Pensions Task Group recommends way forward
03 July 2006
The second report of the Archbishops' Task Group examining the Church of England's pensions policy is published today. It sets out developments since its first report on March 1st, analyses a number of possibilities and recommends a particular option for the Church to consider.
Archbishop – ‘Challenge and hope’ for the Anglican Communion
27 June 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has set out his thinking on the future of the Anglican Communion in the wake of the deliberations in the United States on the Windsor Report and the Anglican Communion at the 75th General Convention of The Episcopal Church (USA). ‘The Challenge and Hope of Being an Anglican Today, A Reflection for the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful of the Anglican Communion’, has been sent to Primates with a covering letter, published more widely and made available as audio on the internet.
Ethical investment: A challenging year
26 June 2006
The annual report of the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group, published today, sets out a challenging year - with the call on the Church to disinvest from Caterpillar, the US manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, as the dominant ethical investment issue.
Too few minority ethnic clergy but more in training
26 June 2006
The minority ethnic population is under-represented among the clergy of the Church of England, a survey has revealed, but efforts to attract more people from minority ethnic backgrounds to train for the priesthood and other vocations are bearing fruit. Only 2.2 per cent of clergy were from minority ethnic backgrounds in 2005, compared with 7.9 per cent of the working population in the 2001 census and 3.2 per cent of electoral roll members in 2002.
Key debates on women bishops, Faithful Cities report, further education, and major legislative proposals on agenda for General Synod
19 June 2006
Agenda also looks at environment (CO2 emissions), married couples’ tax allowance, work of the Church Commissioners, pensions, clergy terms of service, and the recent World Council of Churches Assembly.
Church opposes on-air appeals to fund TV
16 June 2006
The Church of England has opposed any relaxation of the rules against on-air appeals to fund television programmes in its submission to an Ofcom consultation on lifting the ban.
Church puts its money where its mouth is to connect with youth
13 June 2006
The Church of England has launched a £1 million national initiative to connect young people with the Christian message, with the support of a number of charitable trusts.
Churches call for greater Government commitment to collective worship in schools
12 June 2006
The country’s main Churches have today urged the Government to recognise the importance and support the place of daily collective worship in schools, stressing that school worship helps promote tolerance and understanding and prepares students for adult life by giving them an opportunity to express their spiritual nature.
Archbishops’ Council publishes response to consultation on sexual orientation discrimination
09 June 2006
The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England has today published a response to the Department of Trade and Industry’s Consultation on Proposals to Outlaw Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Provision of Goods and Services.
Churches call on Government to strengthen religion mandate in BBC Charter
07 June 2006
The Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church have called for a stronger mandate for religion in the BBC Charter and Agreement in a joint letter to Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport. Parliament will debate the Charter later this month.