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US Christians are suffering from ‘too much’ politics

US Christians are suffering from ‘too much’ politics

POLITICS is doing “great spiritual harm” to the lives of American people, a former faith adviser to Barack Obama told a congregation in St Stephen Walbrook, in the City of London, this week. They have aligned their identity too closely

Trussell retiring chairman ‘optimistic’ about political climate

Trussell retiring chairman ‘optimistic’ about political climate

IN HIS 12 years at the Trussell Trust, Chris Mould has seen a single food­bank expand to more than 400, warned of “scandalous” levels of hunger, and endured the wrath of Iain Duncan Smith, who, when he was Work and Pensions Secretary, accused the charity of “scare­monger­ing”

Bag-for-life baby mourned by priest

Bag-for-life baby mourned by priest

THE priest who discovered a new­born baby boy in a plastic “Bag for life” outside his vicarage last week has led prayers for the child, who died shortly after being found

Everyone in rural areas is hit hard by decline, says Bishop of Truro

Everyone in rural areas is hit hard by decline, says Bishop of Truro

THAT poverty exists in rural areas is “not at all surprising”, the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton, said in a recent Church of England podcast on rural poverty

Concerns for Dean Taylor raised in Parliament

Concerns for Dean Taylor raised in Parliament

CONCERNS about the treatment of the Very Revd Charles Taylor, who stood down as Dean of Peterborough in October (News, 7 October), have been raised in Parliament

A good measure

A good measure

The Bishop of Dunwich, Dr Mike Harrison, visits the BASIC (Business and Service in Christ) Life Community Pop-Up Shop in St Edmund’s, Felixstowe, this week

Chartres: we are building churches

Chartres: we are building churches

THE Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, has said that his diocese has run out of churches and is building new ones to cope with demand. He made his comments after the consecration of Britain’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral, on Thursday of last week, in Acton, west London

Cathedrals get £5.4m war grants

Cathedrals get £5.4m war grants

GRANTS totalling £5,423,000 have been awarded for essential repairs to 18 Anglican and six Roman Catholic cathedrals, from a government fund established to ensure that they were ready to undertake events marking the centenary of the First World War

Executive-pay plans given guarded welcome by campaigners

Executive-pay plans given guarded welcome by campaigners

GOVERNMENT plans to push companies to be more transparent about executive pay have been welcomed by the Church Commis­sioners

Prisons bishop calls for action after suicide report

Prisons bishop calls for action after suicide report

DATA that suggests that more than 350 prisoners in the UK have died as a result of suicide in the past four years is “deeply disturbing” and “dreadful” for prison staff and families, the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd James Langstaff, has said

Out in force

Out in force

Mothers’ Union members marched to Downing Street last Friday, to deliver a petition signed by 4500 supporters, calling on the Government to ensure that victims of domestic abuse are exempt from charges for using the statutory Child Maintenance Service

Ecclesiastical lauded for sex-case response

Ecclesiastical lauded for sex-case response

THE way in which the Ecclesiastical In­­surance Group deal with claims related to physical and sexual abuse has been praised this week at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)

Conservative Protestantism and church growth go together, says Canadian researcher

Conservative Protestantism and church growth go together, says Canadian researcher

CANADIAN academics have con­cluded, in contrast with research published by the Archbishops’ Council, that theological differences matter for church growth

Human rights are a vehicle for inequality, say lobbyists

Human rights are a vehicle for inequality, say lobbyists

A REPORT on religious liberty in the UK has warned that “the language of rights and equality” is no longer “synonymous with the language of justice and goodness”

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Survey suggests gap in expertise on child abuse; New Dean of Blackburn announced; Online editor joins Lambeth Palace team; James Purnell to lead BBC religious broadcasting; Children’s financial-education project launched; Odeon cinemas to open on Christmas Day

Reformed

Reformed

Murals in the Guild Chapel in Stratford-upon-Avon, which were covered up in 1563 by John Shakespeare, the father of William, undergo a £100,000 restoration

Cadbury’s new fairtrade scheme seen as a fudge

Cadbury’s new fairtrade scheme seen as a fudge

CADBURY is facing criticism after pulling out of the Fairtrade scheme in favour of its own sustainability programme, Cocoa Life

Church concert robbed

Church concert robbed

A CHOIR has launched an appeal after a thief stole almost £1000 raised at a charity concert

Nottingham launches plan for young leaders

Nottingham launches plan for young leaders

A SEVEN-YEAR plan to com­mission 1000 younger leaders to serve in Church and society was launched on Monday at the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery. The Younger Leadership College (YLC) is for ages 15 to 30 — a generation that the Dean of the YLC, Andy Wolfe, said should not be written off

