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Kirk backs C of E deal, after Welby apology to SEC

Kirk backs C of E deal, after Welby apology to SEC

THE General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has approved the joint Columba Declaration with the Church of England, after hearing the Archbishop of Canterbury apologise personally for the pain felt by the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) about the agreement

Church of Scotland overwhelmingly backs remaining in European Union

<span>Church of Scotland overwhelmingly backs remaining in European Union</span>

THE General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted overwhelmingly to support staying in the EU, in the run-up to the referendum next month

Church contains hardly any converts, report suggests

Church contains hardly any converts, report suggests

ONLY two per cent of Anglicans in England and Wales are converts, a new study suggests

Songs of Praise gives fans the chance to sing at Wembley

<em>Songs of Praise</em> gives fans the chance to sing at Wembley

RUGBY fans are to be given the chance to join a choir that will lead the crowd in singing “Abide with me” before the kick-off of the Challenge Cup Final, on 27 August, at Wembley Stadium

What girls are bringing to the choir party

What girls are bringing to the choir party

They now sing in most cathedrals, but the approaches vary widely. Madeleine Davies reports

Dr Sentamu completes pilgrimage of witness

Dr Sentamu completes pilgrimage of witness

The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, this week completed a six-month pilgrimage of prayer, witness, and blessing around York diocese

Bishops told to repent on abuse issue

Bishops told to repent on abuse issue

A MAN who was abused by two senior Church of England clergyman has demanded that senior bishops make public statements of “repentance” because of what he says is their failure to act quickly on safeguarding reform

Gay marriage permitted for Church of Scotland ministers

<span>Gay marriage permitted for Church of Scotland ministers</span>

MINISTERS in the Church of Scotland can now enter into same-sex marriages, after the General Assembly voted to extend the ruling that permitted their contracting civil partnerships

Exeter DAC to discuss ‘princess’ grave

Exeter DAC to discuss ‘princess’ grave

A BEREAVED mother has set up an online petition after the diocese of Exeter refused permission for a headstone in the design of a princess’s castle to be placed over the grave of her daughter, Alycia McKee

Confusion over apologies in Jersey safeguarding case

Confusion over apologies in Jersey safeguarding case

TWO apologies were issued this week about the safeguarding row on Jersey, sparking further disagreement within the Church of England

Bells to ring for cancer campaign

<span>Bells to ring for cancer campaign</span>

CATHEDRALS around the world have responded to the plea of a churchgoer in East Sussex to ring their bells on 25 June, to raise awareness of the blood cancers from which she and others suffer

Sing to the Lord a new translation

Sing to the Lord a new translation

New translations of the Bible are most “optimal” when they set its poetry to music, research published in Open Theology suggests

Lichfield make an impressive start

Lichfield make an impressive start

LICHFIELD, Church Times Cricket Cup finalists in four of the past six seasons (and winners once), have lost none of their polish, winning each of their two matches by nine wickets

‘We have learned how to do racism’

‘We have learned how to do racism’

ANTI-SEMITISM is the thousand-year-old original sin of British racism, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said

Teachers strike over proposed school closures

Teachers strike over proposed school closures

TEACHERS at two Church of England schools in East Sussex walked out on Wednesday in protest at plans to close their schools

Church concerns raised over HS2 route exhumations

<span>Church concerns raised over HS2 route exhumations</span>

THE House of Lords Select Com­mittee on the proposed High Speed Two (HS2) rail link between Lon­don and the West Midlands will hear a petition from St Pancras Parish Church, in London, later this year, over works at St James’s Gardens

Norman church restored after fire

Norman church restored after fire

A VILLAGE church that has served its rural community for almost a millennium has reopened two years after it was devastated by fire

Evangelicals object to bishops’ appointment

Evangelicals object to bishops’ appointment

THE appointment of a bishop from the Episcopal Church in the United States in the diocese of Liverpool has provoked a complaint from conservative Evangelicals

Bishop condemns Yorkshire fracking decision

Bishop condemns Yorkshire fracking decision

A RETIRED Bishop has condemned a decision by county councillors this week to approve fracking near the North Yorkshire village of Kirby Misperton, in Ryedale

Goal is still unity ‘but not quite yet’

Goal is still unity ‘but not quite yet’

“FULL visible unity” remains the goal for the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches, despite a longer timescale than was “over-optimistically” estimated in the 1960s, an Anglican bishop said this week.

