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21 September 2011

Don’t give in to atheists, says comedian

THE Archbishop of Canterbury and the comedian Frank Skinner discussed a range of topics before an audience of 800 at Canterbury Cathedral last Friday. Mr Skinner criticised English Anglicans, in particular, for conceding too much ground to the New Atheists, and also lamented the quality of homilies he had heard. He called on churchpeople to rediscover the “magic” of Christianity, and believe in the Virgin birth and the resurrection.

Lawful measures taken to evict badgers

A GATE is being installed on a badger sett by St Remigius’s, Long Clawson, in Leicestershire, to try to remove a family of badgers who dug up graves there. Natural England has given permission for the gate to be installed in the hope that this will prevent the badgers’ returning to their sett adjacent to the churchyard.

British need to be better linguists, says Bishop

THE Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, has bemoaned the stan­dard of language-teaching in the UK. He said that it was “deplorable” and “declining rapidly”, and was leaving the British “impoverished” by their inability to understand other languages. He was speaking in a podcast on the Church of England website to mark the 20th anniversary of the Meissen Agreement between the Church of England and churches in Germany.

Broadcast a hymn? Better ask the DG

JEREMY VINE, the Radio 2 DJ, tweeted this week that he needed authorisa­tion from the Director-General of the BBC to broadcast the hymn “Dear Lord and Father of mankind” on his programme. A BBC spokeswoman said that his tweet was light-hearted, and permission had not been necessary.

Vicar hits high notes in song competition

THE Revd Eva McIntyre, Vicar of Stourport and Wilden, in the diocese of Worcester, has had her song “Too Deep for Words” chosen to feature on a charity CD raising awareness of mental-health issues. The song is one of six entries chosen from hundreds to appear on the Open Minds EP, in a compe­tition run by the organisation Safe Inside — Safe Outside.

Churches to pray round the clock for three months

CHURCHES in Ilkley and Wharfedale, in the diocese of Bradford, have joined together to pray non-stop for the community and surrounding areas for three months. Individuals and families have volunteered to cover slots on a weekly rota for the three-month vigil, which started on Sunday. The Revd Lee Townend, Priest-in-Charge of All Saints’, Ilkley, said that they sought to pray for “God’s richest blessing on every person in the town and valley”, and for healing and wholeness.

New chairman for Joseph Rowntree Foundation

TONY STOLLER, a former chief executive of the Radio Author­ity, has been appointed to the chair the trustees of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. A Quaker, he succeeds Debby Ounsted.

New Methodist hymn book has taken seven years

A NEW authorised collection of hymns and songs for the Methodist Church, Singing the Faith has been published by Hymns Ancient & Modern, which owns the Church Times. The book contains 840 hymns and songs, including 50 canticles and psalms, and has been seven years in the making. www.singingthefaith.org.uk

 

A NEW authorised collection of hymns and songs for the Methodist Church, Singing the Faith has been published by Hymns Ancient & Modern, which owns the Church Times. The book contains 840 hymns and songs, including 50 canticles and psalms, and has been seven years in the making. www.singingthefaith.org.uk

 

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