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UK briefs

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10 April 2015

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Establishment: Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court 

Establishment: Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court 

Lent campaign inspires kind acts

A CHALLENGE for Christians to do one generous thing each day in Lent has led to almost three million acts of kindness, the organisers say. The giving charity Stewardship, which started the campaign, said that 75,000 people took part in the 40acts challenge this year - cleaning off graffiti, writing to prisoners, surprising friends with flowers, and leaving chocolate in gym lockers, among other things. 

Investigation into indecent assault dropped

POLICE in Hampshire have dropped an investigation into a priest, Canon Simon Sayers, who was accused of committing an indecent assault in Islington in the 1990s (News, 30 January). Canon Sayers, the Rector of St James's, Emsworth, and St Thomas à Becket, Warblington, has been told that he will not face any charges. His suspension, announced after he was arrested in January, has not yet been lifted, while the diocese of Portsmouth completes its own investigation. 

NHS worker loses disciplinary case

A CHRISTIAN therapist has lost her employment-tribunal case against her employer, after she was suspended for nine months for discussing her faith with a Muslim colleague. Victoria Wasteney, an occupational therapist at East London NHS Foundation Trust, was accused in February last year of "bullying and harassing" her colleague by praying with her, lending her a book about a Muslim who converted, and inviting her to church (News, 23 January). She appealed against the finding of an internal disciplinary panel, but the employment tribunal has found that the Trust was justified in disciplining her.

Christian counsellors formally recognised

A REGISTER of Christian counsellors has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. It means that counsellors and psychotherapists registered with the Association of Christian Counsellors have been formally recognised as meeting national standards. The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, said that the recognition was "well deserved" for Christians who were putting their "faith into action". 

Bishop joins banking-standards body

THE Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Revd David Urquhart, has accepted an invitation to join a new body set up to improve standards in the banking industry. Announcing the line-up on Thursday of last week, Dame Colette Bowe, who chairs the body, said: "Banks recognise the urgent need to raise their game and build the necessasry momentum for change. It won't happen overnight, and it will be an uncomfortable journey, but the time has come to win back trust."

One World Week appeals for volunteers

ONE WORLD WEEK is seeking volunteers and a national volunteer co-ordinator as it makes a transition to becoming a "virtual organisation" (News, 14 November). The annual Week, started 36 years ago, encourages organisations to hold "local events on global issues". Funded by CAFOD, schools, churches, trusts, and individuals, it is supported by numerous agencies, including Christian Aid and Oxfam. The office will close at the end of April, and the charity will operate through its website. For more information, email oww@oneworldweek.org 

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