First Mission and Public Affairs chairman appointed
29 July 2002
Dr Philip Giddings has been appointed Chairman-designate of the Archbishops' Council's new Division of Mission and Public Affairs.
Bishops secure assurances on any future action against Iraq
24 July 2002
Three senior Anglican bishops met with Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Mike O'Brien on Wednesday, 24 July, to discuss continuing concerns surrounding the perceived threat of any future military action against Iraq. There was general agreement during the meeting that the most desirable outcome to the current political stalemate was for President Saddam Hussein to allow United Nations weapons inspectors immediate and unhindered access to Iraq.
Announcement of the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury
23 July 2002
The Queen has nominated Dr Rowan Williams to be the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.
National Child Protection Adviser appointed
22 July 2002
Janet Hind is to be the Church of England's first National Child Protection Adviser. The half-time post has been created to co-ordinate the development of policy and best practice in child protection and to provide advice to the House of Bishops, Archbishops' Council and dioceses in support of the network of diocesan child protection staff.
Church statistics booklet now published
19 July 2002
Church Statistics, incorporating the first set of national attendance and membership figures to come out of the new, more rigorous data collection introduced in 2000, has been published in booklet form, as well as on the Church of England website.