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Women bishops approved: welcome step towards inclusion

Women bishops approved: welcome step towards inclusion

The Church of England’s general synod has given the go-ahead for women to be bishops. The move won the required minimum of two-thirds of votes among bishops and both lay and clergy representatives at the gathering in York. (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/20648) For some synod votes, the three ‘houses’ vote separately and a simple majority is not enough.

Lethal proposal for people with depression unable to work

Lethal proposal for people with depression unable to work

People in the UK unable to work because of depression may have their benefits stopped if they do not undergo cognitive behavioural therapy, which it is assumed will cure them, a newspaper has reported. If this plan goes ahead, sizeable numbers of mentally ill people are likely to die.

Giveaway sale as public services struggle to cope

Giveaway sale as public services struggle to cope

Low share prices when the UK government privatised Royal Mail cost the taxpayer around £1 billion, a parliamentary committee has reported. Meanwhile the National Health Service and social services are in financial crisis.

Licence refused to married gay hospital chaplain

Licence refused to married gay hospital chaplain

A Church of England bishop has refused a licence to Jeremy Pemberton, a hospital chaplain, because he married his partner Laurence Cunnington. This may prevent him from taking up a new job closer to his home. This has further strained church’s leaders’ already tense relationship with those seeking greater inclusion.

LGBT Methodists may marry, Conference agrees

Clergy and laypersons should not get into trouble for marrying their same-sex partners, the Methodist Church in Britain agreed. For the time being, only opposite-sex couples will be allowed to marry in church. But a two-year period of study and discussion will examine whether this should change.

Punishing married gay clergy is Church of England own goal

Punishing married gay clergy is Church of England own goal

A Church of England bishop has severely disciplined a priest for marrying his same-sex partner, while a gay vicar in another diocese has also got married.

US Presbyterian pastors free to marry same sex couples

US Presbyterian pastors free to marry same sex couples

Pastors can, if they wish, marry same-sex couples in areas where this is legal, the Presbyterian Church (USA) has decided. The general assembly also called for a change in how marriage is defined, if a majority of presbyteries agree.

Is harshness to sick, disabled and poor people increasing ‘welfare’ costs?

Is harshness to sick, disabled and poor people increasing ‘welfare’ costs?

Successive UK governments have made it harder for people in need to get social security, at a devastating human cost. Public services have also been cut, supposedly to save money. Might this have ended up costing taxpayers more?

‘Buddhist’ extremists attack Muslims in Sri Lanka

‘Buddhist’ extremists attack Muslims in Sri Lanka

At least three Muslims were shot dead in southern Sri Lanka after a hardline ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ group went on the rampage. Dozens more were injured and buildings set alight as the Bodu Bala Sena marched on Aluthgama and surrounding areas.

Harsh choices for UK families below the breadline

Harsh choices for UK families below the breadline

The use of food banks in the UK rose dramatically in 2013/14, a report published on 9 June revealed. A gripping documentary shown on the same day focused on the experience of children living on or below the breadline.