Welcome for change to child detention rules

The Bishop of Bradford has welcomed Government plans to end the detention of children in immigration centres. In a debate in the House of Lords Bishop David James said that the line of the Queen’s Speech which promised an end to the practice “warms my heart more than any other part”. He said: “The locking […]

Taking the Gospel to every tribe and nation — even Patois

Taking the Gospel to every tribe and nation — even Patois

MORE THAN 250 worshippers gathered in the East London borough of Hackney, London, to welcome the first-ever recording of Luke’s Gospel in Jamaican Patois. Held at Christian Life City Church, it is a foretaste of things to come, with the completed translation of the entire New Testament in Patois planned for 2012. To bursts of […]

Listening goes on through the Indaba process

Listening goes on through the Indaba process

By Bob Libby “INDABA” was introduced into the vocabulary of the Anglican Communion in April of 2008, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, as he prepared for the arrival of more than 600 bishops at their once every 10 year gathering known as the Lambeth Conference. INDABA is a southern African […]

Bishop of Guildford takes Lords seat

Bishop of Guildford takes Lords seat

The Bishop of Guildford, Christopher Hill, took his seat in the House of Lords on Thursday, May 27. While reading his oath, Bishop Hill was supported by the Bishop of Bradford, David James, and the Bishop of Leicester, Tim Stevens. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishops of London, Durham and Winchester are […]

‘Don’t politicise our police’

‘Don’t politicise our police’

Directly elected commissioners risks politicising policing, the Bishop of Bristol has warned. Bishop Michael Hill (pictured) said that the Government’s plan may allow “eccentric or even sinister” local interests to influence operations. The new Government’s Police and Responsibility Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech, would provide for “directly elected individuals to hold the police to […]

Highlighting a major failure in the ministry of today’s Church

Sir, The brave and honest article by Catherine McLoughlin on Singleness in the Modern Church (May 14) spotlights a longstanding and major failing in the Church’s ministry. She rightly highlights the desperate disparity in the numbers of men and women in the church and the tragic neglect in addressing this issue. If there are too […]

Christian agencies fear jeopardy from cuts

Christian agencies fear jeopardy from cuts

GOVERNMENT CUTS to Welfare to Work and volunteer schemes have cast a swathe of Christian initiatives into jeopardy. Both the Salvation Army and the Oasis Trust have had to cancel or put on hold schemes at the news that the Future Jobs Fund (FJF) is to be scrapped. The FJF was one of the first […]

Synod urged to be respectful in women debate

A THINLY-VEILED plea to Anglican “MPs” on both side of the women bishops controversy to show “respect, courtesy and understanding” to each other has been issued by the bishop at the centre of the bitter row. Bishop of Manchester Nigel McCulloch, who heads the General Synod’s steering group, wants members of the Church’s parliament to […]

Bishop blasts trendy funerals

Bishop blasts trendy funerals

NEW funeral practices — among them the absence of a body and calling the service a “celebration” of the dead person’s life –—should be laid to rest, according to a northern bishop. Bus pass holder Peter Forster, the Bishop of Chester, admits he has been thinking about funerals partly because, now 60, he has just […]

Saddened by singleness issue

Sir, I was fascinated, but also saddened, to read Catherine McLoughlin’s article about being single in the modern church. Catherine wrote with honesty and was not afraid to reject easy answers and false comfort. She wrote movingly of the pain suffered by some single women when they realize that marriage and motherhood is never to […]