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Archbishop Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ecumenical Christmas Letter

A Christmas letter to churches around the world from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Word made flesh who by the action of God and the obedience of His blessed Mother, the God bearer, came to dwell among us, Emmanuel. In November, I visited Pakistan to express solidarity […]

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop Welby praises new book on theology and church growth

The Archbishop of Canterbury has praised a new book on theology and church growth for asserting that Jesus Christ alone is the reason for growing churches. In a foreword to ‘Towards a Theology of Church Growth’, Archbishop Justin Welby says church growth is not about “survival” but about Christians imitating God by reaching out to […]

Iain Duncan Smith

Churches call government welfare sanctions ‘inhumane and un-Christian’

A group of churches has called for an urgent overhaul of the government’s benefits sanctions regime, describing it as punitive, inhumane and un-Christian. The churches say the sanctions regime deliberately causes harm to claimants, and suggest that it is aimed more at cutting welfare payments rather than helping people back into work. More than 1 […]

Meet Libby Lane – the first interview with the first woman bishop

Meet Libby Lane – the first interview with the first woman bishop

Why is Libby Lane the first woman bishop appointed by the Church of England? She was one of the first to be ordained as a vicar 20 years ago when the Church approved women priests, and today she was unveiled as the Bishop of Stockport, writes Isabel Hardman. But she was not one of the […]

Go-ahead for major church credit union

↑ Interview with Canon Antony MacRow-Wood. Fair returns to savers, fair interest rates on loans and the aspiration to be a flagship credit union are among the aims of the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union Ltd (CMCU) which has received formal authorisation from the regulatory authorities today. This has been a rigorous process undertaken by the […]

Church of England Commissioners buy Scottish land to become largest private commercial forestry investor in UK

Church of England Commissioners buy Scottish land to become largest private commercial forestry investor in UK

The Church Commissioners for England have announced the purchase of a forestry portfolio from UPM Tilhill for £49 million. The purchase means the Commissioners are the largest private commercial forestry investor in the UK. The new purchase comprises 15 separate forests, 13 of which are in Scotland and 2 in Wales, and includes two operating […]

One in three church leaders have low morale – what would cheer them up?

A clear vision is the most important factor in ministers’ morale, according to the author of a new book on clergy leadership. Vision trumps all kinds of external circumstances including heavy workloads, says the director of the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS). Graham Archer has written Don’t Lose Heart, part of the Grove Leadership Series, […]

Right Rev Michael Nazir-Ali

Anglicans increasingly take lead from the Pope, says bishop

Anglicans are increasingly looking to the Vatican to take the lead in standing up for Christians around the world, a prominent bishop has said. The Right Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the former bishop of Rochester, also called on the West to put an international force of soldiers on the ground in Iraq to safeguard its religious […]

Archbishop Justin Welby

Justin Welby: I broke down in tears at horror of Church child abuse

The Archbishop of Canterbury has told how he broke down in tears at learning of the horror of child abuse within the Church of England. The Most Rev Justin Welby said the details of sexual abuse dating back decades are “beyond description – terrible” and that he had been profoundly moved by the “shredding effect” […]

Rt Rev Paul Butler

Anglican bishop: Cardinals blocking Pope Francis move on gay and divorced Catholics ‘unaware’ of real life

Cardinals closeted in the Vatican are holding out against Pope Francis’s drive to make the Roman Catholic Church more welcoming to gay people and divorcees because of a “lack of awareness” of real life, a leading Anglican bishop has suggested. The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, one of a handful of non-Roman […]

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