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.
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)
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)
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)
A murder at a McDonald’s has given the party a pretext for attacking an old foe - Economist
Note on the possible appointment of the CofE's first woman bishop - Times
Private Bush was saved by his Bible on a battlefield in Ypres, Belgium - Daily Mail
The boundary is being blurred between fair criticism and hatred in a thin disguise - Telegraph
Most British Pakistanis are appalled at the horrors of Rotherham, but they have to confront the attitudes that cause it - Times
Wine venture approved by Utah in Hildale where breakaway sect owns land - Telegraph
One of the oldest churches in Myanmar, also known as Burma, is struggling to keep going - BBC
Worshippers in Uffington, Lincolnshire, wanted their oak altar to double up as a place to “serve refreshments” - Telegraph
Billed as a cultural celebration, JW3 will feature performances from Sol Bernstein, Josh Howie, and David Baddiel - Independent
Sister Christine Frost on why young men from Tower Hamlets are going to fight in Iraq and Syria - Spectator
Pretending that the danger comes only from the devout could cost lives. - New Statesman
Most halal meat in Britain comes from stunned animals, but some Muslims refuse to accept the practice - Times