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Bishops' office and working costs published (1)

Bishops' office and working costs published (1)The 2001 office and working costs of bishops in the Church of England are published today. Figures for individual bishops were first published, for the year 2000, last December. Bishops' office and working costs were previously published as a total figure.

Licensing Bill

Licensing BillDuring the Committee Stage of the Licensing Bill in the House of Lords on Thursday 12 December, the Government acknowledged the need to consider exempting altogether 'bona fide places of worship' from the provisions of the Licensing Bill.

Provisional 2001 Church of England attendance figures

Provisional 2001 Church of England attendance figuresMore than 2.6 million people attended church or cathedral worship on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve 2001, down from 2.8 million the previous year when Christmas Eve was a Sunday. Over the last three years, Christmas attendance levels have been static overall, the number of communicants in 2001 being slightly greater than in 1999.

Membership of Clergy Employment Arrangements review announced

Membership of Clergy Employment Arrangements review announcedThe Archbishops' Council has published the membership and terms of reference of the McClean Review on Clergy Employment Arrangements announced last week.

Unpacking the Gift - Anglican resources for theological reflection on The Gift of Authority

Unpacking the Gift - Anglican resources for theological reflection on The Gift of AuthorityA wide-ranging collection of essays and comment sheds fresh and often unexpected light on questions of authority and the whole search for Christian unity in today's world. Contributors to Unpacking the Gift look closely at the text of The Gift of Authority, the 1999 report of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), and state personal views and interpretations to help readers explore the issues involved.

Response to the First Report of the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform

Response to the First Report of the Joint Committee on House of Lords ReformThe Parliamentary Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform published its First Report at 11.00am today, 11 December 2002. A Church of England spokesman said: "We will study the initial report of the Joint Committee carefully and participate as appropriate in the continuing debate on the future of the Second Chamber, with regard both to its overall reform and to the faith dimension.

Council accepts need to change clergy employment arrangements

Council accepts need to change clergy employment arrangementsThe Archbishops' Council is establishing a working group to identify ways of amending the employment arrangements of Church of England clergy with a view to enhancing safeguards against injustice and ensuring a proper balance between rights and responsibilities.

Consultation on Criminal Justice

Consultation on Criminal JusticeA private and possibly unique consultation today involved a Government Minister, the Church of England Board for Social Responsibility, the Prison Reform Trust and contributors to a new book of essays, The Future of Criminal Justice.

European Parliament

European ParliamentUnfortunately it appears that none of the six MEPs taking part in the debate were aware of a fundamental error in the report they were debating concerning Church of England legislation, despite efforts to bring this to their attention before the debate.

Hope for the Church - contemporary strategies for growth

Hope for the Church - contemporary strategies for growthIn this his latest book, Bob Jackson, a government economic adviser before spending 20 years in parish ministry and now Research Missioner for the Archbishops' evangelism initiative Springboard, finds many signs of hope for future growth in the Church. By analysing reasons for the growth and decline of individual churches, he builds a menu of practical strategies for national church growth.