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UK news in brief

27 February 2015


Students query Lord Carey's photograph

STUDENTS from King's College, London's LGBT Liberation Association want the university to take down a picture of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, from the outside of the campus building because of his remarks on gay relationships. Lord Carey told Conservative activists in 2012 that homosexual relationships should not be put on the same level as heterosexual ones. The association's leader, Ben Hunt, told the campus newspaper Roar that he had had a meeting with the Principal of King's, who agreed that the alumni represented outside the building needed to be "refreshed". King's has denied that it has plans to remove any of the images as part of a proposed redevelopment of their Strand campus.

Welby appointed investment adviser

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has been named as a key adviser on responsible investment for an asset-management firm, F&C Investments, which in 2013 managed £83 billion of assets. The Archbishop will chair its newly formed Responsible Investment Advisory Council: six experts on financial ethics, who will advise the company.

Survey suggests Hebdo-attack sympathies

MORE than one in four British Muslims can sympathise with the motives of the terrorists who attacked the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people, according to a new poll on behalf of Radio 4's Today programme. Twenty-seven per cent of the 1000 Muslims surveyed said that they could understand the motives that drove the killers, and 24 per cent believed that acts of violence were sometimes justified against people who published offensive images of the Prophet Muhammad. Eighty per cent said they were deeply offended when images of the Prophet Muhammad were published. 

Large bequest for Sherborne Abbey

A FORMER Royal Navy commander, Vincent Evans, has left his entire estate, worth nearly £2 million, to Sherborne Abbey. Commander Evans, who died in November, aged 90, without any children, was a member of the Abbey's choir. His bequest was left to the PCC, with no restrictions. Commander Evans became a chartered marine engineer after graduating from Cambridge. He retired from the Navy in 1976. His obituary on his former school's website (Merchant Taylors) described him as "a perceptive, talented and generous man who lived life fully, his Christian faith his guide throughout". 

Micro-finance award for Archbishop's initiative

A MICRO-FINANCE initiative founded by the former Archbishop of Tanzania, the Most Revd Donald Mtetemela, has won an award for helping people out of poverty through the use of mobile phones. Archbishop Mtetemela's organisation, the Mama Bahati Foundation, collected its award for innovation in sustainability at the House of Commons earlier this month. The foundation offers small loans to small African businesses via their mobile phones, which frees them from the risk of carrying around cash.

Correction: In our General Synod coverage (20 February) we misreported a contribution by Anne Martin to the debate on multi-parish benefices. She praised the report Growing the Rural Church for the acknowledgement it gave to the importance of ecumenical partnerships. Her criticism of a lack of ecumenical focus was reserved for the task-group reports. Our apologies.

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