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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Church Proclaims God's Love of Sex on Controversial Billboard

Restored Church in Pennsylvania put up the billboard ahead of a new series of sermons that are set begin this month, surrounding the Song of Solomon (Mirror)

Help me die if I become a burden, says Mary Berry

Mary Berry, the TV chef, has said she would like her children to be able to give her a pill to end her life as soon as she becomes a burden (Times)

Church Diplomacy

Michael Binyon says church leaders are now using their moral authority to persuade leaders in conflict situations to look again at proposals for peace (Diplomat)

No-cult zone

A murder at a McDonald’s has given the party a pretext for attacking an old foe - Economist

Speaker’s cornered

Note on the possible appointment of the CofE's first woman bishop - Times

The Great War soldiers saved by a pocket Bible, a whistle and a camera

Private Bush was saved by his Bible on a battlefield in Ypres, Belgium - Daily Mail

A new strain of anti-Semitism is on the rise

The boundary is being blurred between fair criticism and hatred in a thin disguise - Telegraph

Muslims must tackle the misogyny in their midst

Most British Pakistanis are appalled at the horrors of Rotherham, but they have to confront the attitudes that cause it - Times

Polygamist mormon sect stronghold to get a winery

Wine venture approved by Utah in Hildale where breakaway sect owns land - Telegraph

The last Armenians of Myanmar

One of the oldest churches in Myanmar, also known as Burma, is struggling to keep going - BBC

Church banned from using altar to serve cups of tea

Worshippers in Uffington, Lincolnshire, wanted their oak altar to double up as a place to “serve refreshments” - Telegraph

Comedy festival out to show that there’s more to Jewish humour than rabbi jokes

Billed as a cultural celebration, JW3 will feature performances from Sol Bernstein, Josh Howie, and David Baddiel - Independent

The nun who took down an Isis flag – and stands up for east London's Muslims

Sister Christine Frost on why young men from Tower Hamlets are going to fight in Iraq and Syria - Spectator

What the jihadists who bought “Islam for Dummies” on Amazon tell us about radicalisation

Pretending that the danger comes only from the devout could cost lives. - New Statesman

Animals to be stunned and revived in halal experiment

Most halal meat in Britain comes from stunned animals, but some Muslims refuse to accept the practice - Times

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