New Commission on Urban Life and Faith launched
02 February 2004
The Commission on Urban Life and Faith, launched today in the House of Lords, will "promote a vision of urban life which analyses and addresses the realities of its delights, injustices and its needs". It will spotlight work, especially by faith communities, that makes a difference in disadvantaged areas.
Families Matter wins Churches' Beacon Award for Sustainable Community Development for Totton College
21 January 2004
'Parenting' courses and basic skills classes, aimed at reducing barriers to learning among the disadvantaged, proved a winning formula for Totton College in the Churches' Beacon Award for Sustainable Community Development.
Secretary of State for International Development to address February General Synod
19 January 2004
Mission, human relationships, social issues, worship and ecumenical relations will be major themes in a challenging and broad ranging Synod agenda
Greater job security recommended for clergy without the freehold
16 January 2004
A new report recommends that Church legislation is brought in to provide greater job security for clergy without the freehold and to clarify their duties. A review chaired by Professor David McClean CBE QC (Professor of Law at Sheffield University) recommends retaining the office-holder status of clergy and conferring a new package of rights and responsibilities on clergy without the freehold.
Church Commissioners consult on Strategic See House Review
14 January 2004
The Church Commissioners are consulting the House of Bishops on a new set of principles and guidelines to provide suitable houses from which bishops can conduct an effective ministry, while providing both a place of work and family privacy.
Provisional attendance figures for 2002
12 January 2004
Provisional figures for 2002 show that the average number of children and young people attending church each month increased by 1% over 2001 to 421,000 while the average number attending each week remained static at 228,000. There are signs of growth in church attendance levels in many dioceses among children and young people under 16 years of age, despite a decline in overall attendance.