Health care demanded

Health care demanded

The Bishop of Wakefield has questioned the Government about when it will implement proposals from a report into the treatment of prisoners with mental health problems. Bishop Stephen Platten pointed at question time in the House of Lords to the Government’s desire to shift mental health cases “from prison and custodial sentences”. He asked justice […]

New Synod to debate wide church agenda

CHURCH SHARING for Anglicans and Catholics, the Big Society, revised marriage laws and clergy discipline measures are all on the agenda for the new November Synod. At a press meeting at Church House on Monday, the Secretary-General, William Fittall, the Clerk to the Synod, David Williams, and the Legal Adviser, Stephen Slack, briefed journalists on […]

Sunday vigil to highlight sham Burmese elections

Sunday vigil to highlight sham Burmese elections

Burmese refugees are pairing with SoulSpace, a Bradford city centre church, to hold a vigil in Centenary Square on Sunday November 7 at 6pm to spotlight the Burmese ‘sham’ elections. Set to take place on Sunday, Burma’s first elections in 20 years are laden with a flawed electoral process that has been labelled as a […]

Are we fiddling while Rome burns?

Are we fiddling while Rome burns?

By Michael Lawson Legend has it that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. In AD 64 when fire swept through Rome for five-and-a-half days, the effects were devastating. Ten of Rome’s 14 districts were severely damaged; and for three districts the impact of the fire was so intense they were simply wiped out, destroyed by the […]

Archbishop’s sadness at Baghdad church raid

FOLLOWING THE death of 52 Catholics in a raid on a Baghdad church, the Archbishop of Canterbury has issued his condolences. The attack on Sunday was the deadliest on a Christian minority since 2003 and an investigation was launched this week. It is not yet known how the al-Qaeda-linked gunmen broke through security into the […]

Recipe: Cold Turkey & Ham Pie with Cranberry topping

Recipe: Cold Turkey & Ham Pie with Cranberry topping

Serves4–6 Pastry 450g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 60g cold butter, cut into cubes 60g cold lard, cut into cubes CRANBERRY TOPPING 500g fresh cranberries 250g kumquats, sliced thinly 250g caster sugar 6 allspice berries 1 cinnamon stick 3 tbsp port 2 gelatine leaves FILLING 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp […]

Helping smaller churches

Helping smaller churches

By Julian Mann The Rev Jonathan Fletcher made a significant intervention at the recent Reform national conference in support of small parish churches. The vicar of Emmanuel Wimbledon and Reform trustee argued that large churches should not merely be looking to grow themselves but to give people away to smaller churches. It is the case […]

Hope is reborn for churches

Hope is reborn for churches

By Lucy Cooper Public service cuts are making headlines. Unemployment threatens many families. The fall-out from the economic crisis still means money is tight. Meanwhile charities, churches and community groups are being presented with the challenge of turning the Big Society concept into reality: effectively doing more, with less. But churches nationwide are already stepping […]

No Tea please – we’re British

No Tea please – we’re British

Whatever the results of the US midterm elections, there can be no doubting the impact of the voice of ‘middle America’ against the ‘liberal elite’, in the form of the now famous ‘Tea Party’ movement. The theme of the tea party goes back to the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when American colonists dumped three […]