BLANKETS will not stop bombs, Christian Aid has warned, at the conclusion of a conference that has secured $10 billion (£7 million) of pledges in humanitarian aid for victims of the Syrian crisis
THE survivor who raised allegations of sexual abuse by a former Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd George Bell, has given her account in public for the first time
THE leader of the Evangelical network New Wine, the Revd Mark Bailey, has resigned, and has “stepped back” from his parochial ministry in Cheltenham, as a result of an investigation under the Clergy Discipline Measure.
ALL serving clergy in the Church of England will soon receive a letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York asking them to take part in a week of prayer for evangelism at Pentecost.
A FRIENDLY welcome, and a lavatory were the best ways to get people to visit a church, a survey published this week has suggested.
TWO key committees have agreed to mine the Church Commissioners’ reserves to find £72.7 million to help fund growth in the Church of England.
PLANS to extend Sunday trading have been revived by the Government, despite the opposition of trade unions and churches, through an amendment to the Enterprise Bill
BRITISH men who convert to Islam are often targeted by the security services, a report from the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge said this week
THE contentious agreement between the Church of England and the Church of Scotland is not intended to draw Anglicans in Scotland away from the Scottish Episcopal Church, its authors have insisted
THE CLERGY could be permitted to “depart on a general basis” from wearing wear robes or vestments for Sunday services if a possible amendment to Canon B8 contained in a consultation paper from the House of Bishops, circulated to General Synod members, is adopted
IT IS vitally important for Christians in Britain to stand up for their faith, the Chief Inspector of Schools and head of OFSTED, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has told teachers.
Sir Michael said that Christians in the UK were confronted with rising intolerance from secularists at home, while...
THE Passion of Christ will be retold this Lent through a unique exhibition of religious artwork in landmark venues across central London
A DRAFT of the new Memorandum of Understanding between the Government and the Church of England Education Office is to be presented to diocesan directors of education (DDEs) this month, at a series of “roadshows” planned by the Department for Education
“THOSE involved in organising local Groups will often stop to wonder what the Group is achieving and whether the world would be poorer if it ceased to exist.” So reads the introduction to the Nottingham Gay Christian Movement Group newsletter
Religion can make you happier, ONS figures suggest; Cloisters of Westminster to become Gucci catwalk; Group warns over human-embryo decision; Dons seek end to fossil-fuel investment; Vicar criticises Muslim politician for ‘insulting Christians’; Vicar warns over alms boxes after thieves jailed
On Wednesday, Hymns Ancient & Modern, the charity that owns the Church Times, announced the closure of Third Way, another of its periodicals.
Baptismal gift: a new hand-carved font takes its place in Exeter Cathedral. The 26-inch Gothic-inspired font in Purbeck Blue Stone was made by the Salisbury Cathedral works’ team, and was handed over by the Clerk of the Works, Gary Price and Canon Robert Titley, on Monday
Barred: the Vicar of St David’s and St Michael and All Angels, Exeter, the
Revd Thomas Honey, has installed locked iron gates at the entrance of the
church to stop couples having sex on the steps
A CHURCH and a mosque in the “Jungle” camp in Calais were bulldozed by the French authorities on Monday morning.
THE United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has suspended intra-Syrian talks in Geneva to end five years of bloody warfare
PAEDOPHILE activity in the Church of England Boys Society in the 1970s and ’80s is the focus of hearings currently being held in Hobart, Tasmania, by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
THE Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion, the Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has told Episcopalians in the United States that he is “inspired” by the way that they defend the rights of gay people, but that their decision on same-sex marriage has put other Churches in the Communion at risk
A DEVELOPMENT scheme that has seen thousands of families in Rwanda pulled out of poverty without spending a penny of foreign money has been praised in a UK tour by two African Archbishops
Chinese church leader arrested in cross crackdown; Men and women to pray side-by-side at Wailing Wall; Anglican bishops speak out as South Sudan conflict worsens; SAT-7 television equipment returned by police after raid; Coptic teenagers to stand trial in Egypt for ‘insulting Islam’
SAME-SEX marriage in churches, and full access to all three Holy Orders for those in such marriages, are among the goals of a new mission calling for “the full acceptance and affirmation of LGBTI people” in the Church of England
SHARED conversations on sexuality, the Reform and Renewal programme, and ecumenical relations with the Church of Scotland are all on the agenda for the General Synod’s next group of sessions
CARING for the environment is not an “optional extra for tree-hugging eccentrics”, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams has said at the launch of a new scheme to encourage churches to prioritise green concerns
TERRORISTS are using the internet to turn disaffected teenagers into jihadist fanatics within the space of a month, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, was expected to tell teachers yesterday, at a conference in London
THE UK will resettle unaccompanied refugee children living in Syria and the neighbouring countries but will not take any children who have fled to Europe, the Government has announced
A PRIEST on the Isle of Man has pledged to serve “under alternative episcopal oversight within the Anglican Communion”, after resigning, writes Madeleine Davies
CHRISTIAN charities have defended their fund-raising methods this week, as a report by MPs offered trustees a “last chance” for self-regulation
EUROPE has lost its soul, and must rediscover is "moral mission" if it is to survive, a report from the think tank Theos suggests
AN amendment to the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill proposed by the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, has forced ministers to think again on measuring child poverty
MORE people trust their hairdresser to tell the truth than their clergy, a poll has suggested
THE Anglican publisher and mission agency the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK) has announced the launch of an exclusive black-tie club for its biggest donors
THE Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola have inspired a new play written to reach an audience alienated by Christianity
TO HONOUR predecessors killed in the First World War, a group of church bell-ringers are ringing a full peal on the centenary of each of the servicemen’s deaths