Bishop McCulloch to step down
THE Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd
Nigel McCulloch, who is 70, has announced that he is to retire
after more than a decade serving Greater Manchester and Rossendale,
and 27 years as a bishop. His final service will take place at
Manchester Cathedral on 25 November, although he will remain as
Bishop until 17 January 2013.
New Dean of
Canon John Witcombe (below) of Gloucester Cathedral, is
to be the next Dean of Coventry. Canon Witcombe is currently the
Director of Discipleship and Ministry in the diocese of Gloucester,
and spent seven years as the Dean of St John's College, Nottingham.
He will succeed the Very Revd John Irvine, who stepped down in
Sundays must stay special,
says Labour Minister
ANY extension to Sunday trading hours
must be opposed, the Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna, has
told Churches Update, a Labour Party newsletter. Mr Umunna
spoke out after the Prime Minister said that people wanted to
"reflect on" the results of an extension of trading hours during
the Olympic and Paralympic Games (
News, 17 August). "I hope the current restrictions will stay in
place to protect families, employees, small businesses, and the
rights of people of faith, and to maintain at least some
distinctiveness for Sunday," Mr Umunna said.
Wycliffe Bible Translators' HQ
THE UK headquarters of Wycliffe Bible
Translators, in rural Buckinghamshire, has been put up for sale.
The executive director of the organisation, Eddie Arthur, said that
running the centre, including the conference business, had become
"increasingly complex and onerous", and that the aim now was to
focus on the "core purpose" of Bible translation.
Correction: In his
column last week, Simon Parke wrote that the "global business
empire" of the Unification Church included The Washington
Post. The correct newspaper is The Washington