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C of E Focus For Premier Radio

C of E Focus For Premier RadioNew weekly feature explores different aspects of the Anglican Church

Marriage MOT to check you are the perfect match

Marriage MOT to check you are the perfect matchBrides and Grooms can make sure they are perfectly matched by stopping at the Church of England stand at the UK Wedding Show in Manchester for a free Marriage MOT.

Archbishop: statement on Holocaust Memorial Day

Archbishop: statement on Holocaust Memorial DayThe Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has issued a statement to mark National Holocaust Day.

New guidelines for the treatment of human remains excavated from Christian burial grounds in England

New guidelines for the treatment of human remains excavated from Christian burial grounds in EnglandIssued on behalf of English Heritage and the Church of England Archaeologists, developers, clergy, museum staff, church organisations and scientists will benefit from a new set of guidelines which set out, for the first time in England, standards for the treatment of human remains excavated from Christian burial grounds.

Church gives earthly matters top priority

Church gives earthly matters top priorityThe General Synod of the Church of England will debate a Christian vision of a greener world at its forthcoming meeting in London on Thursday 17th February. The debate coincides with the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol around the world. In his foreword to the report Sharing God’s Planet which accompanies the debate, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams urges Christians to recognise their duty to celebrate and care for every part of God’s creation. 

Agenda published for February 2005 Synod

Agenda published for February 2005 SynodSynod agenda features debates on women bishops, the Anglican Communion, clergy terms of service, the environment and higher education.

Review recommends improved rights for Clergy

Review recommends improved rights for ClergyThe second stage of the Church of England’s Review of Clergy Terms of Service will be debated at General Synod in London on Tuesday 15th February. The Review’s first report, issued this time last year, recommended that some categories of clergy be appointed on a new basis: common tenure.  This report now proposes that common tenure should apply to all clergy office holders, including vicars and rectors who now have the freehold which means they are virtually irremovable from office.

Cathedrals respond to English Heritage grants announcement

Cathedrals respond to English Heritage grants announcementEnglish Heritage has today (20 January 2005) announced £1 million of grants for repairs to cathedrals The Very Revd Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark, speaking on behalf of the Association of English Cathedrals, said: “English cathedrals have been enormously helped by the grants from English Heritage over the past 15 years and are very grateful for their support.  “But cathedrals spend £11 million on restoration and maintenance each year, raising, by their own initiatives, more than ten times as much as English Heritage is now able to allocate. 

Church of England confirms no change in position on euthanasia

Church of England confirms no change in position on euthanasiaIn a statement made in September 2004 to the Select Committee on the Assisted Dying Bill, ('The Joffe Bill') the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales together opposed the legalisation of euthanasia.

Bishops back 'Make Poverty History' Campaign

Bishops back 'Make Poverty History' CampaignChurch of England bishops have backed the call to Make Poverty History in 2005. At a meeting of the House of Bishops in Leeds, Church of England bishops issued a statement backing the Make Poverty History campaign.