church of england

  • February 10, 2011

    Baptism is much more than a comforting ritual, says Savi Hensman. It is to be marked with the sign of a condemned criminal, to refuse imprisoning and narrow identities, to face up to mortality, and to be immersed in a new world where justice and peace reign.

  • February 2, 2011

    Ten Church of England bishops have backed a change from the first-past-the-post voting system to the Alternative Vote system.

  • January 22, 2011

    Overall, established Church of England leaders – in contrast to those of some other churches – have been only mildly critical of a government introducing some of the harshest economic and social policies in recent decades, says Savi Hensman. Fidelity to the radical message of the Gospel, and to the vocation of the Christian community, requires more.

  • January 20, 2011

    The re-election of Christina Rees to the C of E Archbishops' Council is a sign that the church's mainstream wants to move forward on the ordination of women bishops.

  • December 25, 2010

    A very curious thing happened this afternoon. The Queen began her traditional Christmas Day television and radio broadcast with seven paragraphs on "the King James, or Authorised, Bible, which next year [2011] will be exactly four centuries old"... before concluding that it was all done "to build communities and create harmony, and one of the most powerful ways of doing this is through sport and games."

  • December 6, 2010

    In November 2010, the Church of England moved a step further to accepting an Anglican Covenant which could be used to discipline member churches – though those it was meant to placate firmly rejected it. Savi Hensman suggests that in its present form the Covenant is set to cause more problems than it solves.

  • November 25, 2010

    The No Anglican Covenant Coalition has said that while it is disappointed that the C of E General Synod has voted for the Covenant, the issue is far from resolved.

  • November 25, 2010

    The General Synod of the Church of England has voted in favour of the Anglican Covenant, but influential conservative leaders have firmly rejected it.

  • November 24, 2010
  • November 24, 2010

    As the C of E General Synod discusses the proposed Anglican Covenant, campaigners are pushing hard for a debate about the potential risks involved.