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C of E equips investors to monitor climate impact

C of E equips investors to monitor climate impact

THE national investment bodies of the Church of England — the Church Commissioners, the CBF, and the Pensions Board — have launched an online data-analysis tool for investors to assess how effectively companies are addressing climate change

McGuinness accuses DUP of bigotry

McGuinness accuses DUP of bigotry

A SERIOUS sectarian element lies in the background of the threatened collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly after the resignation of the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, it has emerged

Williams: Refugees are not globetrotting

Williams: Refugees are not globetrotting

THE Prime Minister’s attack on the idea of global citizenship should not be used as an excuse to neglect the plight of refugees and people suffering overseas, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams writes in this week’s Church Times

May confronts ‘hidden injustice’ of mental illness

May confronts ‘hidden injustice’ of mental illness

MENTAL illness has been a “hidden injustice” in the UK as a result of “unacceptable” social stigma, the Prime Minister said this week as she announced new measures to improve mental-health support in schools, universities, homes, and workplaces across the country

Flint churches of Norwich hope to catch visitors knapping

Flint churches of Norwich hope to catch visitors knapping

THE medieval churches of Norwich and its medieval cathedral are to be at the heart of a new festival this spring which will celebrate their history, culture, and relevance in the 21st century

Ancient lavatory finds Pakistan ‘twin’

Ancient lavatory finds Pakistan ‘twin’

AN ANCIENT lavatory at St John the Baptist Hospital, an 11th century almshouse in Canterbury, has been “twinned” with a block of latrines in a school in Pakistan

Croft: All-party report deepens integration debate

Croft: All-party report deepens integration debate

A NEW report on integration, recommending that immigrants must learn English before or immediately after arrival, and suggesting that a regional quota may be the way forward, is an improvement on “toxic” recent debate, the Bishop of Oxford, Dr Steven Croft, said last week

Clergy aid was crucial, say SFC recipients

Clergy aid was crucial, say SFC recipients

MORE than a third of the recipients of financial aid from the charity Sons and Friends of the Clergy say that they could not have coped with­out this support, research suggests

Women's ordination campaigner Una Kroll dies at 91

Women

Linda Hurcombe writes:

IN NOVEMBER 1978, the General Synod of the Church of England voted against legislation allowing women to be priests. Dr Una Kroll, legs shaking, and supported by her friend Sue Dowell, stood and declared: “We asked for bread, and you gave us a stone — long live God!” Her cri de cœur and subsequent tireless campaigning found reward 14 years later when, in 1992, the first women were ordained to the priesthood of the Church of England

Landmark anniversary for Welsh women

Landmark anniversary for Welsh women

Services were held at all six Anglican cathedrals in Wales last Saturday, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ordination of the first women priests in the Church in Wales. These included Llandaff (top) and St Asaph (below). The Dean, the Very Revd Kathy Jones, presided at Bangor Cathedral (abo...

A look at the scoreboard

A look at the scoreboard

An installa­tion at Birming­ham Cathedral, Measures of Us, displays the findings of an electronic survey about common experi­ences, completed by people across the city last month

Council rebuked for erecting fence round churchyard

Council rebuked for erecting fence round churchyard

LEEDS City Council had acted with “ineptitude, discourtesy, and illegality” when it erected a fence along the perimeter of the closed churchyard of St Peter’s, Bramley, without first seeking a faculty or planning consent, the Consistory Court of the diocese said when hearing an application for a confirmatory faculty

Deans defend cathedrals’ independence

Deans defend cathedrals’ independence

THE financial troubles at Peter­borough Cathedral should not be used as “a stick to beat the rest of the cathedrals with”, the Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber, has declared

Campaigning groups to form double rainbow

Campaigning groups to form double rainbow

TWO of the Church of England’s largest pro-gay campaigning groups are to merge to create a unified voice in time for the debates on sexuality at the General Synod in February

‘New patterns’ for Cornhill church

‘New patterns’ for Cornhill church

A NEW life for St Michael’s, Cornhill, has been sketched by the Archdeacon of London, the Ven. Luke Miller, after an article in The Times warned that it was “on the verge of bankruptcy”

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Festival of Preaching to be launched in September; Church doors open after seven-year-old’s death; Qur’an chanted at Epiphany eucharist in Glasgow; Professor Keri Thomas appointed OBE; Tribute paid after Oak Hill Principal dies

Abortion debate held in Irish Citizens’ Assembly

Abortion debate held in Irish Citizens’ Assembly

TWO leading UK philosophers have clashed on the moral issues surrounding abortion at a weekend meeting of the Irish-government inspired Citizens’ Assembly

Proposals for Irish religious-teaching reform

Proposals for Irish religious-teaching reform

REFORMS proposed for the Irish primary-school curriculum include an option to spend more time — or less — on teaching religion. The idea, which will be brought forward for consultation in the spring with the schools, almost all of which are under Roman Catholic or Anglican patronage, has been welcomed by the main teachers’ union, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation

Seasonal greeting

Seasonal greeting

The President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, at the Coptic Orthodox Christmas liturgy celebrated by Pope Tawadros II (left) in St Mark’s, Cairo, last Friday

