In a report for the Church Urban Fund, Paul Bickley argues that churches tackle the relational deficit blighting deprived communities.
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Religion in the Media
A daily roundup of media stories about religion.
Rev Nigel Genders, the Church of England's chief education officer writes about the importance of RE - TES Opinion
Archbishop Welby, who admitted that he sometimes doubts the existence of God, has been praised by the Diocese of Bristol - BBC
Scientists call for massive mobilisation inspired by the Vatican and other religions - Independent
Scotland needs to be healed after a referendum contest largely based on enmity, not enlightenment - Telegraph
Cardinals will publish a book rejecting Pope Francis' plan to reconsider allowing remarried divorcees to receive communion - Times
Metropolitan police officer under investigation over the death of a man in custody wants to become a Church of England minister - Guardian
Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s prayer ahead of People’s Climate March warns that the global economy is destroying the web of life - Guardian
The Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed that challenging situations have led him to question the existence of God regularly - Times
The Anglican Mission in England looks like a support group. But if required, it could turn into rather more than that - Spectator
A new breed of modern-day monks is reviving a 1,000-year-old tradition by setting up a Church in Wales "monastery" - BBC
Imams have called on every mosque in the UK to hold a day of prayer for the British taxi driver threatened with beheading - Times
A musical director was dismissed from a festival after impersonating Hitler in front of a visiting German choir - Times
Rural clergyman defends plans for public thanksgiving service for his civil partnership in face of claims the move is ‘divisive’ - Telegraph
Rosie Millard rallies with the Rev Kate Bottley in condemning Songs of Praise as outdated - Independent
One proposal for civil partnerships in Jersey would rob people of being able to get fully married in church, says Anglican dean - BBC