Looking up

Looking up

The Advent wreath has been suspended beneath the central tower of York Minster. Measuring four metres in diameter, it is believed by the Minster to be the largest suspended wreath in any church or cathedral in the UK, and possibly the world

Aleppo ‘needs aid delivered urgently’

Aleppo ‘needs aid delivered urgently’

FAITH leaders in the United Kingdom are urging the Government to trigger international action to enable the delivery of aid to Aleppo. Over recent days, the Syrian army and its allies have made swift progress in driving opposition groups from eastern areas of the city which they have held for several years

‘Daily bread’ sent to Southern Africa

‘Daily bread’ sent to Southern Africa

CHURCHES across Southern Africa are working to stave off the threat of famine after a long drought and a failed harvest caused severe food shortages

Agencies urged to recognise needs of religious minorities

Agencies urged to recognise needs of religious minorities

HUMANITARIAN responses to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq must take into account the diversity and diverse needs of minority com­mun­ities, or “run the risk of building walls instead of bridges”, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) have warned in a new report

Religious leaders express sorrow at Castro death

Religious leaders express sorrow at Castro death

THE Pope has joined world leaders in expressing his condolences to the family of the Communist revolu­tionary and former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro, who died last Friday, aged 90

Pope Francis to visit Ireland in 2018

Pope Francis to visit Ireland in 2018

POPE FRANCIS has confirmed, during a meeting with the Irish Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, that he will visit Dublin during the Roman Catholic Church’s “World Meeting of the Family” in August 2018

Australian Synod supports redress

Australian Synod supports redress

THE Standing Committee of the Australian General Synod has given its support to the proposed national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse

Okoh: The Church will not be intimidated by cruel acts

Okoh: The Church will not be intimidated by cruel acts

CHURCH leaders in Nigeria have called for the government to protect Christians from “ethno-religious cleansing” being carried out by herdsmen, who, they allege, are burning villages and churches, and abducting girls

Stigma of sexual violence is ‘preventing help for victims’

Stigma of sexual violence is ‘preventing help for victims’

STIGMA over sexual violence is preventing rape victims from getting the medical and psy­chological support they desperately need, for fear of being cast out by their families and communities, the Christian charity Tearfund says

World news in brief

World news in brief

Woman killed at French missionaries’ care home; Forced conversions criminalised in Sindh; Five men to hang after mob-murder case; Maori illustrated children’s Bible launched

Red Cross raises its appeal for Haiti

Red Cross raises its appeal for Haiti

MORE aid is urgently needed for Haiti and the surrounding islands, which were devastated by Hurricane Matthew two months ago

Speak about your faith freely, Prime Minister assures Christians

Speak about your faith freely, Prime Minister assures Christians

THE Prime Minister has welcomed a report that seeks to encourage Christians to share their faith and invokes Charles Spurgeon’s adage that a Christian is “either a missionary or an imposter”

Mammon grips us, says Welby in Lent thrust at capitalism

Mammon grips us, says Welby in Lent thrust at capitalism

MAMMON is a real and personal force, the Archbishop of Canterbury says. It infects global economics and individual relationships; nor is the Church immune

Hammond: tax reform will aid poor  

Hammond: tax reform will aid poor
 

RISES in the personal income-tax threshold and the National Living Wage, and a reduction in the Universal Credit taper, are designed “to help families make ends meet and to ensure every household has opportunities to prosper”, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, told MPs on Wednesday afternoon in the annual Autumn Statement

Review of George Bell child abuse case will be rigorous, Lord Carlile insists

Review of George Bell child abuse case will be rigorous, Lord Carlile insists

LORD CARLILE, who is to review the Church of England’s handling of the George Bell child-abuse allegations, insists that his inquiry will deliver a robust and independent verdict

Fresh Expressions shakes off critics

Fresh Expressions shakes off critics

THE Church of England is finally acknowledging the significance of Fresh Expressions, a national conference of 600 participants heard on Saturday

Secretary general William Nye rebukes GAFCON for ‘misleading’ briefing on sexuality

Secretary general William Nye rebukes GAFCON for ‘misleading’ briefing on sexuality

A BRIEFING paper by the conservative Anglican group GAFCON that listed people in the C of E said to have violated a Lambeth Conference resolution on sexuality is “significantly misleading”, the secretary general of the Archbishops’ Council, William Nye, has said

Home Office grants for church security follow rise in hate crimes

Home Office grants for church security follow rise in hate crimes

MORE than £400,000 has been given to churches and other places of worship by the Home Office to strengthen their security measurers, it was announced last Friday

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