House of Bishops amends women bishops Measure

A group of six senior Synod officials were expected to announce yesterday (Thursday) that the House of Bishops’ two amendments to the draft measure permitting the ordination of women to the episcopate were not significant enough to warrant a reference back to the dioceses, paving…

Principal on ‘leave of absence’ after more redundancies

Wycliffe Hall, the Evangelical theological college in Oxford, was tight-lipped this week about the sudden departure of its Principal, the Revd Dr Richard Turnbull. Rumours started circulating about his absence on Friday. The college’s council finally issued a statement late on Wednes­day afternoon to assert…

The Leveson Inquiry – a brief update of the evidence to date (it’s all Tom Watson’s fault)

It’s not the Murdochs’ fault, it’s one lone journalist. It’s not the one lone journalist’s fault, it’s the executives. It’s not the executives’ fault, it’s the lawyers. It’s not the lawyers’ fault, it’s the police. It’s not the police’s fault, it’s the company. It’s not…

Conservative evangelicals set up rival Anglicans structure

The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, meeting in London, say they’ll offer alternative spiritual leadership to dissaffected members of the Church of England.  They also want an alternative to the Archbishop of Canterbury as chairman of the Anglican primates meeting.  Is this a way of keeping…

The Church in Wales Governing Body

The Governing Body (GB) of the Church in Wales, similar to the General Synod of the Church of England, met in Llandudno on the 18th and 19th April.  I was there for the Church Times and produced a number of reports, including: Church seeks Welsh-speakers to…

Church response to rising youth unemployment

Gavin Drake reports on what practical steps churches can offer to the young unemployed in the week that new figures show a rise in the number of young out of work. The Sunday Programme, BBC Radio 4

Climate threat to Britain’s ancient buildings

A combination of the prolonged spells of extremely cold weather during the winters of 2009/10 and 2010/11; and the recent dry summers is posing a significant risk to the nation’s historic buildings. The church of St John the Baptist has stood for around 1,000 years…

Pupils escape Lichfield Close blaze

An exploding laptop is being blamed for a fire that tore through a historic part of Lichfield Cathedral School, although the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service says that investigations into the cause of the blaze are continuing. More than 200 children, aged between eight and…

Yorkshire diocese hosts international inter-faith dialogue

The diocese of Wakefield arranged a visit to Britain for a group of religious leaders and law enforcement officials from an area of pakistan where nine Christians were killed in Muslim-led riots.  Our reporter Gavin Drake spent the day with them in Yorkshire. The Sunday…

Judgment by employment tribunal upholds clergy office-holder status

The chairman of the House of Clergy in the diocese of Worcester, Canon Stuart Currie, has welcomed a judgment by the Birmingham employment tribunal that clergy are office-holders rather than employees. The Employment Judge, Alan McCarry, made the ruling after a claim brought by the…