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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

Progress is ‘too slow’ on tax havens

Progress is ‘too slow’ on tax havens

THE Prime Minister has missed his big chance to stamp out secrecy in UK tax havens, Christian Aid said last week, at the end of an anti-corruption conference in London

Queen's Speech sets out plan to better young people's 'life chances'

Queen

THE Government has set out a new post-EU-referendum course focus­ing on key domestic policies, after attracting criticism for its series of U-turns on issues such as schooling and disability benefits in recent months

Commissioners shift investments to protect assets

Commissioners shift investments to protect assets

THE Church Commissioners have sold hundreds of millions of pounds in shares to protect themselves from instability in global stock markets

Improve diversity, Trust tells BBC

Improve diversity, Trust tells BBC

THE Sandford St Martin Trust has said that diversity in broadcasting should include “full representation of faith and faith minorities”, in response to the Government’s BBC Charter White Paper, published last week

OFSTED warns of illegal schools

OFSTED warns of illegal schools

HUNDREDS of unregistered schools — many of them faith schools — have sprung up across Britain, putting thousands of chil­dren at risk of “harm and indoc­trination”, the chief inspector of OFSTED, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has warned

Bakers await judgment in cake case

Bakers await judgment in cake case

ASHERS, the Belfast-based Christian bakers who were found guilty of discrimination last year for refusing to ice a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan (News, 22 May 2015), are waiting to hear whether their appeal has been successful

Oxford cricket team return in style

Oxford cricket team return in style

THE 2016 Church Times Cricket Cup competition has got off to a good start, with hard-fought matches in the north-west, an unexpected win for Lincoln, and a decisive victory for Oxford, back after a year’s rest from the competition

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

C of E primary schools receive awards; New group to build ties in Scotland; Churches to be advised on broadband project; Bishop James Jones granted Freedom of Liverpool

On show

On show

The Bohemian crown jewels are on special display in Prague Castle until 29 May, to mark the 700th anniversary of the birth of Charles IV in the city

Puffed up

Puffed up

The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman, pulling carriages of the Cathedrals Express, arrives from Edinburgh Waverley station at Tweedbank, in the Scottish Borders, on Sunday. A tour of the UK is currently under way, following a ten-year restoration of the engine

Bishops must repent for inaction on child abuse, says survivor

Bishops must repent for inaction on child abuse, says survivor

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

Archbishops’ ‘wave of prayer’ rolls across the country

Archbishops’ ‘wave of prayer’ rolls across the country

FROM paper airplanes inscribed with prayers suspended from the ceiling of St Paul’s, Leamington Priors, to an evening prayer-walk around Kirkham, in Preston, to the beating of the bounds in Sloane Square, in London, parishes across the country have responded creatively to the Archbishops’ Pentecost summons to prayer

York Synod will close its doors to talk about sex

York Synod will close its doors to talk about sex

ON FRIDAY 8 July, assorted journalists, lobbyists, and tradespeople will arrive in York, as usual, for the next sessions of the General Synod

Church Census 2016 cancelled after C of E drops out

Church Census 2016 cancelled after C of E drops out

THE Church Census 2016 will not go ahead, Churches Together in England (CTE) has said, after the Church of England became the latest denomination to decline to participate, on the grounds of concerns over the administrative workload and time constraints

Educators sceptical about ‘U-turn’ on academisation

Educators sceptical about ‘U-turn’ on academisation

THE Government is not to seek blanket powers to force all schools to become academies over the next six years, the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, confirmed in a House of Commons statement on Monday

Sermons are valued, but keep it short

Sermons are valued, but keep it short

IN A survey of 1800 churchgoers, by Christian Research, almost nine out of ten of those questioned agreed that sermons were still an essential part of Sunday worship

Take care over your language, says Ipgrave

Take care over your language, says Ipgrave

THERE remains “plenty of unfinished business” in relations between Jews and Christians, the Bishop of Lichfield designate, Dr Michael Ipgrave, was to have told the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) this week

Call to educate local authorities about faith in action

Call to educate local authorities about faith in action

THE Government must do more to ensure fearful council officers do not stop churches and Christian charities from getting involved in social action, MPs have said

Praying together

Praying together

The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, visits Darlington on Ascension Day, as he embarks on his second set of Prayer Walks round his diocese

New initiative:

New initiative:

The Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, at the launch of a Homelessness Charter, on the steps of Manchester Town Hall, on Monday

Baroness Bakewell is to receive Sandford award

Baroness Bakewell is to receive Sandford award

THE Labour peer, broadcaster and journalist, Baroness Bakewell, is to receive the Sandford St Martin Trustees’ Award for her “outstanding commitment to religious and ethical broadcasting” over six decades

Bishops defend new Mayor of London

Bishops defend new Mayor of London

Defence: the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, took part in a signing-in ceremony in Southwark Cathedral on Saturday. The Bishops of Woolwich and Southwark (left and right) are signatories of a letter describing an attack on Mr Khan by Christian Concern as

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