Presentations from the Bishop of Norwich and the Bishop of Willesden

Presentations from the Bishop of Norwich and the Bishop of Willesden

In a presentation to the General Synod ahead of small group work on the House of Bishops Report, Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich has charted the recent history of the Church of England on issues of sexuality. Beginning with…

New See to support multi-cultural communities in Leicestershire

New See to support multi-cultural communities in Leicestershire

General Synod has given its support to a proposal from the Diocese of Leicester to request HM The Queen to create a new See to be called the Bishop of Loughborough. It is the first such new episcopal position since…

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…

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…

Churches’ Mutual Credit Union extends Common Bond to Catholic Church

Churches’ Mutual Credit Union extends Common Bond to Catholic Church

A credit union first launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury and other church leaders is to expand to include eligible members of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and in Scotland. Approval has been given by the regulators for…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…