MP gives warning on Chancel Repair Liability

Chancel Repair liability (CRL) is an issue “on the verge of explosion”, a junior government minister, Peter Luff, has said. Mr Luff, the MP for Mid Worcestershire, is helping the PCC of Broadway with Wickhamford to find a way to avoid registering CRL against 30…

PCCs given liability warning over Chancel Repair “assets”

Parochial church councils that fund chancel repairs without securing funds from a lay rector could be guilty of a breach of trust, with “serious consequences” for PCC members, Neville Rowles, a conveyancing solicitor with the Manchester-based law firm Boote Edgar Esterkin, has suggested. He warns:…

Archbishops of York and Wales call for fairtrade for British farmers

The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, and the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, have urged that Fairtrade principles should be extended to British farmers; and the Farm Crisis Network has asked churches to designate this Sunday as a day of prayer for farmers in…

I’m not a photographer, nor a photo-journalist, but we’re all multi – “skilled” now

I make no claims to be a photographer.  So much so that I was forced to stop taking photos for a short while last year when the dial on my Canon EOS 10D dropped off.  I couldn’t figure out how to ensure it was on…

Anglican mission agency USPG defends name-change

The chief executive of the Anglican mission agency USPG, the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, has issued a strong response to claims that its recent name-change means that it is embarrassed by the gospel. The society announced last month that it would…

Board of Deputies of British Jews slams General Synod debate on Palestine-Israel

A senior Jewish leader has described the language used in Monday’s General Synod debate about Israel and Palestine as evoking “nothing but simple anti-Semitic themes from history”. The Synod approved a Private Member’s Motion moved by Dr John Dinnen (Hereford), endorsing the World Council of Churches’…

Church endorses Israel hate agenda

In the worst rift between Anglo-Jewry and the Church of England in recent years, the president of the Board of Deputies has accused the Synod of “riding roughshod” over the Jewish community. The attack by Vivian Wineman follows a vote by the General Synod this…

Synod postpones final decision on women bishops

THE General Synod has voted to send the draft women-bishops Measure back to the House of Bishops, and not to vote on final approval until November. An adjournment motion, moved by the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, was carried by a two-thirds…

Bishop warns of austerity’s ‘social consequences’

THE BISHOP of Bath & Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Price, has warned that the country faces more episodes of violent disorder similar to that which hit the nation in August last year. In an address to the General Synod on Sunday afternoon, Bishop Price…

Steering committee seeks to adjourn women bishops debate

A GROUP of senior Church of England officials have announced that they intend to ask the General Synod to postpone tomorrow’s historic vote to allow women to be bishops, so that last minute amendments made to the draft legislation by the House of Bishops could…