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Churches comment on Government’s incitement to hatred plans

Churches comment on Government’s incitement to hatred plansThe Church of England and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have commented on the Government’s proposed amendment to the Public Order Act 1986 to create a new offence of incitement to hatred on grounds of sexual orientation. Focussing on the use of threatening words or behaviour which are used with the intention of stirring up hatred goes a considerable way towards meeting the Churches’ concerns, they say in a memorandum to the parliamentary committee responsible for the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.

Getting top marks: People of all faiths and none back church schools’ popularity

Getting top marks: People of all faiths and none back church schools’ popularityThe majority of those who do not see themselves as Christians reject the idea that church schools create divisions between different sections of society, a major survey released today has found. Six out of ten non-Christians who feel that church schools are different from other state schools also believe that church schools give places to children of all backgrounds, and two-thirds of the same group agree that Church of England schools provide a broad and balanced education, the findings show.

‘Virtual’ questions receive answers

‘Virtual’ questions receive answersThe Church of England’s General Synod has held its second virtual question time. The text of all 43 Questions and Answers is now available on the Church of England web site.

Pocketful of daily Bible reflections launched

Pocketful of daily Bible reflections launchedA collection of renowned Christian authors have contributed to a new series of Bible notes, the first daily reflections to be produced by the Church of England.

Study tours to kick start pilgrimages to the Holy Land

Study tours to kick start pilgrimages to the Holy LandThe Church of England is running subsidised study tours of the Holy Land to counter a marked drop in the number of pilgrimages being organised by dioceses and parishes. Two eight-day study tours have been arranged for early 2008, including workshops run by Christian Aid.

Statistics show increased giving and vocations

Statistics show increased giving and vocationsChurch Statistics 2005/6 can now be seen on the web. This is the first year that the statistics are only available on the web and not published for sale in booklet form.

Future of Worcester hospitals chaplaincy secured

Future of Worcester hospitals chaplaincy securedThe Chairman and Chief Executive of Worcester Royal Hospitals NHS Trust have confirmed that chaplaincy provision at the Trust is secure for the future.

Church proposes independent ombudsman to stop supermarkets squeezing farmers

Church proposes independent ombudsman to stop supermarkets squeezing farmersThe pursuit of cheap food coupled with the buying power of the big supermarkets is putting farming livelihoods at risk, the Church of England has told the Competition Commission.

Setting free the hearts and minds of young people: conference to explore Bicentenary themes

Setting free the hearts and minds of young people: conference to explore Bicentenary themesAn ecumenical conference for church youth workers will consider how the legacies of slavery in all its forms can still impact minority ethnic young people today, as the Bicentenary year of the Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade comes to a close.