Both the local and national press could do better on religion coverage

Apr 20, 2021 by

by Peter Crumpler, Christian Today: The vital role played by local newspapers and radio in encouraging greater understanding of faith has been highlighted by a newly-published parliamentary report. I say Amen to that. ‘Learning to Listen’, produced by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religion in the Media, highlights the positive role played by local and regional media in reporting religion in a “balanced, nuanced and informative way.” It forms part of a...

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BBC Panorama programme ‘Is the Church Racist?’

Apr 20, 2021 by

Statement from the Church of England: The BBC Panorama programme ‘Is the Church Racist?’ tonight explored allegations of racism and discrimination within the Church of England. The programme includes interviews with a number of UK Minority Ethnic clergy as well as laity and those training for ordained ministry about experiences within the Church. We have worked with the producers to provide information and a response to a number of issues raised. The allegations – whether involving individuals...

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Covid Prayer Notes and the Queen

Apr 20, 2021 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: Here are this weeks prayer notes (I prepare them very week for the Christians United ‘Call to Prayer)  It strikes me that all the promises about society getting back to normal because of the vaccine are coming unstuck.  The world has just had the worst week for Covid infections, the UK is progressing but staying with some draconian restrictions, and Australia has decided to turn itself into a giant prison – apparently, the policy is that we won’t be let out...

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Biden admin axes Trump rules limiting experimentation on aborted babies

Apr 20, 2021 by

by David McLoone, LifeSite: President Joe Biden’s administration overturned restrictions on Friday relating to federal funding of the use of fetal tissue – body parts of aborted babies – for experimental purposes. The policy reverses a ban put in place by former President Donald Trump limiting federal funding for such research. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which superintends the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced Friday that it would be revoking the Trump-era...

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Primates and bishops welcome Anglican Network in Europe.

Apr 19, 2021 by

Primates and bishops welcome Anglican Network in Europe.  Over 170 people from 14 countries from Australia to Chile took part in the online commissioning service of the Anglican Network in Europe on Monday evening April 19. Presiding Bishop Andy Lines welcomed participants from the two convocations, the Anglican Mission in England and the Anglican Convocation Europe.  AMIE is composed mainly of churches which began life as church plants, and ACE of churches which found it increasingly...

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Bishop William H. Love: the Once and Future Bishop

Apr 19, 2021 by

by David Virtue, Virtueonline: He looks relieved. His nightmare is over. Bishop William H. Love is out of the Episcopal Church and is safely ensconced in the Anglican Church in North America under the aegis of Bishop Julian Dobbs and the Anglican Diocese of the Living Word. The relief must be palpable. No more going to Episcopal General Conventions to get beaten up verbally, alternatively ignored and made to feel like a pariah because he stood up and told the truth. No more shaming by...

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The Church’s Soul-Care Moment

Apr 19, 2021 by

by Scott Mehl, The Gospel Coalition: The past year has been filled with challenges and difficulties, from the risk of COVID-19 to its various lockdowns and restrictions; from the protests of the summer to the election to the events of January 6. But underneath the headlines and debates, underneath the health-department orders and tweet storms, has been a steady stream of human suffering. Wounded People Require Soul Care This year has left a trail of hurting, struggling, confused, and isolated...

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Government asked about progress in supporting persecuted Christians around the world

Apr 19, 2021 by

by Cara Bentley, Premier: The Government has been asked for an update on the progress of the Bishop of Truro’s recommendations to the Foreign Office on how to stop Christian persecution worldwide. DUP MP and Christian Jeffrey Donaldson (…) asked in a written question: “what progress his Department has made in implementing the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review of his Department’s work to support persecuted Christians.” The Bishop of...

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Parliamentary group calls for greater religious literacy in the media

Apr 19, 2021 by

from Christian Today: Religion should be part of the required training for journalists to improve their religious literacy and avoid stereotyping, a major new report from parliamentarians has said. ‘Learning to Listen’, by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Religion in Media, says journalists would benefit from using the many resources offered by religious institutions to solve the “pervasive” and “well-founded” perception among faith groups of...

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An open letter from Clergymen to all pro life MLAs in the Stormont Assembly and Executive

Apr 19, 2021 by

from Centre for Bioethical Reform Northern Ireland: We the undersigned, We are grievously concerned with Westminster’s latest move to strip Stormont of all authority on the issue of abortion. This could lead to a 400+% increase in abortions i.e., approximately 6,500 babies being killed in their mothers’ wombs every year. Westminster’s legislation would: – allow the Secretary of State to alter our laws and make them even more liberal in the future. – allow the Secretary of State the...

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