It is hoped that some twenty thousand people will return to church with a friend this weekend (Sunday 30 September 2007) as part of a major co-ordinated effort by the Church of England to pack the pews in around 2,000 participating churches.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has appointed Paula Clifford on a six month secondment from the UK-based international development agency Christian Aid to help further the Church of England's quest for sustainable solutions to climate change.
The UK human rights campaigner and Green Party parliamentary candidate Peter Tatchell has reacted strongly to news that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will seek to persuade US Anglican bishops to backtrack on gay inclusion and equality.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is set to hold a confidential meeting with lesbian and gay members of the Church of England, to complement his attempts to communicate with conservative activists, claims a newspaper.
Local people’s access to the planning system should not be sacrificed to speed up decision making and planning legislation should tackle the proliferation of gated communities, the Church of England has told the government.
Preserving religious freedom, including the right to manifest diverse beliefs, is a cornerstone of an open, liberal and tolerant society, the C of E Archbishops’ Council says in its response to proposals for a Single Equality Bill. Others say the Church is being too defensive.
Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu has made an emotional appeal to Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams to invite all Anglican bishops to the 2008 global Lambeth Conference, "even those irregularly consecrated or actively gay."
In a move which could signal a longer-term shift in its ministry, the role of deacons as missionaries to their local communities should be taken more seriously, argues a report from the Church of England’s Faith and Order Advisory Group published last week.
Despite a significant overall fall-off over the past 30 years, more than 171,000 GCSE students are opening envelopes to reveal their grades in Religious Education today, an increase of 7.2 per cent in those taking the full course since 2006.