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29 March 2012

Taking leave: Ghislaine Howard’s painting Judas: the Departure (2011) is on display at York Minster with her Stations of the Cross, until 15 April GHISLAINE HOWARD

Taking leave: Ghislaine Howard’s painting Judas: the Departure (2011) is on display at York Minster with her Stations of the Cross, until 15 April GH...

MPs vote down assisted-suicide proposal

THE House of Commons on Tuesday evening debated a motion that invited the Government to consult on whether to put guidelines on assisted suicide prepared by the Director for Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, on a statutory footing. Guidance issued in 2010 by Mr Starmer removed terminal illness, disability, and degenerative physical conditions from the list of factors to be taken into consideration in deciding whether or not to prosecute (News, 26 February 2010). The proposal was defeated.

Homeless face accommodation squeeze

CHARITIES warned this week that they are struggling to cope with increasing demand for shelter from homeless people. A survey of 5000 homeless people, carried out by Homeless Link, suggested that the average day centre was seeing a quarter more people each day than in 2010. Eighty per cent of accommodation services surveyed said that they had no empty beds for homeless people. Homeless Link also said that 60 per cent of homeless projects had suffered budget cuts last year. Matt Harrison, interim chief executive of Homeless Link, said: “These findings make unsettling reading. In hard times, we might not be able to stop people from losing their homes, but we should be able to help them get back on their feet.”

Bishop Scott-Joynt ‘making progress’ after stroke

THE former Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Revd Michael Scott-Joynt, was admitted to hospital last week after suffering a stroke. A statement from Worcester diocese, issued on Monday, said: “Although he remains in hospital, the Bishop has made significant progress in the last week. At this time he is still unable to walk and his right hand and arm are out of action, but his speech has improved, and he is described as being in good spirits, ‘determined to make a full recovery’.”

Anti-gay-marriage petition tops 300,000

A PETITION opposing government plans to legalise same-sex marriage (News, 24 February) has attracted more than 300,000 signatures. The petition is organised by Coalition for Marriage. Its director, Colin Hart, said that the level of support “shows just how many ordinary men and women care about this issue”. The petition has been signed by ten serving Church of England bishops, including the Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Revd Tim Dakin, and the Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth.

Please keep praying, footballer’s family asks

THE family of the footballer Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during a match earlier this month, has asked people to “keep him in your prayers”. Mr Muamba, who plays midfield for Bolton Wanderers, is in the London Chest Hospital. After he was taken ill, many players wore shirts with “Pray 4 Muamba” on the front. Comment

Churches welcome alcohol plans

THE family of the footballer Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during a match earlier this month, has asked people to “keep him in your prayers”. Mr Muamba, who plays midfield for Bolton Wanderers, is in the London Chest Hospital. After he was taken ill, many players wore shirts with “Pray 4 Muamba” on the front. Comment

Churches welcome alcohol plans

A COALITION of Churches and charities, including the Church of England, this week welcomed reports that the Government plans to enforce a minimum unit-price on alcohol sales. Ruth Pickles, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, said: “This move will not only save money, but lives.”

A COALITION of Churches and charities, including the Church of England, this week welcomed reports that the Government plans to enforce a minimum unit-price on alcohol sales. Ruth Pickles, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, said: “This move will not only save money, but lives.”

Christian Aid appoints new policy chief

Christian Aid appoints new policy chief

CHRISTIAN AID has appointed Christine Allen as head of its new policy and public-affairs department. Ms Allen is at present chief executive of Progressio, a Roman Catholic development agency, and will move in June. The charity’s director, Loretta Minghella, said that Ms Allen had “a strong track record in organisational leadership and . . . a reputation for effective representation of her agency at the highest levels”.

CHRISTIAN AID has appointed Christine Allen as head of its new policy and public-affairs department. Ms Allen is at present chief executive of Progressio, a Roman Catholic development agency, and will move in June. The charity’s director, Loretta Minghella, said that Ms Allen had “a strong track record in organisational leadership and . . . a reputation for effective representation of her agency at the highest levels”.

Quakers’ loyal address

Quakers’ loyal address

THE Quakers were this week invited to address the Queen, in recognition of her Diamond Jubilee. Joycelin Dawes, who chairs the trustees of Quaker Social Action, read an address to the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. She recalled the Queen’s “speech to the United Nations General Assembly in July 2010”, in which she “reflected on the leadership required in the waging of peace”. It also welcomed the Queen’s “commitment to peace, such as you have shown in relation to Ireland”.

THE Quakers were this week invited to address the Queen, in recognition of her Diamond Jubilee. Joycelin Dawes, who chairs the trustees of Quaker Social Action, read an address to the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. She recalled the Queen’s “speech to the United Nations General Assembly in July 2010”, in which she “reflected on the leadership required in the waging of peace”. It also welcomed the Queen’s “commitment to peace, such as you have shown in relation to Ireland”.

Bishops’ group on sexuality appoints advisers

Bishops’ group on sexuality appoints advisers

THREE advisers have been appointed to the group that will help to brief the House of Bishops on its approach to sexuality, it was announced this week. The group, which was set up in January (News, 6 January), is chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling. The three advisers appointed this week are the Revd Dr Jessica Martin, Priest-in-Charge of Duxford, Hinxton, and Ickleton; Dr Robert Song, head of the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University; and the Ven. Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney.

THREE advisers have been appointed to the group that will help to brief the House of Bishops on its approach to sexuality, it was announced this week. The group, which was set up in January (News, 6 January), is chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling. The three advisers appointed this week are the Revd Dr Jessica Martin, Priest-in-Charge of Duxford, Hinxton, and Ickleton; Dr Robert Song, head of the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University; and the Ven. Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney.

Faith photography competition launched

Faith photography competition launched

THE Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, will be on the judging panel of a photography competition, “Faith Through a Lens”, which intends to show “the positive impact of faith in the community”. The competition, now in its third year, was launched on Wednesday. The judging panel will be chaired by the photo-journalist Don McCullin. The competition was created by the church insurers Congregational & General. www.faiththroughalens.co.uk

THE Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, will be on the judging panel of a photography competition, “Faith Through a Lens”, which intends to show “the positive impact of faith in the community”. The competition, now in its third year, was launched on Wednesday. The judging panel will be chaired by the photo-journalist Don McCullin. The competition was created by the church insurers Congregational & General. www.faiththroughalens.co.uk

Frontier Youth Trust appoints new chief executive

Frontier Youth Trust appoints new chief executive

THE Frontier Youth Trust (FYT), a Christian youth charity, has appointed Dr Alastair Jones, the former youth-work development manager at ALOVE UK, the Salvation Army’s youth arm, as its new chief executive. Dr Jones said: “Never before has there been such an important time to give young people on the edge a voice, and to experience hope that comes from seeing glimpses of the Kingdom of God. I believe FYT can help make that a reality.”

THE Frontier Youth Trust (FYT), a Christian youth charity, has appointed Dr Alastair Jones, the former youth-work development manager at ALOVE UK, the Salvation Army’s youth arm, as its new chief executive. Dr Jones said: “Never before has there been such an important time to give young people on the edge a voice, and to experience hope that comes from seeing glimpses of the Kingdom of God. I believe FYT can help make that a reality.”

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