General Synod hails reconciliation as Christians mark 500th anniversary of the Reformation

General Synod hails reconciliation as Christians mark 500th anniversary of the Reformation

The Church of England’s General Synod has welcomed signs of “convergence” between churches on key doctrinal differences which divided Christians for centuries in the wake of the Reformation. Members of the Synod, meeting in London, backed a motion supporting further reconciliation between Roman Catholic and reformed churches as Christians around the world commemorate the 500th […]

Church of England launches new educational foundation

Church of England launches new educational foundation

The Church of England is launching its Foundation for Educational Leadership on Saturday 4th February with a national conference. The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership will provide leadership development training for those holding key roles in education, and is a major intervention by the Church in the education sector. In advance of the […]

The House of Bishops report on marriage to be discussed in General Synod

The House of Bishops report on marriage to be discussed in General Synod

The Church of England’s law and guidance on marriage should be interpreted to provide “maximum freedom” for gay and lesbian people without changing the Church’s doctrine of marriage itself, bishops are recommending. A report from the House of Bishops to be discussed by the Church’s General Synod next month upholds the teaching, recognised by canon […]

Publication of General Synod Papers

Publication of General Synod Papers

The Church of England needs to undergo a major “culture shift” to mobilise lay members to spread the gospel in their everyday lives, a new report being presented to members of the General Synod argues. The report, entitled “Setting God’s People Free” calls for Christians to be equipped to live out their faith in every […]

Church renewal gains momentum with £9 million for new projects

Church renewal gains momentum with £9 million for new projects

Underlining its commitment to renewing the Church across England, over £9.1million has been awarded by the Archbishops’ Council to seven dioceses for projects from East London to Worcestershire and Sussex to Liverpool. The grants are part of the strategic development funding stream that began in 2014 and from which 20 dioceses have now benefitted. The […]

Statement from the College and House of Bishops

Statement from the College and House of Bishops

The College of Bishops of the Church of England met at Lambeth Palace on Monday 12th December. The meeting began with a service of Holy Communion and reflections from the Archbishop of York. Discussions on issues of sexuality took place as part of a process of episcopal discernment which began in September and continued at […]

Savings clubs and financial education in primary schools to be expanded

Savings clubs and financial education in primary schools to be expanded

A network of savings clubs and financial education in primary schools across England is formally launched with backing from the Archbishop of Canterbury. LifeSavers, a programme promoting financial education and savings clubs administered by credit unions in primary schools, is on course to reach 30,000 children by the end of 2018 after a successful pilot […]

A prayer for remembrance day

A prayer for remembrance day

Ever-living God, We remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence; may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.