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General Synod to debate Independent Safeguarding Board closure

A motion has been tabled for this weekend's Generfal Synod meeting in York, calling on the Archbishops’ Council, working with its Audit Committee, to commission an independent inquiry led by a senior lawyer (judge or King’s Counsel) into the safeguarding bodies, functions, policies and practice in and of the Church of England, to report within a maximum period of 12 months, and for a subsequent debate by the Synod to enable it to make decisions about future safeguarding in the Church of England.

Southwell and Nottingham General Synod member calls for safeguarding changes

A member of the Church of England’s General Synod who campaigns against gender-based violence is calling for changes to the way the Church of England tackles safeguarding. Gavin Drake has tabled two Private Members Motions (PMMs) which may be selected for debate by the Synod if they attract the signatures of 100 other General Synod […]

Why can’t we have culturally relevant Christian TV in the UK?

In October last year I was invited by Sat-7, the Arabic Christian television network, to visit their studios in Cairo. I was impressed by what I saw: a small team of dedicated professionals committed to serving the church in their locality with culturally-relevant locally-produced programmes. Christians in Egypt are experiencing something of a transformation as […]

Today the Irish, tomorrow the Germans: Let us remember them together

Today, the Irish government will receive an official invitation to take part in the Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph: the UK’s annual flagship memorial event attended by the Queen and senior members of the royal family, senior politicians from across the political divides, former prime ministers, High Commissioners from Commonwealth countries, religious leaders, military officers […]

Walsall manager Dean Smith on transfers, injuries, pre-season games, and the season ahead

This morning the Walsall squad were put through their paces by manager Dean Smith, head coach Richard O’Kelly and Physio Jon Whitney at an open training session on the Banks’s Stadium pitch. It is a simple idea that the club has run a few times now in recent years and, as always, it began with a […]