Did you know that the C of E offers a daily news service? You can see today’s online here. As well as carrying news releases from the archbishops and national church it has links to many items in the media. The awful attacks in France have provoked some rather thoughtful pieces on matters do with faith and society.
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Archbishop of Canterbury receives Durham honorary degree
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Week in Westminster, 5-9 January
This week bishops in the House of Lords took part in a debate on early years intervention and asked questions on climate change, Ukraine, FGM, air pollution and electricity imports. During prayers in the House, the Bishop of St Albans led Peers in a minute’s silence following the terrorist attacks in Paris. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner welcomed news that the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill will be debated by MPs on the 19th January. More details at:
Today’s Media Coverage
Report that the Archbishop of Canterbury has described the shooting at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as “a moment for courage“. Justin Welby was speaking before receiving an honorary degree from Durham University, where he studied for ordination.
Report that the Church of England is to carry out a review of one of its former homes, Kendall House in Gravesend, where it is claimed children were forcibly drugged. The Bishop of Rochester, James Langstaff, has announced an independent review.
Report that Heather Cook, a bishop in the diocese of Maryland (US Episcopal Church) will face charges of drunken driving and manslaughter after fatally striking a cyclist in late December. The report says the national Episcopal Church has announced it has opened its own investigation.
Loose Canon column: Giles Fraser writes that despite being atheists, the Charlie Hebdo Paris satirists from are from a long theological tradition of disrespecting religious images.
Opinion article on the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks saying secularism is not the solution but the problem and that the death of faith in the West makes it harder to engage with Islam but we must try, for the sake of social cohesion.
A feature article looks at marriages between religious and non-religious people, and asks three couples how they deal with differences in belief.
And finally …..
An article warning “Watch what you tweet – there’s no such thing as off duty in an age of corporate conscience.” The author adds: “Post something ill-judged and get the sack for it? I’m afraid it’s only fair”.
The Very Rev Professor Robin Barbour, KCVO, MC, theologian and academic described as one of Scotland’s most distinguished churchmen.
Mark Steele writes ‘Charlie Hebdo –Norway’s Christians didn’t have to apologise for Anders Breivik, and it’s the same for Muslims now’
Archbishop Cranmer: Government immigration clampdown targets Christian organisations
Brother Ivo: The irony of Charlie Hebdo’s agreement with the Koran
Law and Religion: Sham marriage/civil partnership and the law – update
Wi-Fi in Churches, health effects, courts’ jurisdiction and locus standi
Resistance and Renewal: We cannot pretend this violence has nothing to do with Religion
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