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Party leaders assure church delegations on racism in politics

Party leaders assure church delegations on racism in politicsLeaders of the three main political parties represented at Westminster have assured bishops that they would quickly disown any party candidate or member approving, condoning or encouraging resentment against residents, immigrants or asylum seekers on the basis of their colour or ethnic origin in party political activity.

Statement on the draft EU Equal Treatment Directive

Statement on the draft EU Equal Treatment DirectiveResponse to DfEE consultation on behalf of the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Free Churches in England and Wales

Parish returns will help shape the Church's mission

Parish returns will help shape the Church's missionParishes throughout the country are being encouraged to take the first step in compiling statistics that will help the Church of England, at all levels, shape its mission for the future. Annual membership and finance returns have been adapted to reflect proposals endorsed by the General Synod in the summer.

Interim report recommends dioceses to consider new schools

Interim report recommends dioceses to consider new schoolsAt the request of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the Church Schools Review Group, chaired by Lord Dearing, is today issuing an interim report addressed to the Archbishops' Council.

Review sees extended life for Church Urban Fund

Review sees extended life for Church Urban FundAn independent Review Body, chaired by the Bishop of Bradford, today exhorted the Church to "be adventurous in its efforts" to continue to bring significant additional resources into England's most deprived communities.

New Partnership Secretary for Board of Mission

New Partnership Secretary for Board of MissionThe Rev Stephen Lyon, Principal of the Southwark Ordained Local Ministry Scheme, has been appointed Partnership Secretary of the Church of England's Board of Mission.

Church of England refutes Sunday Times article

Church of England refutes Sunday Times articleThe Church of England has lodged strong objections to inaccurate statements made in The Sunday Times (2 July 2000) which paint a misleading picture of Church finances.

Tax-efficient giving breaks the £6 barrier

Tax-efficient giving breaks the £6 barrierThe latest parochial statistics, for the calendar year 1998, show the same general trends seen over recent years. Tax-efficient giving increased by 7% on average, breaking through the £6 barrier for the first time at £6.37.

Review of the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod

Review of the Episcopal Ministry Act of SynodThe General Synod is to discuss how arrangements designed to ensure that those with differing views on the ordination of women can remain in the highest possible degree of communion with one another are working at its July meeting in York.

Response to the Report of the Royal Commission on House of Lords Reform

Response to the Report of the Royal Commission on House of Lords ReformA response on behalf of the Church of England to the Report of the Royal Commission on House of Lords Reform has been submitted to Government by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York today (Friday 23 June).