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Fresh mistrust hampers work to relieve starving Syrians

AFTER the collapse of the seven-day ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia and the United States last week (News, 16 September), the two countries, along with other international powers, are urgently seeking ways of defying the odds and arranging another truce

Welby: don’t count God’s wealth in Monopoly money

THE spirit of St Francis was present in Assisi this week, as Anglican and Orthodox church leaders joined Pope Francis and representatives from other faiths at the small Italian town to pray for peace

Vocations mountain still to be climbed

THE scale of the challenge facing those charged with increasing the number of ordinands by 50 per cent is set out in new statistics published this week

UN global agreement on migration agreed   

A GLOBAL agreement sealed at the United Nations’ New York summit on the refugee and migration crisis is a “breakthrough”, the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, says

UK Churches march and join refugee scheme

WHILE delegates from across the world debated at the UN how to tackle the refugee crisis, charities and politicians closer to home were also grappling with the problem

Declining figures noted with ‘a heavy heart’

AVERAGE Sunday attendance in the Church in Wales has fallen to below one per cent of the population, the Membership and Finance Report said

Rector to undertake 100-mile Everest trek to raise funds

A PRIEST in his sixties who has little experience of trekking sets out tomorrow on a fortnight-long hike through the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp

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Tussle over the
‘Sunday school’

Tussle over the ‘Sunday school’

Andrew Davison on divinity dons and undergraduate tests

Pick your argument

Pick your argument

George Pattison finds philosophical analysis close to real religion

A hand with Bach

A hand with Bach

Edward Wickham on a trustworthy guide

Love well, pray well

Love well, pray well

PRAYERS may be formal or informal, from a set liturgy or extempore. They may be in the form of silence, adoration, confession, thanksgivings, and often they are in the form of requests made to God on behalf of ourselves and others

Archbishop’s XI win the day in nail-biting style

Last week, cricket went interfaith — and to Edgbaston. Stephen Fay was there

‘Your Grace’ receives farewell tributes

THIS was Dr Barry Morgan’s last Governing Body meeting before he retires as Archbishop of Wales at the end of January next year; and it fell to the Bishop of Swansea & Brecon, the Rt Revd John Davies, to lead the tributes

Bishops’ group lacks gay voices, say activists

THE “Bishops’ reflection group on sexuality” which will guide the next stage of the Church of England’s debate on same-sex relations has been criticised for including no openly gay bishops

Not a picnic

Visitors to St Mary’s, Barton, last weekend were in for a big surprise: the church was filled with thousands of bears

New safeguarding policies supported by Church in Wales

THERE will be times when the Church will fail in its care to others, “and we need to do something about that”, the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said, as he introduced the Church in Wales’s new safeguarding policy

Confirmation no longer required for holy communion

ALL baptised people will be admitted to holy communion in the Church in Wales, regardless of whether or not they have been confirmed, the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said

‘Rebound’ improves finances for Church in Wales

THE total value of the Representative Body’s investments had risen by one per cent to £542 million, the deputy chairman of the Church in Wales’s Representative Body, Paul Marshall, said

Lay offices are to be looked into

A MOTION proposed by the St Davids diocesan conference (synod) to remove the upper age limits on churchwardens failed to receive the support of the Governing Body in a clause-by-clause vote

On the up

Schoolchildren gape while visiting Durham Cathedral

Charismatic history in the spotlight

AS WITNESSES to the early days pass on, the time is ripe to study the history of the Charismatic movement, a historian at Wycliffe Hall argued last week, after a conference addressed by international scholars

Young care-leavers ‘affected most by benefit sanctions’

THOUSANDS of young people are being left in “desperate situations” after having their benefits cut or stopped on leaving care, research from the Children’s Society suggests

Champion

A boxing event at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday has raised more than £10,000 for Help for Heroes, which supports injured servicemen and women. The Dean, the Very Revd John Witcombe, said that he allowed the event after “very careful and prayerful

Newton’s church to raise its profile

THE church where Sir Isaac Newton was baptised is to hold a commemoration service as the finale of a five-day festival celebrating the 350th anniversary of his “Annus Mirabilis”, when he made his great scientific discoveries, including the laws of gravitation

Picking up a stone can help Canterbury's glazing

WINNING bidders at an auction in Canterbury tomorrow could walk away with a piece of the city’s medieval cathedral

The tale of inmates’ bags

HANDMADE bags crafted by inmates from Holloway prison are for sale online, in a joint initiative by a church-run charity, Pecan, and a social enterprise, Prosper 4 Business, set up by a former prisoner

Castors on pews get things rolling

IT IS the work of but ten minutes, and some physical effort, to transform the nave of St John the Baptist’s, Littlehempston, into a cinema, zumba class, or dance hall

Foodbank trust makes Harvest plea

HARVEST festival-goers are being encouraged to offer cash in addition to their usual tins of beans and other foodstuffs this year, as part of a national appeal for help from church-run foodbanks

Survivor

A section of a stained-glass window hidden from the Blitz during the Second World War has been found again. The glass, which features the patron saint of Exeter, St Sidwella, was originally part of St...

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