Diocese of Liverpool to pilot a voluntary furlough scheme for curates

Apr 25, 2020 by

On Monday 27th April a number of volunteer curates across our diocese will start a four week period of furlough. In a first for the Church of England the pilot scheme is part of the many prudent actions we are taking to manage our finances through the current crisis. It enables the diocese to use the Government’s Job Retention Scheme in the same way it has furloughed staff at St James House. We believe this decisive, prudent action will mitigate the financial impact of the crisis and ease...

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“Stratospheric” costs of “ugly” new Lambeth Palace Library need explanation

Apr 2, 2020 by

Anglican Mainstream report: Satirical magazine Private Eye claims in its latest edition (issue 1519) that the final costs of the new building to house the priceless collection of old books in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s residence will cost £40 million. The article, in the magazine’s architecture section ‘Nooks and Corners’, begins by questioning the building’s architectural merits – “a strong contender for the ugliest building of the year”. The accompanying photo shows an ‘eastern...

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Church of England launches first LGBTI chaplaincy service to make Christianity a ‘safe space for all’

Mar 30, 2020 by

by Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph: The chaplaincy service – which volunteers claim provides a ‘lifeline’ for some congregants – marks the first scheme of its kind. The Church of England’s first LGBTI chaplaincy service has been launched in a bid to make Christianity a “safe space for everyone”. The chaplaincy service, based in the Diocese of Oxford, features eight voluntary chaplains offering support to members of the LGBTI community in the form of a cup of coffee, a...

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Church of England attracts largest ‘congregation’ ever with first virtual service

Mar 24, 2020 by

from the Church of England Media Centre: The Church of England attracted its largest  ‘congregation’ ever yesterday, in spite of the suspension of public worship in its churches to stem the spread of coronavirus. The national virtual service recorded in the crypt chapel of Lambeth Palace and led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is estimated to have been seen or heard by around five million people. This figure includes one million streaming on Facebook, with around two million...

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As we confront mortality, why do our bishops have so little to say?

Mar 19, 2020 by

by Damian Thompson with Gavin Ashenden, Spectator:   Do you sense that something is missing in the churches’ response to the coronavirus? No one can fault them for ignoring the dangers of spreading the virus: bishop after bishop has taken the difficult decision to suspend public worship, and offered sensible advice about precautionary measures their flocks can take. And, in many cases, that’s about it. Indeed, many church leaders, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, sound...

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Archbishops call for Church of England to become radically different as public worship put on hold to help stem spread of coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020 by

Press Release from Church of England website: The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus. In a joint letter, Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu said it was now necessary to put public services on hold until further notice. But they said that far from having to “shut up shop”, the Church of England must face the challenge...

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