Catherine Pepinster is an author at Religion News Service.
Britain’s first Anglican same-sex marriage celebrated in a Scottish church
LONDON (RNS) — In June, the Scottish Episcopal Church, which is part of the Anglican Communion, announced that it was allowing gay weddings after its synod voted to amend its canon law on marriage.
Charlie Gard dies after sparking a global debate on the ethics of life and death
LONDON (RNS) — The baby died after his parents gave up a protracted legal battle with a London hospital over whether he could be successfully treated in the United States for a rare genetic condition.
It’s no longer Sunday best for the Church of England
LONDON (RNS) — But will they convince young people it’s a 21st-century institution they want to join?
As Anglicans point fingers in sex abuse scandal, George Carey quits honorary role
LONDON (RNS) George Carey’s resignation highlights how church institutions are shifting their focus to punishing church officials for their roles in covering up child sex abuse by priests, even as some criticize them for not sufficiently addressing victims’ needs.
Finsbury Park attack a window onto two Britains: One seeking tolerance, the other revenge
LONDON (RNS) In Britain, some people cynically describe friendly relations between members of different faiths as ‘tea and samosas,’ but others suggest expressions of solidarity are growing despite the recent attack.
British Christians wonder if there is room for them in politics
LONDON (RNS) ‘We are kidding ourselves if we think we are living in a tolerant liberal society,’ said Tim Farron, who stepped down as leader of the Liberal Democrat Christian Forum because of his faith.
Debate about Islam and security dominates British election
LONDON (RNS) After three major terror attacks in as many months, Muslim leaders are under pressure to acknowledge a connection between their faith and jihadi violence, while the government is under pressure to take firm action.
Religious leaders shocked by attack on Ramadan and Pentecost
LONDON (RNS) The archbishop of Canterbury warned that the U.K. could end up ‘hiding behind closed doors’ and urged Christians not to be afraid.
Mourning in Manchester, religious and secular traditions meet and meld
(RNS) This is a moment where Christian tradition meets secular rituals that have come to define public mourning since this increasingly irreligious nation said goodbye to Princess Diana exactly 20 years ago.
How the British developed a taste for religion in politics
LONDON (RNS) The reasons are complex and include an aggressive secularism, the influx of migrants of other faiths and fears about Islam.
What Jeffrey John’s rejection says about unity in the Anglican Communion
LONDON (RNS) John has been rejected as a candidate for bishop a remarkable seven times. It is more than a personal blow. It is about the worldwide Anglican Communion’s lingering division over homosexuality.
Endangered Anglican cathedrals prompt Church of England review
LONDON (RNS) The maintenance and repair of these ancient buildings are causing much of the cathedrals’ financial problems.
Muslim mayor stresses diversity after London attack, but Britons still uneasy
LONDON (RNS) ‘Islamophobia is our last blind spot,’ said another Muslim pathbreaker, Sayeeda Warsi, who was Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet minister.