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11 April 2014

Symbols and dances: in Chelmsford Cathedral on Mothering Sunday, stu­dents from Essex Dance Theatre danced a version of the Passion to Per­golesi's Stabat Mater in place of a sermon.

Symbols and dances: in Chelmsford Cathedral on Mothering Sunday, stu­dents from Essex Dance Theatre danced a version of the Passion to Per­golesi's ...

Dr Atkins to step down from Methodist post

THE General Secretary of the Methodist Church, Dr Martyn Atkins, has announced that he will step down in August 2015, when he will turn 60. "Many months of hard work still lie ahead, and the Council can be assured that I intend to continue to undertake my responsibilities as best I can and with integrity, vigour, and passion," he told a meeting of the Methodist Council in Leamington Spa on Saturday.
 

Cambridge given longer for Codex fund-raising

THE deadline for Cambridge University to raise £1.1 million to buy the Codex Zacynthius, an early Christian manuscript, has been extended until the end of August (News, 3 January). The Codex, which dates from the sixth or seventh century, is owned by the Bible Society, which wants to sell it in order to fund a new visitor-centre.
 

New general secretary nominated for URC

THE nomination group of the United Reformed Church has nominated the Revd John Proctor, currently vice-principal of Westminster College, Cambridge, as its next General Secretary. If the General Assembly accepts the nomination, Mr Proctor will be inducted on 6 July. The Revd Roberta Rominger will formally step down as General Secretary on 31 July.
 

Dorset rector believed to have died in boat accident

A RECTOR found dead on a beach in Dorset is thought to have died in a rowing accident. The Revd Bob Thorn, aged 59, the Rector of Bride Valley, was found at Seatown on Monday morning, after his unoccupied boat was found on the beach, prompting a search. On Tuesday, the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, described Mr Thorn as "a remarkable man of incredible determination".

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