The Bishop, the Rt Revd Christopher

Relic of St Thomas Becket returns to England

<span>Relic of St Thomas Becket returns to England</span>

ALMOST translucent, and the size and shape of a broad bean, a fragment of bone from the elbow of St Thomas Becket rested on the high altar at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday after more than 800 years abroad and a journey of 1000 miles

Messy conference draw hundreds to Herts

Messy conference draw hundreds to Herts

A FIRST international conference about Messy Church has drawn hundreds of supporters from 12 countries and many denominations.

The Archbishop of Canterbury recorded a video message for the event, held this month in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire: “Messy Church is a

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

+Durham warns of ‘scepticism’ about powerhouse promise; Calls to scrap two-tier system ‘leaving missing children at risk’; Relaunch for PGDip in parish church studies at York; Archbishop conducts live Facebook Bible study; New church for young people in Nottingham; Housing Justice to open branch in Wales; Longer half-terms for cheaper holidays trialled at C of E school

'God’s Own Country'

“God’s Own Country” - the biggest show garden at RHS Chelsea this year - was inspired by the great east window of York Minister. The colours of the stained glass are reflected in the planting of the garden, and in two panels of coloured glass. Veterans from the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, in Ca...

Rome summit sees moral potential in business world

Rome summit sees moral potential in business world

THE fight against poverty, migra­tion, and human suffering is “not merely a technical economic prob­lem, but above all a moral one”, the Pope has said. The refugee crisis must, therefore, be handled both practically and ethically, and in a political, social, and economic con­text

Melbourne Anglicans offer help after Geelong mosque fire

<span>Melbourne Anglicans offer help after Geelong mosque fire</span>

ANGLICAN leaders in Melbourne diocese have offered aid to Muslims in Geelong, Victoria, after a mosque was destroyed by fire this week

Be fairer to Assad, Syrian cleric urges

Be fairer to Assad, Syrian cleric urges

“ONE-SIDED” Western media re­­ports on Syria must be chal­lenged, to convey the suffering of Chris­­tians and the protection af­­forded by President Assad, the Presid­­ent of the Armenian Evan­gelical Com­mun­­ity of Syria said last week

Agencies have mixed response to Istanbul summit

<span>Agencies have mixed response to Istanbul summit</span>

CONVENED in response to the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War, but criticised within the aid sector as a “fig leaf of good intentions”, the World Humanitarian Summit gathered this week in Istanbul

Jesus’s baptism site to be cleared of landmines

Jesus’s baptism site to be cleared of landmines

THE site of Jesus’s baptism is to be cleared of landmines, enabling pilgrims to visit churches confined behind barbed wire for decades, it was announced this week

Birmingham rector wins Indian award for HIV work

<span>Birmingham rector wins Indian award for HIV work</span>

A RECTOR in Birmingham has been honoured as one of India’s greatest expats for his charitable work in seeking to end the stigmatisation of people with HIV

World news in brief

World news in brief

Central African NGOs unite across faiths; Bishop speaks out on political violence in Zambia; Archbishop Tutu’s daughter resigns licence

Built for size

Built for size

PHOTOGRAPHS of megachurches in the United States by the Californian artist Lisa Anne Auerbach, currently exhibited in “Wasteland: New Art from Los Angeles”, at the Mona Bismarck American Center, 34, avenue de New York, Paris, until 17 July. The project should be viewed in the context of the US presi...

Rescue

Rescue

Amina Ali Nkeki, 19, who was found in Nigeria, nursing her four-month-old baby two years after she had been kidnapped by Boko Haram, meets the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, last week. She was captured with 275 other girls in a school in Chibok in

Prayer Wave brings ‘Purple Wonders’ to St Paul’s

Prayer Wave brings ‘Purple Wonders’ to St Paul’s

THE congregation at St Paul’s Ca­­thedral on Saturday night, at the end of nine days’ “wave of prayer” sum­moned by the Archbishops, de­­parted with a clear mandate: the re-evangelisation of the nation

Readers celebrate 150 years with an exciting future

Readers celebrate 150 years with an exciting future

AN “EXCITING” future was predicted for Readers — who were not “priests lite”, but specialists in “God-talk” — on the 150th anniversary of the revival of the office

Diocese backs wind farm despite local opposition

Diocese backs wind farm despite local opposition

A PROPOSAL to construct a wind farm near Bude, in Cornwall, opposed by ten parish and district councils, has won the support of the diocese of Truro’s environment group

Nigeria is a country with potential, Welby tells President

Nigeria is a country with potential, Welby tells President

NIGERIA is a country of enormous potential, the Archbishop of Canter­bury said last week at a meeting with the President of Nigeria, Muham­madu Buhari, at Lambeth Palace, shortly after President Buhari had attended an anti-corruption conference in London

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