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Catherine Pepinster

Catherine Pepinster is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Catherine Pepinster

King Charles is interpreting ‘Defender of the Faith’ for a new Britain

By Catherine Pepinster — September 21, 2022
LONDON (RNS) — Next: how to make the country’s rapidly expanding numbers of nonbelievers feel included

Elizabeth II, longest to rule Britain and Church of England, dies at 96

By Catherine Pepinster — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — While bearing the title of Supreme Governor of Britain's established church, Elizabeth let her bishops manage its affairs. But in recent years she had spoken openly about her faith, explaining how it provided the framework of her life.

At Lambeth, Anglican Communion abandons vote on same-sex marriage

By Catherine Pepinster — August 3, 2022
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) — 'The issue of gay people and their rights is equivalent a struggle in our time to the one over race,' said Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Communion row over same-sex marriage overshadows Lambeth Conference opening

By Catherine Pepinster — July 29, 2022
(RNS) — Conservative bishops from the Global South refuse to receive Communion at Lambeth from supporters of same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage sparks divisive debate at twice-delayed Lambeth Conference

By Catherine Pepinster — July 27, 2022
(RNS) — Protests forced the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to revise the conference documents and to make an embarrassing, last-minute U-turn on how the talks will be conducted.

Elizabeth II’s 70 years as head of the Church of England

By Catherine Pepinster — June 3, 2022
LONDON (RNS) — While Defender of the Faith has been, over the years, an inherited title and little more, Elizabeth II embraced it and made it her own.

The most important Jewish woman of medieval England recognized with new statue

By Catherine Pepinster — January 28, 2022
LONDON, England (RNS) — Britain remembers a role model and its own antisemitic past.

Looking for radical solutions to decline, Church of England debates lay-led house churches

By Catherine Pepinster — July 9, 2021
LONDON (RNS) — A proposal published on the eve of the Church of England's General Synod shows the growing influence of evangelicalism.

Boris Johnson and Britain are having their own Catholic crisis

By Catherine Pepinster — June 17, 2021
LONDON (RNS) — ‘Appointment as prime minister is the completion of the Catholic stealth minority’s rise to influence,’ said one historian.

Ethical vegans in UK win court protection for their creed

By Catherine Pepinster — January 8, 2020
LONDON (RNS) — A ruling in an alleged wrongful termination case said that ethical veganism qualified as a philosophical belief under the U.K.'s Equality Act 2010.

Chief rabbi’s attack on anti-Semitism keys reckoning over faith in UK election

By Catherine Pepinster — December 2, 2019
LONDON (RNS) — The Dec. 12 national election has brought unaccustomed denunciations from Britain's top religious figures against discrimination based on faith.

Boy’s removal from church service spurs debate in UK on welcoming those with autism

By Catherine Pepinster — June 21, 2019
LONDON (RNS) — According to the National Autistic Society in the U.K., more than a quarter of people with autism and their families have been asked to leave a public place because of behavior linked to their autism.

With anti-Semitism on the rise, U.K. begins formal inquiry into Labour Party’s attitudes

By Catherine Pepinster — May 31, 2019
LONDON (RNS) — Britain is facing an unprecedented political crisis over religious discrimination as its two biggest political parties are confronting mounting accusations over their treatment of Jews and Muslims.

The priest and the ‘Fleabag’ forge mutual faith in Amazon comedy series

By Catherine Pepinster — May 15, 2019
(RNS) — In the second season of a popular TV comedy series, a handsome, swearing, gin-swilling cleric won over a 'lying, acerbic sex addict' — not to mention the famously secular U.K. America is next.

In a rural corner of Britain, a farm reconnects Judaism with the land

By Catherine Pepinster — May 10, 2019
(RNS) — At Sadeh, a farm in Kent, Talia Chain and her small staff are reconnecting Judaism with its agricultural roots and biblical principles of growing food.
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