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UK news in brief

28 November 2014


Fair slice: Sally Barnes, a veteran campaigner, cuts a cake to celebrate the opening of the episcopate to women, at the WATCH AGM on Saturday. Last week, Hilary Cotton (right) said that the group "looks forward to bringing gender justice to fruition"

Fair slice: Sally Barnes, a veteran campaigner, cuts a cake to celebrate the opening of the episcopate to women, at the WATCH AGM on Saturday. Last ...

After Black Friday, Giving Tuesday

THE Church of England is among the organisations that have signed up to #GivingTuesday, an international movement that asks people to give their time, money, or voice to charity on one day, Tuesday 2 December. The idea began in the US in 2012 and gained support from partners including Google and Facebook. In 2013, there were 10,000 partners worldwide, resulting in a surge in donations to charity. www.givingtuesday.org.uk

Green campaign reports success

ALMOST 30 FTSE 350 companies have improved their disclosure and management of greenhouse-gas emissions, as a result of engagement by the Church Investors Group (CIG), the group's annual report suggests. The figure was calculated by academics at the University of Edinburgh. CIG represents 55 institutional church investors.

More HIV clinics for black churches in London

FOUR new HIV-testing clinics have been opened in black churches in the London area, to address the prevalence of the disease among African people living in the UK. The ActionPlus Foundation has established clinics in Southwark, New Cross, Wood Green, and Dagenham. Latest Health Protection Agency figures show that 2.8 people in every 1000 in the UK have HIV. The rate among black-African heterosexuals is 56 in 1000.

Send in your entries. . .

ENTRIES are now being sought for the 2015 Sandford St Martin Awards, which celebrate radio, TV and online productions exploring religious, spiritual, or ethical themes. This year, there is a new award for a children's programme. The deadline is 13 February. www.sandfordawards.org.uk


Correction: Contrary to what was stated in our story about the sale of St John's, Rookhope (News, 21 November), planning permission has not yet been obtained for conversion to domestic use, and also we understand that Mr Shuttleworth had been contacted by the Church Commissioners. We apologise for the error. Editor

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