Catherine Pepinster is an author at Religion News Service.
A year later, Britain remembers 72 killed in fire and faith groups’ response
LONDON (RNS) — The Rev. Alan Everett vividly remembers the early morning hours of June 14, 2017. Flames were engulfing the 24-story apartment building near his church, St. Clement’s in Notting Dale, and he did what came naturally: invite in the weary, fearful and displaced. “Opening the doors and switching on the lights was the […]
Buffer zone around London abortion clinic is a first for Britain
(RNS) — The move has buoyed abortion-rights supporters, who are looking for the creation of more such zones around the nation.
Church of England goes cashless for worshippers’ contributions
LONDON (RNS) — Contactless payment machines will first be used for funeral fees, wedding notices and, eventually, for the weekly offering to the collection.
Archbishop of Canterbury: Church has failed to protect children from abuse
LONDON (RNS) — Justin Welby, the leader of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion — who himself has come under some criticism for his handling of abuse cases — told the commission Wednesday (March 21) that the church needs new powers to safeguard children.
Chief inspector: English schools need to address extremist elements
(RNS) — Some head teachers who run inner-city schools with predominantly Muslim student bodies have taken issue with conservative Muslim parents who want their children to express their religiosity in school, and in turn accuse the teachers of thwarting religious expression.
Stressed-out Anglican priests turn to trade unions for support
LONDON (RNS) — ‘People nowadays expect and demand a quick response if they contact you. And there are some people who seem to feel free to express their anger to clergy in a way they would never do to someone else,’ one priest explained.
2018 likely to be another tough year for the archbishop of Canterbury
LONDON (RNS) — This past year was a trying one for Justin Welby — but he could be in for greater trials.
‘Pope’s sociologist’ fights human trafficking from the Vatican and in her own parish
LONDON (RNS) — Margaret Archer is an esteemed British sociologist who credits Pope Francis with pushing her to the front lines of the war against human trafficking.
Prince Harry will marry a divorced American — and the church is fine with it
(RNS) — The prince and the American actress don’t face the obstacles the Church of England posed for King Edward VIII, who loved another divorced American.
Anglican bishops prep for tough talks on same-sex marriage
LONDON (RNS) — Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has indicated how difficult the meeting is likely to be, saying that the leaders of the Anglican provinces would gather together to pray, and even ‘to weep with one another.’
The Book of Common Prayer gets a glossary
LONDON (RNS) — It is the book that gave us immortal phrases — ’till death do us part’ and ‘ashes to ashes, dust to dust.’ But today, its nearly 500-year-old prose can mystify even priests. A young theologian offers a new glossary to help translate this masterpiece of the English language.
Britons reject creationism but some find evolutionary theory lacking, too
LONDON (RNS) — Many religious people reject the story of Creation. But a significant number of Britons do not find that evolution provides a satisfactory explanation for human consciousness.
British Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor dies at 85
(RNS) — ‘I am at peace and have no fear of what is to come,’ he wrote in a last message.
Evensong sees a surge even as British church attendance declines
(RNS) — From Westminster Abbey to small parish churches, the evensong service in Britain is attracting growing crowds of locals and tourists alike — some who come just for the music and atmosphere, others who appreciate the spirituality as well.
Biggest Christian festival in the UK decides to showcase some Islam too
LONDON (RNS) — ‘It is because we are Christian that we do this. Not because we want to dilute or deny our faith,’ said Paul Northup, the festival’s creative director.