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UK news in brief

06 September 2019


Aftermath: Shareef Mubashir, caretaker of Ahmadiyya mosque in Galway surveys the damage after a break-in on Sunday. After several incidents in August which targeted Muslims in Ireland, the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, wrote to leaders of mosques in the city, urging all citizens to “stand against prejudice directed against minorities in whatever form they find it and in whatever way they feel they can. Friendship and hospitality march hand in hand with justice and compassion”. See gallery for more UK picture stories

Aftermath: Shareef Mubashir, caretaker of Ahmadiyya mosque in Galway surveys the damage after a break-in on Sunday. After several incidents in August ...


New Bishop of Derry & Raphoe elected

THE next Bishop of Derry and Raphoe will be the Archdeacon of Ardboe, the Ven. Andrew Forster, the Church of Ireland announced this week. He has been Rector of Drumglass (Dungannon), in the diocese of Armagh, since 2007. Previous posts include Chaplain and Dean of Residence at Queen’s University Belfast (1995-2002).


Pensions Board issues lobbying challenge to mining giant

A RESOLUTION requiring the world’s largest mining company, BHP, to suspend membership of trade associations not lobbying in line with the Paris Climate agreement has been co-filed by the Church of England Pensions Board. The director of ethics and engagement for the Board, Adam Matthews, said: “It is essential that lobbying be used as a constructive force and not one designed to delay, divert, and disrupt. We want BHP and other firms to succeed in using positive lobbying to enable and support a regulatory environment, consistent with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.”


Online bullying highlighted by UN poll

ONE third of 170,000 13- to 24-year-olds across 30 countries surveyed for a United Nations report said that they had been victims of online bullying. One in five said that they had skipped school because of it. “Connected classrooms mean school no longer ends once a student leaves class, and, unfortunately, neither does schoolyard bullying,” the executive director of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, said. “Improving young people’s education experience means accounting for the environment they encounter online as well as offline.”


Commission calls for improvements in Birmingham

A CHARITY COMMISSION investigation into the Birmingham Diocesan Trust, the charity that oversees the RC diocese of Birmingham, has highlighted “serious shortcomings” in the charity’s safeguarding governance in the past, of which the trustees “appeared to be either insufficiently aware” or which they “did not adequately address with the pace or in the way expected”. The diocese was a case study in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which found that it was “driven by a determination to protect the reputation of the Church” (News, 21 June). While “significant action” had been taken to improve safeguarding, further improvements were required, the Commission said. 

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Our suburban parish on the border between the London Borough of Croydon and the lovely Surrey countryside and with a spacious modern Rectory, is seeking a Priest-in-Charge (Rector Designate) to lead our church as we seek to fulfil our mission to proclaim Jesus, change lives and serve our community.   We are looking for a leader who, with energy and dynamism, who will develop the vision for the church to enable the children and families work to be a priority in order to grow the church both in numbers and spiritual maturity. In addition, the new person will care and tend for the existing ageing congregation many of whom have ¬faithfully served the church for many years.   The person we are looking for should have: strong communication skills, the ability to engage and encourage people across the age ranges and to convey the church’s mission, vision and priorities; a commitment to preach the Word of God in thoughtful and stimulating ways; an energy and dynamism probably more extrovert than introvert; a pastoral heart, showing empathy and good listening skills, the ability, willingness and experience to help us to develop and enjoy a variety of worship styles, including a wider range of musical worship and a deeper corporate prayer life -whilst recognising and valuing our heritage;   For further information and to apply, please click the 'apply for this job' button below.   For an informal conversation with the Archdeacon of Croydon, please contact the Archdeacon’s PA Kathleen.bailey@southwark.anglican.org to arrange a time for a phone conversation.   Closing Date: Sunday 12 June 2022 Parish Visit for shortlisted candidates: Monday 11 July 2022 Interviews: Monday 11 July 2022   Please note we have a policy in Southwark Diocese that to be appointed to an incumbent status post, a priest must have served a title in an Anglican church in the British Isles.   This post is subject to DBS enhanced disclosure

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