a sacrament in the apostle’s teaching

The parish and what it’s about

The parish and what it’s about

Peter McGeary is glad to find a sympathetic book on ministry

 

Forming communities

Forming communities

Graham Cray looks at pioneer ministry

 

UK anxiety levels mount in 2016

UK anxiety levels mount in 2016

PEOPLE in the UK are as happy and fulfilled as they were a year ago, but “uncertainties surrounding governance, the economy, and global security” may have increased national anxiety in this time, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest

Consistory court refuses York bell-ringer’s injunction

Consistory court refuses York bell-ringer’s injunction

THE consistory court of a diocese has no jurisdiction over the ca­­the­d­ral church of the diocese, the Diocesan Chancellor of York ruled when refusing a bell-ringer’s application for an injunction to stop the Dean and Chapter of York Minster from preventing the ringing of the bells for services. Moreover, even in relation to a parish church, the consistory court has no juris­diction over the ringing or non-ringing of the bells

Peal pulls in £4000 to thank air ambulance crew

Peal pulls in £4000 to thank air ambulance crew

A BELL-RINGER who was injured in an accident at his church has repaid the £4000 cost of the air-ambulance flight that took him to hospital

Christian giving

Christian giving

The Priest-in-Charge of the Venerable Bede, Wyther, in Leeds, the Revd Andrew Pearson, this month, donates blood for the 400th time to encourage more people to make blood donations. He has been donating since he was 17. “I now get texts telling me where my blood has

St Hild goes for the ‘St Mellitus effect’

St Hild goes for the ‘St Mellitus effect’

THE magnetic pull of the south on ordinands and curates can be countered by offering them contextual training in churches committed to growth, the Principal of a new training college said this week

Long way from home

Long way from home

A peregrine falcon chick — one of two which hatched on Salisbury Cathedral tower last year — at the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve, Old Wolverton, near Milton Keynes. They were spotted by a wildlife photographer at the reserve, 81 miles from the

Commissioners’ funds boost Evangelical plants

Commissioners’ funds boost Evangelical plants

A FURTHER £9 million has been distributed to dioceses by the Church Commissioners as part of the drive to achieve numerical growth. Church-planting by Evangelical churches, and efforts to address the absence of children from the pews, are among the trends that will benefit from a financial boost

Holy peal

Holy peal

Following a medieval tradition, the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, dedicates, baptises, and blesses two newly recast bells, and re-dedicates ten others, during evensong at Southwark Cathedral, on 9 January

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Archbishop Clarke prays for Stormont; Bishop of Leicester seeks prior for new community; Methodists dismiss Co-op Bank ex-chairman Paul Flowers; Two clergymen in court; Quakers publish their pay ratio; Iona Community urges Israel boycott

 

Welby at Auschwitz reflects on human propensity to evil

Welby at Auschwitz reflects on human propensity to evil

HUMANITY “must protest to the limit against evil — before it occurs, as it happens, and in its aftermath”, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned on his third visit to the former Nazi German concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland

Smuggled migrants ‘are hiding in thick forests’

Smuggled migrants ‘are hiding in thick forests’

PEOPLE-SMUGGLING into Serbia has left hundreds of refugees hiding n forests on the border, where they are vulnerable to attacks by wild animals, infection, murder, rape, kidnap, and plum­met­ing tempera­tures, a Christian Aid partner has reported

Oxfam highlights ‘obscene’ wealth inequality

Oxfam highlights ‘obscene’ wealth inequality

THE RICHEST eight people in the world — all men — are as wealthy as the planet’s 3.6 billion poorest, Oxfam has said, in an analysis of global inequality released to coincide with the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

Changes ‘could damage’ Irish schools’ ethos

Changes ‘could damage’ Irish schools’ ethos

A SO-CALLED “baptism barrier” that favours children from religious families’ gaining entry to faith-run primary schools in the Irish Republic is to be removed by the Education Minister, Richard Bruton, after a public-consultation process announced on Monday

Religious-freedom restrictions on the rise in Russia

Religious-freedom restrictions on the rise in Russia

RELIGIOUS freedom in Russia is under a continued assault, says a new report which reveals a rise in prosecutions under new anti-missionary laws and further requirements on religious communities to apply for state registration

Report calls for Yazidi faith to be respected

Report calls for Yazidi faith to be respected

GREATER understanding of the Yazidi faith, maligned by the “ludicrous” claim of devil worship, is part of the solution to ensuring its survival, a discussion on religious persecution and migration heard on Tuesday

World news in brief

World news in brief

Pakistani PM declares religions’ adherents equal; Egyptian prosecutors dismiss stripped woman’s case;CSI diocese sends help to cyclone victims; Another Mexican priest found dead; Bishops step up efforts to free Fr Uzhunnalil; Prayer sought for victims of ‘wickedness’ in northern Nigeria; Video suggests kidnapped missionary is alive

Improving the future by disturbing the present

Improving the future by disturbing the present

Interim minsters do much more than hold the fort: they can implement lasting change, say Helen Gheorghiu Gould and Peter Hill

A lighter touch in policing memorials

A lighter touch in policing memorials

Churchyard regulators should not prevent grieving families’ choice of gravestone, says Ted Harrison

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