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Italian earthquake: death toll continues to rise

TOWNS and villages in central Italy have been reduced to rubble as the result of a 6.2 Magnitude earthquake which struck in the early hours on Wednesday. Government officials on Thursday morning said that at least 274 people had been killed.

C of E investors join call to ratify Paris climate deal fast

THE Church Commissioners and the Church of England Pensions Board have thrown their weight behind a call from investors for the Paris climate change deal to be implemented as soon as possible

Lutherans tie the knot for Anglican in Copenhagen

PREPARING to marry at the Church of Our Lady, the Lutheran cathedral in Copenhagen, this month, Nigel Rowley had felt nervous that its vast space would feel a little empty. When the doors opened, he saw the pews full of people, including many from his church St Alban’s, there to support him and Mikel Lindbæk, who is now his husband

Salvation Army reports five-fold increase of rescued slaves

THE number of people supported by the Salvation Army after being rescued from slavery has increased five-fold in five years

Churches rally to assist flooded Louisiana

A HUGE recovery-operation is under way in the US state of Louisiana, huge swaths of which have been affected by devastating floods, which killed 13 people and damaged at least 60,000 homes

Huge rise in entries for Religious Studies A level

THE steady rise in the popularity of Religious Studies as an A level continued this year with almost 25,000 RS entries, an increase of 6.8 per cent on last year

Bid to install padded chairs squashed by Court

A MEDIEVAL listed church in Warwickshire has been told it cannot replace its pews with modern padded chairs as an “overly casual appearance can be incompatible with a house of God”

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Where the track leads from Rio

Where the track leads from Rio

As the Olympic participants head home from Rio, Nick Watson explores the growing relationship between sport and the Churches  Subscribe to read more

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A Broadway guide to the narrow way

Christians could learn much from a revolutionary musical sensation, argues Rachel Mann  Subscribe to read more

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Bid to install padded chairs squashed by Court

Sat 27 Aug 16 @ 14:39
Huge rise in entries for Religious Studies A level

Books reviewed this week

Guide and tool-kit

Matt Bullimore enjoys a ‘gem’ of a book on plumbing the depths of scripture

Core myth of the Bible is deliverance

Core myth of the Bible is delive...

Anthony Phillips on an important analysis of the truth of Bible facts and narratives


Uncomfortable words

Uncomfortable words

Little UK help goes to those who ask for it, says Pat Ashworth

Diocese of St Albans offers advice on writing gender-neutral job ads

LOOKING for an “able and visionary priest” who can “manage the parish through a process of change”? Prepare to restrict the numbers applying for the job

Britain’s tolerant reputation is under threat, EHRC reports

THE spike in racist hate crimes after the EU referendum has revealed just how entrenched racial inequality is in British society, the equalities watchdog has said

Highlanders found in mass grave near Durham Cathedral to be reburied

THE remains of 17th-century Scottish soldiers discovered in a mass grave near Durham Cathedral will be reburied close to where they were found, despite a campaign to have them returned north of the border

Wallsend church hosts puppet therapy for Syrian children

PLASTICINE and pipe-cleaners might not be obvious items to include on a shopping list for new arrivals to the UK, but they brought joy to Syrian children and their parents in Wallsend last week, as part of a project that uses puppetry as therapy

A new Bede’s World will open

BEDE’S WORLD, the Anglo-Saxon museum and farm celebrating the life and work of the Venerable Bede (672-735), has been saved from permanent closure

Desecration in Norwich

Desecration in Norwich: the PCC secretary of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, Colin Pordham, next to the church’s First World War memorial, from which a bronze crucifix has been stolen

News in brief

Dr Morgan to retire next January; New Dean of Wells named; Volvic jettisons Orange slogan; Students pass vergers qualification; Drone surveys of churches funded by Lottery Fund; Charity seeks ‘lovingly named’ animals’ photos

Gold medallist claims his 400m victory for Jesus

A STAR of the Rio Olympics was Wayde van Niekerk, who won gold for South Africa in the men’s 400 metres, and shattered Michael Johnson’s 1999 world record. With an easy smile and a relaxed attitude to the media, Mr van Niekerk, little known outside athletics before the Games, won hearts around the world

Spiritual meaning can be a buffer, disaster research finds

BEING able to derive meaning from loss after a natural disaster can protect people from post-traumatic stress, a study from the US suggests.

Face up to atrocities of past wars, says Irish President

ATROCITIES carried out against citizens and families of different faiths by opposing factions in Ireland’s Civil War (1922-23) must not be forgotten as the country embarks on a series of commemorations marking the War of Independence and the ensuing civil conflict between pro- and anti-Treaty forces, the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, said on Sunday

China’s ban on crosses is extended to hospitals

A GOVERNMENT campaign to remove crosses from the rooftops of an area of China once described as “China’s Jerusalem” for its concentration of Christians, has now been extended to hospitals

Helping El Salvador’s street children

UNTIL she picked up a book for 20p in an Oxfam bookshop in 1985, Bron Sloan knew almost nothing about El Salvador. Within a year she was flying into the country, then caught in the grip of a civil war, determined to help the children living on its streets

Anti-Islam stunt disrupts service at outspoken Australian church

AN ANTI-ISLAM group dressed in mock-Muslim clothes disrupted a service at the Anglican church in Gosford, north of Sydney, on Sunday morning

World news in brief

Norway’s state Church suffers online exodus; Nigerian Church opens centre to care for Boko Haram victims; Stop killing indigenous Brazilians, says country’s Anglican Church; UK freezes support for World Vision in Gaza after aid worker arrest;

God moments at the Olympics

The United States runner Abbey D’Agostino and her New Zealand counterpart Nikki Hamblin express affection while the former is taken from the finishing line of the 5000m race in a wheelchair

Sudanese pastors facing death penalty appear in court

THREE Sudanese Christians charged with multiple offences, two of which carry the death penalty, appeared in court on Sunday

Doesn’t God want you to change for the better?

Personal development, a vital concern, incurs too much Christian suspicion, to the detriment of mission, says Mark Vernon

A Broadway guide to the narrow way

Christians could learn much from a revolutionary musical sensation, argues Rachel Mann

The 25 best fundraising ideas

Have your church's fundraising cake sales gone stale? Are you struggling to find ways to persuade people to chip in to your roof fund?

Church Times and Ecclesiastical Insurance competition last year brought in dozens of innovative and effective new ways of raising money. Here are the top 25