New appointment to widen access to Church history and records
31 October 2005
Declan Kelly is to be the first Director of Libraries, Archives, and Information Services for the National Institutions of the Church of England.
HM The Queen to inaugurate Eighth General Synod
21 October 2005
Her Majesty The Queen will inaugurate the Eighth General Synod of the Church of England in Church House, Westminster on Tuesday, 15 November. The inauguration ceremony will follow the Eucharist in Westminster Abbey, at which the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will preside, and the Revd Professor Frances Young (until her recent retirement, Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham) will preach. Professor Young is the first woman and the first Methodist to preach at the five-yearly inauguration ceremony of the General Synod.
Bishops give ‘Angels’ their support
19 October 2005
Songs such as Robbie Williams’ Angels and others with a spiritual element do not turn a civil marriage ceremony into a religious service and could be included if a couple wishes, according to the Church of England’s House of Bishops.
Home Office Proposals for legislation on places of worship
13 October 2005
Home Office proposals for dealing with extremism in places of worship are strongly criticised as disproportionate by the Rt Revd Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark. The Home Office is consulting on these proposals at present.
Assisted dying does not provide a ‘better way of death’
10 October 2005
Bishops and Peers, speaking in the House of Lords today, stress that the foundations upon which Lord Joffe’s arguments for assisted dying are constructed are not as firm as he might have assumed. Lord Joffe’s proposal would allow for physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill.
Archbishop – ‘earthquake tragedy'
10 October 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has sent a message to church leaders in Pakistan and India following the earthquake in the region. In his letter to Bishop Alexander Malik, the Moderator of the Church of Pakistan and Bishop James Teron, the Moderator of the Church of North India, Dr Williams speaks of his distress on hearing of the devastation and assures them of prayers as they tackle the work of rescue and recovery.
Prayer for those suffering following the earthquake in Pakistan and Kashmir
09 October 2005
Hitting the pause button on hectic living
08 October 2005
As major chain stores line up to appeal for all-day opening on Sundays, a new resource published by Church House Publishing aims to re-inject the original meaning of the Sabbath – as a period of pause, reflection and decluttering – into overcrowded and busy lives.
Toolkit for trainee ministers
08 October 2005
A toolkit for trainee ministers is set to help meet the increasing demand for accessible, practical resources for those venturing into recognised ministry within the Church. Learning for Ministry, written by two key figures in ministerial training, is a ‘rough guide’ designed to de-bunk the myths and reduce the fear factor that many who are called to lay or ordained ministry feel when they have to return to formal study.
Nine leaders from six major British faith groups join together in unprecedented stand against assisted suicide and euthanasia
07 October 2005
In an unprecedented move, nine leading figures from the six major faith groups in the UK have joined forces to give a serious warning about any proposed change in the law to allow assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. The action comes just a few days before the high profile debate in the House of Lords on the Select Committee report on Lord Joffe’s Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill, on 10 October.