Lay woman replaces new bishop
10 February 2000
Mrs Margaret Sentamu is the first lay woman to be appointed Senior Selection Secretary in the Ministry Division of the Archbishops' Council. She succeeds the Rev Roy Screech, who is to be the new Bishop of St Germans in the Diocese of Truro.
German Church visit focuses on education in church schools and parishes
08 February 2000
Church schools and parish education will be the focus of a visit by German Lutheran and Reformed Church leaders to Blackburn Diocese from February 9 to 14.
Poster highlights role of young people in the Church
07 February 2000
The latest Church of England poster for parishes and church schools highlights the importance of children and young people to a growing church.
Churches state expectations on sex education guidance
02 February 2000
The Church of England Board of Education and the Catholic Education Service have informed the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, what they hope to see in the guidance he has promised to give schools on sex and relationships education (statement below). The two education bodies are responsible for some 7000 schools and about a quarter of all primary and secondary pupils.
Blackburn and Chelmsford are first cathedrals to take on new structures
02 February 2000
New structures for running Church of England cathedrals, under the Cathedrals Measure 1999, start to come into effect this week. The first cathedrals involved are those of Blackburn, in the Province of York, on February 2, and Chelmsford, in the Province of Canterbury, on February 6. On those dates, the Provosts of Blackburn and Chelmsford will become Deans and the new system will start to operate.
Bishops seek consistent criteria for marriage in church after divorce
25 January 2000
The House of Bishops has set about defining the circumstances that the General Synod had in mind when it resolved, in 1981, that certain persons 'may be married in church during the lifetime of a former spouse'.
'Concrete jungle' puts Bristol's cathedral in peril
24 January 2000
The nation's experts on cathedrals today made a last-minute appeal to Bristol's city councillors to reject plans for what Bristol residents are calling a 'concrete jungle' in the heart of Bristol.
Statement from the Church of England on the report of the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords
20 January 2000
The report of the Royal Commission chaired by Lord Wakeham represents a serious attempt to address a fundamental issue: how the people are represented and how we are governed. The recommendations and options are extensive and require careful thought and examination on all sides.
Statement by the House of Bishops of the Church of England on the rural crisis
19 January 2000
Church of England bishops are encouraging the Government to develop a long-term strategy for British agriculture which responds to the threat to the way of life of rural communities. The House of Bishops issued the following statement after its recent meeting in York.
Church of England and Methodist Church meet at Ampleforth Abbey
17 January 2000
The Chairmen/Chairs of the Methodist Church Districts of England, Scotland and Wales invited the Church of England House of Bishops to meet them at Ampleforth Abbey on Tuesday, January 11, 2000.