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Bishops’ group lacks gay voices, say activists

Bishops’ group lacks gay voices, say activists

THE “Bishops’ reflection group on sexuality” which will guide the next stage of the Church of England’s debate on same-sex relations has been criticised for including no openly gay bishops

Welby: don’t count God’s wealth in Monopoly money

Welby: don’t count God’s wealth in Monopoly money

THE spirit of St Francis was present in Assisi this week, as Anglican and Orthodox church leaders joined Pope Francis and representatives from other faiths at the small Italian town to pray for peace

UK Churches march and join refugee scheme

UK Churches march and join refugee scheme

WHILE delegates from across the world debated at the UN how to tackle the refugee crisis, charities and politicians closer to home were also grappling with the problem

Rector to undertake 100-mile Everest trek to raise funds

Rector to undertake 100-mile Everest trek to raise funds

A PRIEST in his sixties who has little experience of trekking sets out tomorrow on a fortnight-long hike through the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp

Not a picnic

Not a picnic

Visitors to St Mary’s, Barton, last weekend were in for a big surprise: the church was filled with thousands of bears

Declining figures noted with ‘a heavy heart’

Declining figures noted with ‘a heavy heart’

AVERAGE Sunday attendance in the Church in Wales has fallen to below one per cent of the population, the Membership and Finance Report said

New safeguarding policies supported by Church in Wales

New safeguarding policies supported by Church in Wales

THERE will be times when the Church will fail in its care to others, “and we need to do something about that”, the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said, as he introduced the Church in Wales’s new safeguarding policy

Confirmation no longer required for holy communion

Confirmation no longer required for holy communion

ALL baptised people will be admitted to holy communion in the Church in Wales, regardless of whether or not they have been confirmed, the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said

‘Your Grace’ receives farewell tributes

‘Your Grace’ receives farewell tributes

THIS was Dr Barry Morgan’s last Governing Body meeting before he retires as Archbishop of Wales at the end of January next year; and it fell to the Bishop of Swansea & Brecon, the Rt Revd John Davies, to lead the tributes

‘Rebound’ improves finances for Church in Wales

‘Rebound’ improves finances for Church in Wales

THE total value of the Representative Body’s investments had risen by one per cent to £542 million, the deputy chairman of the Church in Wales’s Representative Body, Paul Marshall, said

Lay offices are to be looked into

Lay offices are to be looked into

A MOTION proposed by the St Davids diocesan conference (synod) to remove the upper age limits on churchwardens failed to receive the support of the Governing Body in a clause-by-clause vote

On the up

On the up

Schoolchildren gape while visiting Durham Cathedral

Charismatic history in the spotlight

Charismatic history in the spotlight

AS WITNESSES to the early days pass on, the time is ripe to study the history of the Charismatic movement, a historian at Wycliffe Hall argued last week, after a conference addressed by international scholars

Young care-leavers ‘affected most by benefit sanctions’

Young care-leavers ‘affected most by benefit sanctions’

THOUSANDS of young people are being left in “desperate situations” after having their benefits cut or stopped on leaving care, research from the Children’s Society suggests

Champion

Champion

A boxing event at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday has raised more than £10,000 for Help for Heroes, which supports injured servicemen and women. The Dean, the Very Revd John Witcombe, said that he allowed the event after “very careful and prayerful

Newton’s church to raise its profile

Newton’s church to raise its profile

THE church where Sir Isaac Newton was baptised is to hold a commemoration service as the finale of a five-day festival celebrating the 350th anniversary of his “Annus Mirabilis”, when he made his great scientific discoveries, including the laws of gravitation

Picking up a stone can help Canterbury's glazing

Picking up a stone can help Canterbury

WINNING bidders at an auction in Canterbury tomorrow could walk away with a piece of the city’s medieval cathedral

Vocations mountain still to be climbed

Vocations mountain still to be climbed

THE scale of the challenge facing those charged with increasing the number of ordinands by 50 per cent is set out in new statistics published this week

The tale of inmates’ bags

The tale of inmates’ bags

HANDMADE bags crafted by inmates from Holloway prison are for sale online, in a joint initiative by a church-run charity, Pecan, and a social enterprise, Prosper 4 Business, set up by a former prisoner

Castors on pews get things rolling

Castors on pews get things rolling

IT IS the work of but ten minutes, and some physical effort, to transform the nave of St John the Baptist’s, Littlehempston, into a cinema, zumba class, or dance hall

Foodbank trust makes Harvest plea

Foodbank trust makes Harvest plea

HARVEST festival-goers are being encouraged to offer cash in addition to their usual tins of beans and other foodstuffs this year, as part of a national appeal for help from church-run foodbanks

Survivor

Survivor

A section of a stained-glass window hidden from the Blitz during the Second World War has been found again. The glass, which features the patron saint of Exeter, St Sidwella, was originally part of St Sidwell’s, in the city centre. But, when the building was razed by German bombs in 1942, the ...

York church pathway spells out words of hope

York church pathway spells out words of hope

A THIRTY-METRE-LONG church path that spells out a verse from the Book of Isaiah in mosaic tiles is to be dedicated today by the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu

Cathedrals growing on every day but Sunday

Cathedrals growing on every day but Sunday

MIDWEEK services are responsible for the growth in cathedral worship in recent years. Statistics released this week show that average midweek attendance in the C of E’s 42 cathedrals has grown over the past 11 years from 12,700 in 2005 to 18,900 in 2015. This was the highest it has been, equal with 2013.

Signing up

Signing up

The Bishops of Birmingham, Dover, and Chichester were among more than 50 Anglican Bishops at the launch by A Rocha and Shrinking the Footprint of Eco Diocese. A diocese gains Eco Diocese status by meeting set criteria. The Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott,

Bishop calls for change of culture at Exeter Cathedral

Bishop calls for change of culture at Exeter Cathedral

A CHANGE of culture is required at Exeter Cathedral, suggests a report commissioned by the Bishop, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell

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