This week’s edition

We lead this week with the news that one of the biggest Episcopal churches in Edinburgh has decided to leave the denomination because of the Church’s decision to allow same-sex marriages. Although a spokesman for the SEC said that the numbers choosing to leave were ‘small,’ the Rector of St Thomas’s told us why they had been forced into their decision.

 

And in Wales we report on a summit being organized by the Church there to discuss the growing numbers of children growing up in poverty. The Archbishop of Wales welcomed the Children’s Commissioner to a panel discussion at the National Eisteddfod.

 

Back home, the leading insurer Ecclesiastical revealed this week that they have given more than £130,000 to parishes thanks to a promotion where individuals who take a policy with them get a donation of £130 to the parish of their choice. There is still time to take advantage of this offer!

 

On the international front we report from Zimbabwe following the recent general election there. Find out what the churches had to say about it on page 4 this wek.

 

As we commemorated the Battle of Amiens this week, Alan Storkey looks at the claim that it was the ‘war to end all wars’ while in our leader column we look at the Government’s planned changes to the law on organ donations.

 

Tim Livesey looks at the brief for Lord Ahmed, who was named recently as the Government’s new envoy on Freedom of Religion and Belief. In a joint article from Chris Sugden and Vinay Samuel they raise some questions following the recent hearings at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. And Andrew Carey calls for a Church inquiry into the activities of John Smyth.

 

We also hear from CBM, the Christian Blind Mission, about their plans for a special CBM Sunday later this year. Paul Richardson reviews an important new book on Christian ethics while Steve Parish reviews a new film about the best-selling Christian song in history. But is it worth a church outing to see it?

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