Religion and Society

  • 16 Jul 2014

    The President of the Methodist Conference has welcomed the Church of England's General Synod vote in favour of allowing women to become bishops.

  • 15 Jul 2014

    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.

  • 14 Jul 2014

    The General Synod of the Church of England has given its final approval for women to become bishops in the Church of England.

  • 14 Jul 2014

    Quakers in Britain have sent an open letter to the Foreign Secretary William Hague on the escalating conflict in Gaza, calling on him to ensure all sides are heard.

  • 10 Jul 2014

    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.

  • 9 Jul 2014

    Westminster Abbey has again drawn criticism over its treatment of protesters after threatening to evict Christians singing hymns outside a nearby arms conference.

  • 9 Jul 2014

    The most bizarre moment of today’s vigil outside an arms conference at Church House was when Westminster Abbey’s staff told us that we were not allowed to sing hymns on their land.

  • 9 Jul 2014

    A conference sponsored by arms companies will take place at Church House this morning, as Christian opponents of the arms trade pray and protest outside.

  • 9 Jul 2014

    The Church House Conference Centre, located in the Church of England's administrative headquarters near Westminster Abbey, is again to host a conference sponsored by arms dealers.

  • 8 Jul 2014

    The ‘common good’ and support for current and former soldiers are among the topics to be discussed at the Church of England’s general synod in July 2014. Savi Hensman suggests that the institutional Church of England in its current form may be too heavily compromised by its closeness to the “principalities and powers” to be fully effective in seeking justice and peace. She argues that it will have to face a death of sorts in order to be renewed in Christ.