- General Synod - Summary of business conducted on Tuesday 23rd November 2010 PM
23 November 2010
- General Synod - Summary of business conducted on Tuesday 23rd November 2010 - Inauguration
23 November 2010
- Church opposes News Corporation's purchase of BSkyB
22 November 2010
The Church of England has today added its voice to those calling for News Corporation not to be permitted to buy the remaining shares in broadcaster BSkyB.
- Lifting the curse of the plastic sheeting
19 November 2010
A ground-breaking initiative at Lambeth Palace on Tuesday (16 November) sought to reconcile one of the apparently irreconcilable priorities of our natural and man-made heritages: bats in churches.
- Interest in church weddings rising with over a third now planned online
18 November 2010
Visitors to the Archbishops’ Council’s Weddings Project website have increased in number by 74 per cent over the last year; over the 10 months to 31st October 2010 the site received more than 242,000 visitors, compared to 139,000 visitors during the same period in 2009.
- Schools Minister praises ‘excellent’ CofE academies
15 November 2010
“We very much value the contribution that Church of England schools and academies make to our education system,” said Schools Minister Lord Hill at the Church of England’s Academy Family Conference at Lambeth Palace today. The CofE is currently the largest provider of academies, with the majority replacing failing or vulnerable schools in areas of social deprivation.
- Faith and the Future of the Countryside – Final Recommendations
9 November 2010
The Government should enable affordable rural housing schemes to proceed where needed on the basis on a parish plan and not require complex and expensive referenda, and the Church should strengthen its contribution to sustainable communities as a basis for engaging with the Big Society agenda, a conference of churches and leading thinkers in rural affairs has recommended.
- Don’t cut rural mental health provision, urges Archbishop
5 November 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams said today that the provision of mental health services in the countryside must not be cut under the current Government Comprehensive Spending Review. He said this was his greatest concern when looking at the possible shrinkage of services in the rural communities.
- Synod to debate the Big Society and the Anglican Communion Covenant
1 November 2010
Her Majesty The Queen will inaugurate the Ninth General Synod of the Church of England in Church House, Westminster on Tuesday 23 November. The Inauguration ceremony will follow the Eucharist in Westminster Abbey, at which the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will preside and Dame Mary Tanner (a President of the World Council of Churches) will preach.
- Bishops’ office and working costs published
28 October 2010
The 2009 office and working costs of bishops in the Church of England are published today. Figures for individual bishops were first published, for the year 2000, in December 2001. Bishops’ office and working costs were previously published as a total figure.
- Church of England publishes latest statistics on web
28 October 2010
The Church of England has today published its latest information about parish income and expenditure and trends in ministry numbers in Church Statistics 2008/9. The attendance statistics included were published in February 2010.
- Lack of affordable housing could undermine the future of the countryside, bishop warns
27 October 2010
The 50 per cent cut in capital investment for affordable homes, announced in last week’s comprehensive spending review, could leave nearly half a million rural households without housing in the next quarter of a century – and risks a reversal in the hard-won five year fall in homelessness, the Rt Rev Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, will tell leading thinkers on rural economies, planning, policy and mission in rural communities, next week.
- Statement from the Bishop of London on the Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme
20 October 2010
Welcoming the announcement by the Department for Culture Media and Sport that the Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme, which reimburses VAT on repairs to listed places of worship, will continue, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, Bishop of London and Chair of the Church Heritage Forum, said:
- Bishop of Carlisle appointed as Lead Bishop on Healthcare Issues
20 October 2010
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have announced the appointment of the Bishop of Carlisle, The Rt Revd James Newcome, as lead bishop on healthcare issues.
- Vision Tour shows churches that 2012 Olympics are about More Than Gold
14 October 2010
- Church can't afford to ignore children's spirituality, argues researcher
22 April 2010
Ministering to children's spirituality is a core function for the Church rather than a luxury add-on, argues Dr Rebecca Nye in a new book from the Church of England's official publishers.
- Responding to God’s calling through life’s changing seasons - additional resources for Vocations Sunday
15 April 2010
People can reach a crossroads in their life for many reasons and wonder what is next - so new resources for Vocations Sunday 2010 (25th April) have been made available, alongside existing resources, to help congregation members, church groups, and website visitors, explore the theme of responding to God's calling, in the world and in the Church.
- Bishops mark 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration to stimulate debate on Europe’s future
15 April 2010
2010 marks the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, the founding document of the European Coal and Steel Community which over time developed to become the European Union of today.
- Resourcing those with a 'big heart' seeking election to the new General Synod
13 April 2010
More than one national election is taking place this year. A campaign is launched today to encourage "people with a very big heart" to stand for election to the General Synod of the Church of England.
- Strategic Defence Review can be a healthy stimulant to a long overdue national conversation about the identity of our country
6 April 2010
The Mission and Public Affairs Council of the Church of England has welcomed the Ministry of Defence’s Green Paper ahead of the Strategic Defence Review as a healthy stimulant to a long overdue national conversation about the identity of our country, its nature, its interests, its duties and its direction in a dark, volatile and troubled new world. All political parties are committed to holding the Review after the general election.
- Cathedrals set to welcome thousands to mark 'death and life' story of Easter
30 March 2010
Cathedrals preparing for Easter will be buoyed today by new figures showing that the number of worshippers attending cathedral services across the average week has increased by 24 per cent since 2000.
- Church publishes prayers for voters ahead of the General Election
25 March 2010
The Church of England has published prayers to help voters as they consider their options in the forthcoming General Election. The prayers remind voters that they can make a difference, ask that the concerns of all may be heard and seek protection from despair and cynicism.
- College follow-up inspection report published
25 March 2010
The Church of England today publishes the follow-up inspection report on one of its ministerial training colleges: Wycliffe Hall. Follow-up reports summarize what action has been taken in response to the recommendations made in the earlier inspection report.
- Next Bishop of Chelmsford comes home “hungry for us to be a church that connects with every person and every community”
22 March 2010
The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Reading, has been nominated by Her Majesty the Queen as Bishop of Chelmsford in succession to The Right Reverend John Gladwin. He will be the tenth Bishop of Chelmsford.
- Crucial third sector role for Church of England
16 March 2010
The third sector, including the Church of England, has a crucial role to play in using its voice to increase public demand for government action to make low carbon options available and attractive to the public.
- Dying Matters Awareness Week – Church encourages people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement
16 March 2010
- Cherish your churchyard
5 March 2010
Thousands of growing churches are preparing to celebrate Cherishing Churchyards Week this June as part of the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity.
- Green Paper on Rights and Responsibilities could do better
4 March 2010
The Church of England has warned that basic human rights cannot be made contingent on the exercise of responsibilities. In a response to the Ministry of Justice Green Paper on Rights and Responsibilities, the Mission and Public Affairs Council argues that connecting rights too closely with responsibilities risks undermining the inalienable nature of fundamental human rights.
- Inspection report on ministerial training institute published
2 March 2010
The Church of England today publishes the inspection report on one of its ministerial training institutes: the South East Institute for Theological Education.
- Response to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Policy for Prosecutors in Respect of Cases of Encouraging or Assisting Suicide
25 February 2010
The Mission and Public Affairs Division of the Church of England has responded to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Policy for Prosecutors in Respect of Cases of Encouraging or Assisting Suicide.