Archbishops consult on Crown Appointments
15 October 2007
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have published a consultation paper on the process for future Crown appointments to senior Church posts. The consultation is a response to the Green Paper, The Governance of Britain, published on July 3, which signalled the Government’s wish to change the role Ministers and civil servants play in some Church appointments.
Archbishop's response to A Common Word
11 October 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, today received a copy of a key letter from Muslim scholars and religious leaders addressed to Christian religious leaders. Dr Anas S. Al-Shaikh-Ali, Chair of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, and one of the signatories to the letter, presented it to the Archbishop at Lambeth Palace.
Joint registration of births risks reducing parental responsibility
09 October 2007
The Church of England has questioned Government plans to force both parents to register every birth, arguing that legislation could reduce rather than promote parental responsibility.
Church of England’s ‘parliament’ repeats virtual question time
08 October 2007
The Church of England’s General Synod is repeating last year’s ‘virtual question time’, highlighting the growing ways in which the Church is using the web and other electronic communications media.
Organ donation a Christian duty
08 October 2007
Giving oneself and one’s possessions voluntarily for the well being of others and without compulsion is a Christian duty of which organ donation is a striking example, the Church of England has told the House of Lords. The Church’s Mission and Public Affairs Division was responding to the Lords’ EU Social Policy and Consumer Affairs sub-committee’s inquiry into the EU Commission’s Communication on organ donation and transplantation: policy actions at EU level.
Trick or treat gets brighter make-over as supermarkets and parents back Church of England’s Halloween campaign
04 October 2007
A bishop’s appeal to supermarket bosses appears to have done the trick and could lead to a significant shift in the way Halloween is marketed in the UK.
Bishops thank Prince of Wales on behalf of farming charities
02 October 2007
The Bishops of Exeter and Hereford have, today, written to The Prince of Wales thanking him for his efforts in raising more than £600,000 for the Farming Help Charities. The Charities are currently supporting farmers affected by flooding, Foot and Mouth disease and Bluetongue Disease.
‘Start as you mean to go on’ – book explores changing face of Christian initiation
01 October 2007
The place of baptism in the life of the nation and the Church has changed significantly in the last century, a new book from the Church of England has found.
Church stresses need for local consultation and access to Planning System
28 August 2007
Local people’s access to the planning system should not be sacrificed simply to speed up decision making and planning legislation should tackle the proliferation of gated communities, the Church of England has warned the Department for Communities and Local Government. “Good community relations are a vital part of planning sustainable settlements and their consideration should always be part of the planning process.”
Report highlights long-term role for missionary deacons
24 August 2007
The role of deacons as missionaries to their communities should be taken more seriously, argues a report from the Church of England’s Faith and Order Advisory Group published this week.