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Aid is good for the world — and good for us, say party leaders

Aid is good for the world — and good for us, say party leaders

THE leaders of the three main political parties have united in support of the UK’s playing a leading role in providing international aid

Congregations are offered a heap of election guidance

Congregations are offered a heap of election guidance

CHRISTIANS looking for guidance ahead of next month’s election will have no shortage of offers of help, as bishops, charities, pressure groups, and Churches have all produced resources for the last three weeks of the campaign

Irregular Jesmond consecration undermining the gospel, says Evangelical Bishop

Irregular Jesmond consecration undermining the gospel, says Evangelical Bishop

THE consecration of a conservative Evangelical priest as a bishop without permission has been criticised by the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Williams. Such “unilateral actions” do not serve the cause of the gospel and will lead to “further fragmentation”, he said

Religious statistics: 'Nones’ numerous but a committed Anglican core is flourishing

Religious statistics:

THERE are reasons to be hopeful in a new report highlighting high rates of “nonversion” — the loss of people brought up with a religious affiliation to the “no religion” category — its author argued this week

Grandmother’s love of Mothers' Union is now skin deep

Grandmother’s love of Mothers

WHEN Joyce Shelton realised that she had notched up 50 years’ membership of the Mothers’ Union, she decided to mark the anniversary with a visit to a tattoo parlour

C of E urged to pull out of fossil fuels

C of E urged to pull out of fossil fuels

CHRISTIAN AID has challenged the Church of England to disinvest from fossil fuels, after it emerged that the Archbishop of Canterbury was involved in persuading a major investment fund to pull its own money out fossil fuels

Scholars begin to unlock mystery of lead books

Scholars begin to unlock mystery of lead books

A TEAM of scholars has announced that they believe the lead books uncovered in Jordan in 2011 are genuine

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Retreat house is a family affair

Retreat house is a family affair

Christine Miles takes a six-year-old and a toddler on a half-term break to Scargill, and finds that it offers something for everyone  Subscribe to read more

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A joint commitment to our neighbours overseas

To mark Christian Aid Week, the leaders of the three main political parties write exclusively for the Church Times on the importance of international development  Read More

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Books reviewed this week
Who needs the Old Testament? by Katherine Dell

Who needs the Old Testament? by ...

Anthony Phillips on the Hebrew scriptures’ cultured despisers

Jesus by Ed Kessler

Jesus by Ed Kessler

Jonathan Draper finds this Jewish scholar’s insights helpful

The Enemy Within by Sayeeda Warsi

The Enemy Within by Sayeeda Warsi

Richard Harries reads Baroness Warsi’s challenge to policy

Who Killed Hammarskjöld? by Susan Williams

Who Killed Hammarskjöld? by Susa...

Michael Bourdeaux on a Cold War mystery

Election is not just about voting for winners, says Green priest

Election is not just about voting for winners, says Green priest

AN Anglican priest running for parliament in next month’s election has explained how her Christian vocation drove her into politics as well as the priesthood

Historians unearth discarded copy of of first Scottish Independence Treaty

Historians unearth discarded copy of of first Scottish Independence Treaty

A RECENT discovery by historians in York may be seen by some Scots as evidence that English equivocation over Scottish independence is not just a modern-day phenomenon

Chancellor grants exhumation after family feud

Chancellor grants exhumation after family feud

THE consistory court of the diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich settled a family feud when it granted the petition of some members of the family for permission to exhume the cremated remains of one member of the family from the grave where both her parents were buried, in the churchyard of St Mary’s, Polstead

Still time to help train a priest

Still time to help train a priest

THE 2017 Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund appeal ends at Pentecost — so don’t miss the opportunity to give

Top bowling by St Albans and Leeds in latest round of Church Times Cricket Cup   

Top bowling by St Albans and Leeds in latest round of Church Times Cricket Cup 
 

THE 2017 Church Times Cricket Cup competition is well under way

Voyage

Voyage

The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, sailed down the Humber to Hull to rededicate Holy Trinity Church as Hull Minster, on Saturday

Bishop of Derby: Church must respond to slavery

Bishop of Derby: Church must respond to slavery

THE Church must direct its “un­­condi­tional energy” to support those in need towards detecting and pre­venting the brutality of modern slavery, the Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern, has said

Family denied right to exhume remains so graves can stay in 'square' block together 

Family denied right to exhume remains so graves can stay in

THE Consistory Court of the diocese of Oxford refused to grant a faculty for exhumation after —owing to an administrative error — a burial had taken place in a grave reserved for members of a family who wished to keep family burials in a square block in the consecrated part of a cemetery

Churches and Christians in Norfolk are feeding 7000 people a month, survey finds

Churches and Christians in Norfolk are feeding 7000 people a month, survey finds

A SURVEY of all free-food providers in Norfolk has found that churches and Christians groups are feeding at least 7000 people every month

Down the hatch

Down the hatch

Happy revellers at Ripon Cathedral’s annual beer festival, earlier this month

Christians and Jews: ‘Export peace, don’t import conflict’

Christians and Jews: ‘Export peace, don’t import conflict’

A NEW initiative, “Invest in Peace”, launched by the Board of Deputies and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), is an oppor­tunity for Christians and Jews to “export peace rather than importing the conflict” between Israel and Palestine, the Board of Deputies has said

Legend of the 'Pickled Parson' used to promote historic parish

Legend of the

THE legend of a Pickled Parson has been enlisted to boost visitor num­bers at a historic church in north-east England

Think tank Theos calls for creativity in responding to social issues

Think tank Theos calls for creativity in responding to social issues

FAITH-based organisations are “highly motivated” to meet social need, but must adopt more innovative ways of doing so if they are to succeed, the religious and social affairs think tank, Theos, has concluded

Windswept

Windswept

More than a hundred Quakers climbed Pendle Hill, in Lancashire, on Saturday, to protest against fracking. It is an area licensed for fracking. Quakers are calling for fracking to be banned, globally

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Home Office to permit entry to Syrian pastor; Priest’s brother resigns from police after tip-off; Survey to gather experiences of women in the Church

Pope pleads for Church to have ‘heart of children’

Pope pleads for Church to have ‘heart of children’

HUNDREDS of thousands gathered in Fátima, Portugal, to see Pope Francis canonise two of the three shepherd children who claimed to have seen apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the town in 1917, on Saturday

Trio

Trio

The first beatification to have been held in Ireland, that of Fr John Sullivan SJ, was held on Saturday, at St Francis Xavier, Dublin

Sudanese pastor imprisoned for espionage pardoned and freed

Sudanese pastor imprisoned for espionage pardoned and freed

TWO Sudanese men, who were serving 12-year sentences for espionage, received a presidential pardon, and were released, last week

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