National Worship Development Officer appointed
21 March 2005
The Revd Peter Moger, Vicar of Godmanchester (Ely diocese) since 2001 and previously Precentor of Ely Cathedral, has been appointed National Worship Development Officer by the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.
A Place of Refuge - report casts doubt on asylum assumptions
21 March 2005
A Place of Refuge - a positive approach to asylum seekers and refugees in the UK advances a Christian case for asylum policies based on compassion and solidarity. The report, published by the Mission and Public Affairs Council today, explains the legal basis of the asylum system and examines the economic and other contributions made to the UK by asylum seekers and refugees. In the process it casts doubt on many popular assumptions and stereotypes.
Church responds to Budget
16 March 2005
The Church of England has warmly welcomed the Budget announcement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, to extend for a further three years until 2008 the 100 per cent VAT refund for renovation of Listed church buildings and to give the same refund to the construction and repair of memorials: and the announcements on primary school funding and post-16 training.
Church responds to the Daily Mail
16 March 2005
The following letter for publication has today been sent to the Daily Mail. I was surprised to read in this morning's Daily Mail that the Church of England had been silent on the issue of abortion as I, and others within the Church, had made our position on this important issue very clear, both in public statements and in conversations with your reporter.
Helping the Church address the ‘Six questions that won’t go away’
15 March 2005
PEOPLE TODAY are still asking life’s big questions, so how can the Church offer its ancient wisdom to a generation in which interest in spiritual matters is booming? That’s the question being posed by six writers in Evangelism in a Spiritual Age, published this month by the Church of England in its ‘Explorations’ series.
Intercultural theology tutor appointed as Adviser on Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns
14 March 2005
Sonia Barron, a tutor in intercultural theology at Nottingham University, has been appointed as Adviser to the Church of England’s Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC). Mrs Barron, who currently also runs Amaani Tallawah, an African/Caribbean voluntary organisation providing mental health services, will take up her new post at the end of April 2005.
Bishop calls for informed debate on Europe
09 March 2005
The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Christopher Herbert, who chairs the House of Bishops’ Europe Panel has written today to all senior Anglican clergy encouraging them to contribute to a more informed debate on Europe.
Church Commissioners in discussions to sell residential properties
21 February 2005
The Church Commissioners have entered discussions with several specialist housing providers with a view to selling the freehold of the Commissioners’ residential properties in the Stoke Newington and Maida Vale areas of London, as well as part of the freehold of their Waterloo estate, London.
Charles and Camilla - Archbishop's statement
10 February 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has welcomed the announcement that HRH Prince of Wales and Mrs Camilla Parker-Bowles are to marry.
In a statement from Lambeth Palace, Dr Williams said:
Church investors maintain alcohol exclusion
08 February 2005
An in-depth review of the Church of England’s current policy not to invest in brewers, distillers and operators of pub companies has concluded that this is still a relevant investment exclusion for the Church.