The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has appointed a clergyman as its senior chaplain, but emphasises that his role will be to ensure that the diverse pastoral and spiritual needs of the service are met.
It can be hard to quantify the benefit of having chaplains, says Mark Vernon. Their work is not amenable to a cost-benefit analysis. But that does not mean it has no value or effect, just that it has to be assessed in human rather than statistical terms.
A report published by the think tank Ekklesia suggests that the high-profile conflict between a number of Christian Unions and Students' Unions need not end in legal action ‚Ä' which would be damaging to all concerned.