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The Church of England has produced some national liturgical resources for World War One commemoration, including readings, prayers, propers for a Requiem Eucharist and an order for a Vigil service on 3 or 4 August, the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war.
The Bishop of Manchester says, "So here’s a challenge for Lent. Try to live it in the opposite myth to your natural preference. If you are a progressive, then let a backwards facing Lent be a way of broadening your sympathies, deepening your understanding of others, so as to grow in holiness. If you are naturally regressive then face forwards. Find something in the world to embrace and enjoy. Maybe force yourself to eat at least one piece of chocolate very day."
The Anglican Alliance is marking International Women’s Day by telling the stories of Anglican women around the Communion who have inspired change and transformed their communities.
In a blog today on the Daily Telegraph website, Green Party peer Jenny Jones praises the Diocese of Salisbury's commitment to cutting carbon emissions. She wonders if instead of spending years trying to persuade politicians to take climate change seriously, she should have been working with churches and other places of worship.
As a bishop, I believe it is the duty of religion to challenge political power when it fails in its responsibility to the most vulnerable in society
Director Steve McQueen dedicated his Best Picture Oscar for 12 Years As A Slave to modern day slaves. Here's a powerful, professional video on the real price of a cup of tea - grinding poverty among Assam farmers leads to sex slavery in the big cities.
The Bishop's Palace at Wells was discussed by the Board of Governors of the Church Commissioners at its meeting last Tuesday (25th February). This was the first meeting of the Board since it made its decision at the end of November last year.
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Archbishop of Canterbury says Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols was giving voice to an 'upswell of feeling' in communities with his warning that benefit cuts are leaving the poor facing 'hunger and destitution'
I often meet leaders from churches and Christian charities who are wary of the Charity Commission, viewing it as an unsympathetic and perhaps secularist regulator. Since charity law requires that charities must be established for the public benefit, many church and charity leaders are anxious that they need to show they are doing 'good works' in the community to justify their charitable status, and that teaching and sharing the Christian faith in itself is not enough.
Three senior Church of England bishops met this morning with Government Minister Lord de Mauley to discuss the impact of the floods in England and the action being taken to support affected communities
The General Synod 2015 Campaign is seeking to see the next General Synod have stronger representation from laity who are "for inclusion and opposed to discrimination". A campaign pack is available to download. It sets out to effect change starting with the Deanery Synod members, to be elected in Spring 2014 – who in turn are the key voting members charged with electing a new General Synod in 2015.
More than 2,000 people have signed a petition against plans to move the new Bishop of Bath and Wells out of a flat in the 800-year-old palace. It was presented to the General Synod - the Church of England's ruling body - by Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt.
Churches are doing what they can to support communities affected by the flooding that has swept over large parts of the south-west of England. Reverend Jane Twitty of Muchelney, Somerset, looks after four local parishes and has swung the church at the centre of one of the isolated communities into action.