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Schools Minister praises ‘excellent’ CofE academies

Schools Minister praises ‘excellent’ CofE academies“We very much value the contribution that Church of England schools and academies make to our education system,” said Schools Minister Lord Hill at the Church of England’s Academy Family Conference at Lambeth Palace today.

Faith and the Future of the Countryside – Final Recommendations

Faith and the Future of the Countryside – Final RecommendationsThe Government should enable affordable rural housing schemes to proceed where needed on the basis on a parish plan and not require complex and expensive referenda, a conference of churches and leading thinkers in rural affairs has recommended.

Don’t cut rural mental health provision, urges Archbishop

Don’t cut rural mental health provision, urges ArchbishopThe Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams said today that the provision of mental health services in the countryside must not be cut under the current Government Comprehensive Spending Review.

Synod to debate the Big Society and the Anglican Communion Covenant

Synod to debate the Big Society and the Anglican Communion CovenantHer Majesty The Queen will inaugurate the Ninth General Synod of the Church of England in Church House, Westminster on Tuesday 23 November.

Bishops’ office and working costs published

Bishops’ office and working costs publishedThe 2009 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, in December 2001. Bishops’ office and working costs were previously published as a total figure.

Church of England publishes latest statistics on web

Church of England publishes latest statistics on webThe Church of England has today published its latest information about parish income and expenditure and trends in ministry numbers in Church Statistics 2008/9. The attendance statistics included were published in February 2010.

Lack of affordable housing could undermine the future of the countryside, bishop warns

Lack of affordable housing could undermine the future of the countryside, bishop warnsThe 50 per cent cut in capital investment for affordable homes, announced in last week’s comprehensive spending review, could leave nearly half a million rural households without housing in the next quarter of a century – and risks a reversal in the hard-won five year fall in homelessness, the Rt Rev Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, will tell leading thinkers on rural economies, planning, policy and mission in rural communities, next week.

Statement from the Bishop of London on the Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme

Statement from the Bishop of London on the Listed Places of Worship Grants SchemeWelcoming the announcement by the Department for Culture Media and Sport that the Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme, which reimburses VAT on repairs to listed places of worship, will continue, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, Bishop of London and Chair of the Church Heritage Forum, said:

Bishop of Carlisle appointed as Lead Bishop on Healthcare Issues

Bishop of Carlisle appointed as Lead Bishop on Healthcare IssuesThe Archbishops of Canterbury and York have announced the appointment of the Bishop of Carlisle, The Rt Revd James Newcome, as lead bishop on healthcare issues.

Vision Tour shows churches that 2012 Olympics are about More Than Gold

Vision Tour shows churches that 2012 Olympics are about More Than GoldThe Church of England’s Olympic and Paralympic Executive Coordinator, the Revd Canon Duncan Green, is encouraging church leaders to attend one of a series of briefings touring the UK in October and November organised by More Than Gold, the ecumenical organisation which aims to support, enthuse and resource churches of all denominations in the way they use the 2012 Olympics as a catalyst to mission.