church of england

  • January 5, 2014

    Former Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali has criticised a proposed alternative baptism service. This is being piloted in a number of churches before the Church of England decides whether to let it be used more widely. While the church should try to make worship widely accessible, changes that make getting baptised seem less meaningful should be avoided.

  • December 26, 2013

    Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has identified facing down poverty as a key priority for the church in the coming year.

  • December 23, 2013

    The Anglican Bishop of Warrington has said Britain risks "losing the safety net" of the benefit system.

  • December 21, 2013
  • December 9, 2013

    In 2011, Symon Hill was on a pilgrimage of repentance for homophobia when he heard that the Church of England had launched another consultation process on sexuality. The process has led to the Piling Report, which speaks of being more welcoming while promoting policies that say the opposite. There are some good aspects to the report, but it is likely to make little difference to the lives of Christians in their own churches and communities, he suggests. It is a reminder that we cannot rely on hierarchical church processes - change will come from below, not from above.

  • December 8, 2013

    A Church of England working party report on sexuality suggests that clergy be allowed to hold public services to mark same-sex partnerships. Some critics have complained that allowing too much flexibility might seem to affirm what the church still officially regards as wrong.

  • December 5, 2013

    The Church of England has released a new app to help more people to follow Sunday services using their mobile devices.

  • December 1, 2013

    Churches with different views in heated debates about sexuality actually share common ground and can move forward despite their differences, says a new paper from the Christian think-tank Ekklesia.

  • December 1, 2013

    Ekklesia associate Savitri Hensman will be appearing on the BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme, and then on local station Radio Berkshire, on the morning of Sunday 1 December – talking about the Pilling report on sexuality in the Church of England, and hopefully getting the chance to mention her own important Ekklesia research paper, 'Church views on sexuality: recovering the middle ground'.

  • November 30, 2013

    Clergy should be free to hold services for same-sex couples, a Church of England working party has urged, while not embracing full inclusion at present.