Trevor Grundy is an author at Religion News Service.
Top Anglican archbishop: Fear of refugees ‘entirely reasonable’
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The archbishop also rejected as “absolutely outrageous” claims that people worried about refugees were racist.
Quran fragments in drawer at British university may be world’s oldest
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The manuscripts had been brought to England in the late 1920s; a grad student decided to take a closer look.
All-day Sunday shopping may be in the cards in Britain
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Strict laws that limit shopping on Sundays could soon be a thing of the past.
Anglican head expresses concern about Episcopal vote on gay marriage
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) In a statement issued from Lambeth Palace in London, Welby said that the American church’s decision “will cause distress for some and have ramifications for the Anglican Communion as a whole, as well as for its ecumenical and interfaith resolutions.”
Nude trekkers atop Mount Kinabalu deported for offending religious sensibilities
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) In court they admitted to urinating on the mountain and swearing at a guide who told them to respect the mountain because local people have strong religious beliefs that it is where their ancestors reside in the afterlife.
Church of England loses no time, appoints third woman bishop and first to oversee a diocese
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Rachel Treweek will be the first to run a diocese on her own. She will be one rank below archbishop and will become the first woman bishop to sit in the House of Lords, the British Parliament’s Upper House.
England mulls legalization of in vitro technique giving baby DNA of three parents
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) If the bill passes Britain’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, England would become the first country to legalize the procedure.
2 percent of English ministers say humans invented God
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) “Clergy just preach social clap-trap these days,” said Alison Ruoff, a lay member of the Church of England’s General Synod. “We expect better from them.”
Catholic bishop in England resigns over affair with woman, calls decision ‘liberating’
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) “In some respects I feel very calm,” said Kieran Conry. “It is liberating. It is a relief.” But it may not be the end of the matter for the former Roman Catholic leader.
Kissing corpses is helping spread Ebola, expert says
LONDON (RNS) “There are very strong traditional beliefs and traditional funeral rites which require that the whole family touch the dead body, and they have a meal in the presence of the dead body,” renowned scientist Peter Piot said.
British humanists enlist Virginia Woolf and others to answer life’s big questions
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) British humanists hope novelists George Eliot and Virginia Woolf and philosophers Bertrand Russell and A.C. Grayling can help answer life’s big questions without religion.
Vatican cricket team may need divine intervention in match with Church of England
(RNS) “Realistically, we are rank underdogs with a very outside chance, but that’s okay,” said the Rev Eamonn O’Higgins, spiritual director and manager of the Vatican club.
Methodists in England ‘like an iceberg … crumbling into the sea’
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) “It’s totally dying out,” said Linda Woodhead, a sociologist at Lancaster University. “On current trends, they (the Methodists) will disappear, very soon.”
London rally will call for zero tolerance of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The rally comes against the backdrop of a worrying rise in European anti-Semitism and the release of a report by the Community Security Trust that monitors attacks on the Jewish community.
Political correctness about Muslims may have led UK officials to ignore reports of sex abuse
CANTERBURY (RNS) Police and government officials turned a blind eye to reports that teenage girls were sexually abused because of fear that, if widely known, they would stir up anti-Muslim feelings in Britain.