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Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:48

The first British clergyman to marry a same-sex partner has had a job offer as an NHS chaplain withdrawn after a Bishop revoked his permission to officiate.

PM reaffirms Britain is a “Christian country”  – British Social Attitudes figures suggest otherwise

PM reaffirms Britain is a “Christian country” – British Social Attitudes figures suggest otherwise

Posted: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:19

Prime Minister David Cameron has again stood by his assertion that Britain is a "Christian country", saying he believes "very deeply that we should be confident in that status as a nation".

New Anglican schools to operate ‘open admissions’ policies

New Anglican schools to operate ‘open admissions’ policies

Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:59

The Church of England's chief education officer has indicated that new CofE schools will adopt 'open admissions' policy but will still be "rooted in Christian heritage".

Another church backtracks over chancel repair liability

Another church backtracks over chancel repair liability

Posted: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:32

A church in East Yorkshire has become the latest to back down after facing opposition to its plans to use an ancient land law to make residents pay for church repairs.

Church of England School refuses parish council appeal to change faith-based admissions criteria

Church of England School refuses parish council appeal to change faith-based admissions criteria

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:47

A Church of England school near Sevenoaks, Kent has refused an appeal by the local parish council to end discrimination against non-churchgoers.

Prime Minister calls on Christians to be more "evangelical"

Prime Minister calls on Christians to be more "evangelical"

Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:20

In his most recent effort to highlight his strong Christian faith and the importance of Christianity within the UK, David Cameron has called for Christians to be more "evangelical".

Church of England bids to open school on major new housing development

Church of England bids to open school on major new housing development

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:36

The Church of England is bidding to run the first primary school which will be built on a major new housing development in Kettering.

CofE General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams urges Jamaica to keep law that criminalises homosexuality

CofE General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams urges Jamaica to keep law that criminalises homosexuality

Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:19

Church of England General Synod member, Andrea Minichiello Williams, has urged the Jamaican Government to keep the law that criminalises homosexuality and carries a potential penalty of ten years hard labour.

New paper calls for secular ceremony of remembrance at the Cenotaph

New paper calls for secular ceremony of remembrance at the Cenotaph

Posted: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:58

A new academic paper examining the origins of the Cenotaph and the ceremonies surrounding it has questioned the role of the Church of England at the annual remembrance ceremony.

New evidence that churches are completely out of step with society

New evidence that churches are completely out of step with society

Posted: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:55

New research for the Westminster Faith Debates shows that the Church of England is not only wildly out of step with the country at large, but also with its own members.

Church to take over thousands of community schools

Church to take over thousands of community schools

Posted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:54

The Church of England has struck a deal with the Government that will allow it to take control of thousands of non-religious community schools.

NSS warns thousands of homes could become worthless as a result of an ancient church tax

NSS warns thousands of homes could become worthless as a result of an ancient church tax

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:42

The Government has announced that it has no intention of changing the law on chancel repair liability – leaving tens of thousands of home-owners with houses that are potentially unsaleable.

Bishops come under fire but Lords Reform now looks a distant prospect

Bishops come under fire but Lords Reform now looks a distant prospect

Posted: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:17

An attempt by the Government to reform the House of Lords looks doomed after 91 Conservative MPs defied their party whip this week and voted against plans for a mainly elected second chamber. During the two day debate there was much criticism of the plans to retain the bench of Church of England bishops.

Lords Reform Bill fails to remove religious privilege

Lords Reform Bill fails to remove religious privilege

Posted: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:10

Church of England Bishops will retain reserved seats in the House of Lords according to proposals published today by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Equal marriage: Church’s submission “erroneous”, says lawyer

Equal marriage: Church’s submission “erroneous”, says lawyer

Posted: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:07

The Church of England's failure to distinguish between social, religious and legal institutions of marriage "confuses the issues" according to a legal opinion obtained by the National Secular Society about the Church's controversial response to the Government's consultation on equal marriage. The consultation has just closed.

We will pick up your VAT bill, Chancellor tells the Church

We will pick up your VAT bill, Chancellor tells the Church

Posted: Fri, 18 May 2012 15:04

A concerted campaign by churches has led to the Chancellor agreeing to set aside £30 million per annum to compensate places of worship following the removal of the zero VAT rating concession for alterations to listed buildings announced in the budget.

Church wants another tax privilege

Church wants another tax privilege

Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:28

The Church of England is up in arms that the Government has removed zero-rated VAT status from the cost of alterations to listed buildings – without giving the Church an exemption.

Lords Reform Committee to recommend retention of the bishops' bench

Lords Reform Committee to recommend retention of the bishops' bench

Posted: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:40

According to a BBC report, recommendations from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on House of Lord Reform due to be published in April will include keeping the Bishops' Bench but reducing the number from 26 to 12.

Church of England proposes large-scale expansion of its influence in education

Church of England proposes large-scale expansion of its influence in education

Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:14

A new Church of England report says that it intends to expand the number of Church schools and calls for a new "concordat" between the Church and state to "reinforce and enhance" the Church's influence throughout the education system.

Church of England schools flouting daily worship law

Church of England schools flouting daily worship law

Posted: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 13:57

A survey by The Sunday Times has found that 40% of Church of England 'faith schools' are flouting the law that requires all state funded schools to provide a daily act of collective worship.

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