Good Neighbours: How Churches Help Communities Flourish

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.

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Former Bishop of Winchester Michael Scott-Joynt dies aged 71

The former Anglican Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt, has died aged 71 - BBC News

Gay clergy urged to alter Church rules

The Right Rev Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, has rejected the idea that the Bible forbids gay marriage - Times

Iran executes man for heresy

Mohsen Amir-Aslani convicted of insulting prophet Jonah and making ‘innovations in religion’ through interpretations of Qur’an - Guardian

Atheist church spreads to Paris

First Sunday Assembly in French capital gathers 130 people for singalongs, party games and to ‘celebrate life’ - Guardian

Bishop of Arundel resigns after admitting breach of vows

Leading Catholic bishop, the Rt Rev Kieran Conry, announces his resignation after confessing to breaching his vows of priesthood - Telegraph

Pope revisits 'punishing' rules on Catholic divorce

Hopes are high that Pope Francis might begin the process of allowing divorced and remarried couples to take part in communion - Guardian

A film that feels good, but not through any Hollywood schmaltz

Positive review of BBC 2's new programme 'Marvellous', which features a Christian man who finds a kind of holy wisdom - Independent

AC Grayling's call to abolish RE in schools is dangerously ignorant

Gillian Scott critiques popular atheist philosopher, AC Grayling's recent attack on religious education - Archbishop Cranmer

Catholic theologian banned from giving talk over opposition to church teaching

Tina Beattie’s lecture to Catholic group in Edinburgh is cancelled after she signed letter supporting gay marriage - Guardian

Police officer in Sean Rigg case not allowed to resign, court rules

Andrew Birks, who was working in Brixton when Rigg died in custody, loses legal battle to quit force to become priest - Guardian

Atheism and feminism

Marta Trzebiatowska discusses the relationship between atheism and feminism - OUP Blog

Bath abbey choristers break silence over busker row

Singers say they may quit because of stress and misery caused by ongoing dispute with musicians using amplifiers - Guardian

Eight men put on trial in Cairo over Egypt’s ‘first gay marriage’

Prosecutors allege the men participated in a gay wedding that sparked media backlash after footage of the ceremony emerged - Guardian

How should we pray for ISIS?

Revd. Canon J. John. encourages us to pray for Isis and discusses the dangers of hate - God and Politics

Vatican puts former envoy under house arrest over sex abuse charges

Josef Wesolowski to become to first high-ranking Vatican official to ever face criminal charges for abusing children - Telegraph

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