03 October 2012
Good Morning from the Church of England Communications
Issued at 09.25 by hd
George Bell, bishop, ecumenist, peacemaker, 1958
Tomorrow: Francis of Assisi, friar, deacon, 1226
1. Church Growth Research website launched to help explore
the drivers of church growth within the Church of
All are invited to visit and interact with a new website built
to support the work of the Church Growth Research Programme - the
national 18-month academic research project exploring the factors
related to spiritual and in particular numerical church growth of
the Church of England. The research is being funded through funding
set aside by the Church Commissioners and Archbishops' Council for
research and development. This project is being undertaken in
partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Research at
the University of Essex; Cranmer Hall, St John's College, Durham
and the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology,
Ripon College, Cuddesdon. For further information, click here.
2. Today's press coverage
Express p13, Evening Standard p15 and p17
Various comments on the process to select the next Archbishop of
Canterbury: from Ann Widdecombe (Express, not online), Lord Harries
(Evening Standard p15) and Londoner's Diary (Evening Standard p17,
two short pieces, including a quotation from the Archbishop).
Evening Standard p1
Item reporting that "the Archbishop of Canterbury has praised the
Standard's 'outstanding' campaign to help jobless young Londoners"
in his lecture for Theos.
For the lecture go to: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/2636/
i p19, Evening Standard p25, Guardian p18, Independent
p32, Telegraph p17, Times p33
Many articles about the Pope's former butler and his trial for
"stealing and leaking the pontiff's private letters".
Telegraph p1, Daily Mail p25 (p11 in some editions),
Guardian p12, Express p26, Times p6
Reports that "David Cameron's new Minister for Women called
yesterday for a change in the abortion laws to reduce the deadline
for terminations" from "24 weeks to 20".
Report that "John Dieghan, parliamentary officer of the Bishops'
Conference of Scotland", has "claimed that schoolchildren as young
as 12 are being called 'Nazis' because of their Christian beliefs
Data on "who is sponsoring England's Academy schools", and an