UN launches largest-ever appeal for Syrian aid

UN launches largest-ever appeal for Syrian aid

SYRIA will continue to need more humanitarian aid than anywhere in the world in 2017, the UN forecasts, but the need for international aid in countries such as Nigeria and the Yemen is also predicted to rise dramatically

Terrorism: never in God’s name, says the Pope

Terrorism: never in God’s name, says the Pope

THE world is grappling with a “homicidal madness which misuses God’s name in order to disseminate death”, Pope Francis has said in a New Year address to the diplo­matic community, in which he has called for peace

Christians in Asia and India at risk amid rising religious nationalism, Open Doors warns

Christians in Asia and India at risk amid rising religious nationalism, Open Doors warns

RELIGIOUS nationalism is driving soaring levels of anti-Christian persecution across Asia and the Indian subcontinent, Open Doors warns this year, as it publishes its 25th World Watch List. The charity campaigns on behalf of persecuted Christians

World news in brief

World news in brief

Venezuelan archbishop decries state of his nation; Ugandan bishop calls for reconciliation, not retribution; Maori Archbishop dies in office, aged 92; Charleston church killer sentenced to death; Prison sentence for Chinese dissident church leader; UN aid worker convicted of helping Hamas

Knighthood for bishop who chaired Hillsborough panel

Knighthood for bishop who chaired Hillsborough panel

THE former Bishop of Liverpool the Rt Revd James Jones, who chaired an independent panel of inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster, has been knighted in the New Year Honours list, for services to bereaved families and justice

Judge rules defunct sect was a religious charity

Judge rules defunct sect was a religious charity

THE six granddaughters of a former Anglican clergyman, John Hugh Smyth-Pigott, who became the leader of a sect known as the Church of the Holy Agapemony (”the Aga­pemonites”), and was subsequently unfrocked in 1909, failed in their claim in the High Court to the pro­ceeds of sale of a property used by the sect as a church

Old monastic brew packed a punch

Old monastic brew packed a punch

A STRONG brandy-based cocktail was the tipple of choice for a com­munity of 18th-century Bene­dict­ine monks during their exile in France, a theologian from the University of Durham has dis­covered

Bishops urge less hate, more courage, and more heart

Bishops urge less hate, more courage, and more heart

BISHOPS have painted a hopeful picture of a post-Brexit Britain in their New Year messages

Pilgrims progress

Pilgrims progress

The traditional Boxing Day Pilgrimage from Ripon Cathedral to Fountains Abbey took place on Monday of last week, having been cancelled in 2015 owing to floods

2017: year of the Church Times Environmental Awards

2017: year of the Church Times Environmental Awards

IN 2007, the Church Times or­gan­ised the first Green Church Awards. Scores of churches entered, giving details of imaginative schemes for reducing their church’s environ­mental footprint, preserving the natural world, campaigning for change, and educating the next gen­eration in sustainable living

The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ chapel is given hope

The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ chapel is given hope

THE one-room former Methodist chapel where the Tolpuddle Martyrs met has been saved from ruin and will be restored, to become a “quiet place” for people to sit and think

Oswald Clark, veteran synodsman, dies, aged 99

Oswald Clark, veteran synodsman, dies, aged 99

Dr Brian Hanson writes:

OSWALD CLARK, a former Chairman of the House of Laity of the General Synod, has died in his 100th year

Judge uses Trollope to explain Durham Cathedral tax ruling

Judge uses Trollope to explain Durham Cathedral tax ruling

DURHAM CATHEDRAL has appealed successfully against a VAT ruling. The Dean and Chapter had challenged a decision by HM Revenue and Customs that VAT it had paid on repairs to Prebends Bridge, over the River Wear, could not be offset against VAT on its café and gift-shop sales

People of faith give 490,000 hours to help the homeless

People of faith give 490,000 hours to help the homeless

AT LEAST 500 churches, syn­agogues, and mosques across the UK have opened their doors to more than 1900 homeless people in the past year, the latest Church and Community Night Shelter Net­work Impact Report says. It is published by the charity Housing Justice

Vicar burnt in accident with server’s robe

Vicar burnt in accident with server’s robe

A PRIEST needed hospital treat­ment for burns after rescuing a server whose robe was set alight by an altar candle during a Christmas-morning eucharist

Muted approval for ‘garden’ towns

Muted approval for ‘garden’ towns

A “GUARDED welcome” has been given by Housing Justice to the Government’s plan to provide 200,000 new homes in 14 “garden” villages and towns

Put a sock in it

Put a sock in it

The Dean of Manchester, the Very Revd Rogers Govender (right), and local clergy give unwanted socks to the Canon Wray Sock Appeal at Man­chester Cathedral

Application process for contracts ‘hits small charities’

Application process for contracts ‘hits small charities’

SMALL charities are failing to secure government and council contracts, owing to “absurd and irrelevant” demands in the application process, a study of 120 contract tenders sug­gests. The study, Commissioning in Crisis, by the Lloyds Bank Founda­tion, says that the move towards hiring larger firms has caused a reduction of up to 44 per cent in small- and medium-sized charities’ income

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